Obama Under "Intense Pressure" To Release Evidence Proving Russians Hacked The Election

Tyler Durden's picture

As noted previously, at some point today the White House is set to unveil new sanction, and other retaliatory "measures" against Russia and specifically the Kremlin, in retaliation for what according to a constantly repetitive narrative has been Russian hacking of the US election. Obama will do so by using a 2015 executive order that would allow the president to freeze the US assets of Russians overseas who have engaged in cyber acts, even though such order only applies to actions that have threatened U.S. national security or financial stability, neither of which have yet been invoked in the current "hacking" scandal.  Further, per a "senior administration official," use of the existing law would require (1) actual election infrastructure to be designated as 'critical infrastructure' and (2) the administration to prove that such infrastructure was actually "harmed," conditions which the National Security Council say have not been met.

The problem is that if the administration relies on the 2015 Executive Order to launch this latest round of diplomatic "retaliation", it will also have to demonstrate some proof that the individuals or entities it names were involved in the scheme, and until now, the White House has provided no documentation to back up its official October assessment that the Russian government was attempting to “interfere” in the U.S. election besides just repeating the allegation over and over and over, as if that somehow makes it true.

Which perhaps is why this morning The Hill writes that the Obama administration is "under intense pressure to release evidence confirming Russian interference in the presidential election before leaving office."

As the website correctly note, "the administration up until now has provided little documentation to back up its official October assessment that the Russian government was attempting to “interfere” in the U.S. election." Actually, it has provided exactly zero documentation, but that has not stopped the media machine from parroting the claims and repeating it ad nauseam, in hopes the emotional appeals through repetition will make it factual.

Just as bad, the Hill also writes that nor has Obama "corroborated subsequent leaks from anonymous officials contending that the CIA believes the campaign was an attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure Donald Trump’s victory."

So where are we in the process of producing evidence? Apparently nowhere:

President Obama has ordered the intelligence community to produce a complete review of its findings before Trump takes office on Jan. 20. The White House has said it will make as much of the report public as it can. But officials have warned that the document will contain “highly sensitive and classified information” and it is unclear how much concrete evidence it will be able to release.

 

Releasing any documentation of Russian interference would be a slap in the face to Trump, who has rejected assertions that the Kremlin was involved in the hacks on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. The president-elect and his team have treated any suggestion of Russian involvement as an attack on the legitimacy of his election win, and Republican leaders in Congress have treaded carefully on the issue.

Well, let Obama released the proof first, then we'll worry about "slaps in faces." For now, all we have are ever louder, if unsubstantiated allegations by the CIA:

The firestorm ignited by the CIA’s assessment has spurred calls from both parties for the administration to provide proof of Russian meddling. In late November, seven Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee urged the White House to declassify “additional information concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election.”

 

As of last week, they had not yet received a response.

 

The House Intelligence Committee earlier this month demanded a briefing on the subject, but was rebuffed intelligence leaders, which said that they will not brief Congress again until the completion of the report for the White House.

 

Journalists have also pushed for more documentation. VICE journalist Jason Leopold and Ryan Shapiro, a Ph.D. candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the CIA, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence seeking records pertaining to Russian interference. 

 

And even Trump’s transition team has said the White House should provide definitive proof to back up its claims. "If the CIA Director [John] Brennan and others at the top are serious about turning over evidence … they should do that," Trump aide Kellyanne Conway said earlier this month. "They should not be leaking to the media. If there's evidence, let's see it."

Meanwhile, Obama has asked the public to take the assessment of Russian interference purely on faith, suggesting that "the American people already know everything they need to know to accept the conclusions of the CIA report." Just like they knew all about Iraq's "Weapons of Mass Destruction."

"There are still a whole range of assessments taking place among the [intelligence] agencies," Obama told NPR earlier this month, referring to the report. “But that does not in any way, I think, detract from the basic point that everyone during the election perceived accurately — that in fact what the Russian hack had done was create more problems for the Clinton campaign than it had for the Trump campaign.”

 

Private security firms have provided more detailed forensic analysis linking two well-known Russian intelligence groups to the data breach at the DNC. Beyond that, the evidence of Russian interference is compelling, though circumstantial.

 

Russia has a long history of trying to influence elections across Europe, and intelligence experts say it’s plausible that Putin would see an upside to a Trump White House, given his expressed desire to “get along” with the Kremlin.  He hinted in the fall that he might refuse help to some NATO allies should they be attacked by Russia. The statement sent shock waves through the foreign policy community, as the alliance’s chief purpose has long been to serve as a check on Russian aggression.

 

Although there is disagreement among lawmakers about whether Russia intended to help Trump, few disagree that the DNC and Podesta hacks were in some way an attempt to meddle in the election. Public reporting and previous briefings by intelligence agencies appear to have convinced them of that.

To be sure, the neocons in the Senate are getting restless and are desperate to damage relations with Russia even more: “There are 100 United States senators. ... I would say that 99 percent of us believe that the Russians did this, and we’re going to do something about it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on “The Situation Room” on Tuesday.  Lawmakers have vowed to hold hearings on the matter when Congress returns in January.

Obama, meanwhile, has promised to deliver his report to Congress and release what he can as soon as the intelligence community completes it. “I’m sure what is happening right now is they are going through the calculus of, ‘How much intelligence, how many sources and methods are we willing to burn to make our point?’” said one former White House official.  

“My guess is they will have information that indicates course of conduct and links to activities that suggest motivation,” but no smoking gun that will convince those who aren’t already convinced, he said.

“I think the link between what [the public] gets to see and whatever retaliatory action [Obama takes] is going to be very, very tight,” the former official said.  “Showing information is a necessary precondition for most of the public types of retaliation that have been contemplated.

Except, apparently, in this case, in which Obama is again set to launch a cyberwar shot across the Russian bow with the US public once again expected to believe that its administration would never lie to it.

And with that we await for Obama to disclose just which Russians it has decided to put on the latest sanctions "black list", and whose assets Washington believes it can confiscate without suffering consequences that are too great. And, of course, we will eagerly look forward to the imminent Russian counter-retaliation due out shortly after.

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Cognitive Dissonance's picture

All smoke and no fire. Typical of lazy propaganda.

knukles's picture

Perhaps Lindsay Graham should spend some time with da Mooch to get the inside information on what's real or not.

JRobby's picture

He would prefer to start a conflict and try to stay in power with some kind of "emergencey powers" that he dreams up from Hawaii.

(Obama vacation costs $85mil over 8 years!!!)

This is the same BS as WMD's in Iraq. Common Thread: CIA involved.

Until the deep state is rooted out and incarcerated, there will be barriers to a functioning republic.

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) JRobby Dec 29, 2016 8:56 AM

Maybe they can find the evidence they need on HRC's closet e-mail server in file named TOP SECRET

y3maxx's picture

-Look for a major false flag event to take the pressure off these fake reports.

Battleaxe's picture

They have satellite photos of the Russians weapons of mass deception!

BarkingCat's picture

Yes they do.

Russians are not alleging that they do not have such weapons. Quite the opposite.

Pure Evil's picture

Just give the document to Hillary. She has no qualms about disseminating "highly sensitive and classified information"

Hey, its not as if they're going to prosecute her for past indescretions.

Mercury's picture

Back in the day when most Americans trusted the federal government, Washington presented, at the UN, specific evidence of Russian missile sites in Cuba.

 

Now it's "a majority of experts agree that..."

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Mercury Dec 29, 2016 9:45 AM

"Experts" = Saul Alinsky trained Ivy League professors, Operation Mockingbird trainees, & presstitutes

Mercury's picture

Here's what the MSM used to think about glad-handing with Russia back when Hillary was going to be the next POTUS: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/for-hillary-clinton-and-boeing-a...

Bonus: Boeing was probably pretty comfortable overcharging for the new AF1 after throwing money at the Clintons don't you think?

froze25's picture

Hey Lindsay, 99% believe it huh? Like the 88% probability that Hillary would win? You were in that camp weren't you? You also pushed the BS about the WMD's in Iraq you traitor. No One Trust you anymore, not because of the Russians but because you just keep lying!

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

LimpD Lindsey made that determination as several page-boies danced on his desk.  He may have been distracted . . .

Richard Chesler's picture

Where is that guy that forges birth certificates when you need him?

bamawatson's picture

where are eric braverman, neil brown, marc turi

espirit's picture

Wait, what?

I thought Pedogate, Pizzagate, Libyagate, Servergate, Arkancide, et al were...

Fake News!!!

Now they're saying Putin hacked the truth ?!?!?

 

Libtards are running out of feet to shoot off.

HopefulCynical's picture

The most satisfying part of the whole election has been watching the libtards burst into a flaming loser-ball of hate, vitriol, hypocrisy and epic stupidity.

It really has been like a toddler in the cereal isle for the past two months. LMMFAO.

jcaz's picture

Barry has never let facts get in the way of making his case- that's why he's an "expert" in Constitutional Law.......

PrintemDano's picture

 ...watching the libtards burst into a flaming loser-ball of hate, vitriol, hypocrisy and epic stupidity.    How is this any different than how libtards usually behave?

musimann's picture

99% of homos prefer boys too Lyndsy.

Cynicles's picture

His name was Robert Paulson

weburke's picture

obama COULD explain why biden was in serbia in mid august, and why trumps son in law was in bosnia at the same time "vacationing" on a yacht with clinton friends.

HopefulCynical's picture

Obongo probably is trying to start WWIII so he can declare himself president for life. But short of nuking Moscow, he's not going to get Putin to take the bait. All Vlad has to do is hunker down for 22 more days, and Obongo goes BUH BYE.

BennyBoy's picture

 

Never gonna release what doesn't exist.

Only release what gets manufactured in the CIA.

zuuma's picture

Pressure? 
What pressure?
Odumbo is only feeling 14 lbs/ sq inch, or so. Like everyone else near sea level.
Not one shit is given by that guy. For anything.  Except caulk.

He'll spend retirment bitching about stuff & doing lots and lots of caulk - remodling & improving his Hawaian estate.
caulk, caulk, caulk.  All the time. I wonder what his favorite color of caulk might be?
Can't have enough caulk in a tropical place like that, eh?

TeamDepends's picture

No doubt he has already made some friends down at the Bath House who are remodeling experts and more than happy to help with his caulk. Barry will provide a smorgasbord of Summer Sausage and hot dogs cooked up with spirit!

JRobby's picture

You may be on to something. I think he smokes dried caulk out of a crack pipe.

PrintemDano's picture

I'm thinking his favorite color of caulk is any color he can wrap his hands,  mouth, and sphincter around...

Crash Overide's picture

Russia hacked the elections but the "proof" is classified, you will have to trust the CIA and Obama and take their word for it.

Took Red Pill's picture

but Obama was voted the most admired man in America in a recent Gallop poll so he would never lie!

http://www.aol.com/article/news/2016/12/29/gallup-poll-obama-most-admire...

 

chunga's picture

All this shit out of Barkey blaming the Russians for the fact that the entire bunch in DC is corrupt to the core makes me wonder how much evidence they have concerning things like 9/11 and Flight MH17.

I'd love to see a massive truth bomb right on their heads.

JRobby's picture

Russian plane shot down over the weekend, 2 Russian diplomats assasinated, NATO accountant assasinated, etc. etc. All deep state shit.

 

two hoots's picture

Projecting Failure is a bad idea.  It doens't take long before your weaknesses are exposed and others take advantage.  Then what do you do?  You strike back to cover your ass.  

  • Syria/Aleppo
  • Compromised Data (failed to protect)
  • Democratic Party decimated
  • Mosul (How is that going)
  • Israel Settlements (2 State Policy for entire administration but just now reacts)
  • Trump a threat to legacy
  • China, Philippines

Obama, Biden (no free pass), Kerry/Clinton and the entourage all now exposed and throwing tantrums.    McCain and Graham are intoxicated with placebo power.

jeff montanye's picture

speaking of projecting failure, it's about time to admit that the two state solution is a failure since it never succeeds (definition of failure, imo)

so herewith the solution for the problem of palestine is the much simpler, less superficially controversial plan to just make good on the endlessly offered without proof assertion by the israelis that israel is a democracy:

give all adults inside the de facto borders (post 1967, i.e. occupied territories) of israel the vote.  done and done.

one state solution.  just like south africa.

now if the hardcore likud etc. want to negotiate with germany for a little bit of say bavaria for the descendants of the persecuted jews and their invitees to make a jewish enclave for eternity (all germans out!) i guess that's their business.

Sudden Debt's picture

PROOF??!!! OBAMA DOESN'T NEED NO PROOF!!

HE'S GOD!!!

AND THE REST ARE JUST BUGS!!!

AND ONLY EVIL RUSSIANS REQUIRE "PROOF" AS THEY DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD!!

 

That nigger doesn't respect anybody in America. He hates white people, he hates every institution, and all he believes is that everybody should respect him because the man and his "wife" feel they are gods.

Let's hope America has learned a lesson picking a president like that one.

 

jeff montanye's picture

that is a provable misstatement, sudden.

he does not hate every american institution or all white people.  herewith a list of institutions and, generally speaking, the people associated with them are traditionally white:

http://ijr.com/2015/03/281914-obama-gears-220th-round-golf-lets-first-lo...

JRobby's picture

"a majority of experts agree that..." = Beltway Speak = "Nameless Treasonous Assholes" = Deep State Speak = "CIA"

auricle's picture

A smooth transition of power would dictate that without imminent threat the outgoing president would not be engaging in hostile rhetoric against foreign nations. If Obama initiates something in these final two weeks then this would be an unprecidented action. 

Four chan's picture

How did hillary get the cia to lie for her to over throw the us election? why is the cia trying to overthrow the us government? 

Sudden Debt's picture

it's for your best interest and if you don't understand that, you're an enemy of the state because they say so.

DjangoCat's picture

Hey Sud, thanks for making it all clear.

centerline's picture

Just some of the more interesting questions.  Doesn't add up to anything nice though.  It is clear that the American public is seen as the enemy of the political class either way. 

CuttingEdge's picture

This cunt needs FAKE tattooed in big red letters on his forehead.

Either before or after he leaves office, I'm not fussed.

Calling WB7...