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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Sudden Debt's picture

it used to be written on his foreskin...

musimann's picture

I'm thinkin a cattle prod up his ass would do the trick.

shovelhead's picture

I always look at the next false flag attempt as a distraction from the last false flag that utterly fails when examined.

My all time favorite is still Hatboy carrying the "wounded" guy past the camera TOWARDS the club:

"So what brings you to Orlando?"

They got a long way to go to top that gem of ad-lib acting.

JRobby's picture

Russian plane shot down over the weekend,

2 Russian diplomats assasinated,

NATO accountant assasinated, etc. etc.

All deep state shit.

Itinerant's picture
  1. How easy will it be to name individual Russians who hacked anything AND who have substantial assets the US government can freeze ? Except for Putin, of whom it is said that little happens in Russia (and apparently the rest of the world) without him knowing about it, almost a claim to omniscience.
  2. Try to approach this from the opposite end of the trip: How did the Russians know they would hit pay dirt by targeting the DNC, Hillary, and Podesta? How much would they have had to hack without spilling it in public to hit such mother lodes of political bingo?
  3. The NSA traces all email traffic, certainly for US cloud providers such as gmail and yahoo? How classified would it be for them to print out traffic statistics pointing to some Russian hacker? Could they prove further that the traffic points to actual contents? (Any server has thousands of people knocking at the door everyday).

Apart from this there are a lot of other problems. Imagine if Putin had said that Russia does not want to see Hillary in power because she is a war-monger? No hacks or anything. Just openly say it. Well, Obama did just that with respect to the Brexit vote. If Russia is trying to interfere in the elections of NATO countries, what do you think the CIA is for. Hell, they even eavesdrop on all the NATO leaders. The CIA is there to influence all manner of media expression and to incite regime change and carry out clandestine murder. Even if this imagined clandestine hack took place, what exactly is the fuss?

Kayman's picture

Trump needs to tell the Canadians to release the foreign donors' names in the Clinton Guistra dirty bribe fund. Or Trump will release the pictures of Pierre, jr.'s mother Margaret blowing Mick Jagger.

The private server was a money printing machine. And the Chinese were part of it. The Clinton's dirty money can be traced back to the Walmart days when old Sam died and "made in America" was trash canned. Far cheaper to bribe the Clintons.

Whoa Dammit's picture

What are they trying to hide with the Russian Hacker story ? It can't be just an excuse for the election loss cuz that's spilled milk at this point. Is someone trying to cover-up their own Pizza Past ? 

CheapBastard's picture

I bet if they check Anthony Weener's secret lap top they'll find everything...more naked pics of him and his teen gals, Huma nude with her moslim bortherhoods, Cankles shacked up with Soweeto and Podesta at Motel 6 eating pepperoni pizza, etc.....

goldandsilverguy's picture

Obama = failed presidency.   

chubbar's picture

I could have told you that 8 years ago but white guilt and slick campaign slogans would have drowned out that message.

PrintemDano's picture

Au Contaire........  he would deem his presidency as quite successful.....black on white crime wave exploding, murdered cops, debt out the ass....

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

I think the 650,000 email trove is loaded with the goods.  That is why Comey was compelled just days before election to go public.  But then something changed, and the FBI supposedly in a few days managed to scan all those emails for classified info.  Something fishy happened for sure.

But Donald won.  Let justice be served, Donald.

chubbar's picture

It's bigger and fishy-er. The dude from blackwater ops said he had reliable inside info that the NYPD were going to make arrests shortly, the NYPD leaked that this was BIG! Then NOTHING. The whole story was buried. I haven't seen any dead cops showing up in the river yet so not sure if it's just on hold until Trump takes office or if it's really buried and folks temporarily paid off until they can be taken care of when it's not so obvious.

L Bean's picture

Right because a mercenary wouldn't lie or anything. The CIA puts this stuff out to ridicule a similar truth that they want to keep obscured.

HippieHaulers's picture

Best comment on The Hill article: 

Hillary: "Putin: Did you hack the election?"

Putin: "What, like with a hacksaw or something?"

Took Red Pill's picture

Can you imagine if Hillary had won? Instead of Trump saying he didn't believe the Russians did it, she would have just gone along with it, sanctioned Russia more and brought us another step closer to war!

Ranger611's picture

Bitch Hillary and family will go directly to Jail. Sessions will prosecute even only the Clinton Foundation. The President of These United States cannot by law prosecute anyone.

sun tzu's picture

No evidence is needed when you have the presstitutes at Clinton News Network, Joo York Slimes, and Washington ComPost spreading fake news

Chupacabra-322's picture

The misconception is that individuals believe we are dealing with normal, sane human beings. We're not. Far from it. What we are dealing with are sick, twisted, Pure Evil Criminal, Psychopathic, Satanic / Lucerferian elements from the CIA / Pentagram Temple of Set Scum literally making Hell on Earth.

Hell Bent on one goal: Total Complete Full Spectrum World Domination over Mankind.

These "Occult" Scum Fucks have been "Illuminated" & bought out into the light for all the World to see. And, like roaches. They're attempting to scurry back into the darkness through distraction & deception.

It would be Nieve to think that hundreds of thousands of years of control over mankind be simply turned over by the Criminal Pure Evil Psychopathic Elite.

jeff montanye's picture

i agree generally.  however, for my taste, these scum fucks have not been illuminated sufficiently in the dimensions you cite (satanic, illuminati).  more like hints and rumors, statues at the scaliattack, etc.

but there is an additional comprehensive, multi-generational, transnational, political/financial/military/clandestine conspiracy of the likud mossad of israel with the aipac, the adl, etc. and many sayanim to control from the ground up the candidates for u.s. political office and their campaign financing.  and this is hidden only in the legacy media.  in truth it is in plain sight if one investigates even a little.  here's a start:

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/098213150X/sr=1-1/qid=1467687982/ref=olp_pro...

 

Whalley World's picture

Why do you think the Russian plane was hit with an EMP?

brianshell's picture

The CIA has no mandate to wage war, especially without the knowledge or consent of congress.

Either clarify their mandate or do away with it.

Secrecy is the bain of a free society. Except in time of war, secrecy in public matters should be outlawed. If the people knew what was going on, most of the heinous acts would not happen.

Ranger611's picture

Probably MORE! Costs $132,000 an hour to operate Air One! Give a person like Oback Arama the big checkbook and a telepromter and the sky is limitless!

BullyBearish's picture

Truth, evidence, proof...they don't need no f(Y*&ing Truth, evidence, proof...A$$hole!

 

It's all about misdirection...trying to take light off of the utter failure of his administration and his "party"

bamawatson's picture

mooch likes graham cracker

MFL5591's picture

22 days and this trash is out!  Not soon enough!

chubbar's picture

No smoking gun to convince people who aren't already convinced??? No one should be convinced until they see evidence, hard evidence that can't be manufactured by the CIA, that the Russians hacked. The media reporting this as fact shouldn't have anyone "convinced". Wikileaks has already told us that this was a leak, not a hack. Why isn't THAT evidence that this whole story is manufactured to continue the "Russia bad" narrative? How about the intel agencies investigate that angle of the story?

I wouldn't trust the CIA if they told me water was wet at this point in my life. They play their mind fuck games with americans almost to the exclusion of doing anything else. They need to be disbanded and scattered to the winds.

As far as Lindsey Graham is concerned, there are fairly new wikileaks that imply he was given guarantees by the Clinton campaign of a "clear road" in the next election if he played ball. Not sure what he did or is doing to earn that "clear path" for his election but I'm pretty sure that if this is accurate, it isn't in the best interests of america or to the benefit of Trump. This guy is definitely corrupt.

Arctic Frost's picture

THAT'S why Graham came out a bit ago declaring Russia hacked his email!!! I wondered what that was about and I thought his comments were so strange and disjointed. NOW it makes perfect sense. Something is going to come out about renegade Republicans doing the pay for play game with Clinton. I bet it's going to come out through leaked emails too.

Obvious radical speculation on my part, but you have to admit after everything the establishment and the DNC have done to try and take over control of this country away from the people this actually makes sense. I cannot wait to see how this unfolds. I agree completely with your statement, Chubbar and I suspect something very damaging for rouge Republican senators is about to explode. It would explain all of this. . .

musimann's picture

probably has lot of pics of sick pedo shit. Now he wants to blame it on the Russians.

centerline's picture

Funny how no one can dispute the authenticity of the emails - but instead the focus is shifted onto "hacking." 

Hey, look... a squirrel...

RagaMuffin's picture

More like  all gas and no ass............

post turtle saver's picture

"Typical of lazy propaganda."

a.k.a. made up bullshit...

The Greek horse's picture

The Donald has to dismantle the CIA FBI and the NSA once he is president if he makes by January 20.. The swamp is much deeper then he thinks!!

dubaibubble's picture

hard to believe Obongo could look even more foolish than he has in the past

the Obongo years = a hollow legacy

 

Ranger611's picture

Legacy of Homogenized Horse Hockey!

Freddie's picture

Lindsay Graham and the NeoCon GOP-e are just as vile and disgusting like the NeoLibs like Feinstein and Schumer who are quieter about it.  Bushes, Clintons, Obama, NeoCons, MIC, the Pentagram and everyone else involved in genocide in libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, East Ukraine and other places should be on trial for war crimes and genocide.

Whoo hoo - Trump won GOP-e controls everything but the GOP-e COngress did everything Obama/Soros/Bibi/Nudelman/MIC/Rothschild/Rockefeller wants.   Nothing will really change.

Russian TV show news thanking Alex Jones for standing up to the elites and war mongers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRxOve4EKXg

stant's picture

Hope he gets the same bunch who did his birth certificate

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Or he could hire Colin Powell to lay out all of the evidence and convince everybody

that Putin hacked the election with his Iphone.

Kayman's picture

Powell should just come out and admit he was the patsy- played like a patriotic dope.  

Imagine the world if Dubya and Blair hadn't invaded Iraq.

brianshell's picture

Powell started to resist but then somebody got to him and he folded. Just like Kuchinich, in his case Obama.

Until Trump, no one man could stand up to the cabal. This could be a strange refreshing era for our country. Lets hope the tribe is at least sidetracked. If Trump tweets what the tribe is really doing, at least the people can see it for themselves. Enough of the shadow, deception and secrecy.

Freddie's picture

Powell was always a shitbag and Bush lackey.   The Bushes, Clintons and Obama are all Agency and all owned.   The Bushes are always in the background of every war starting with Prescott and WW2.   The only one that their fingerprints may not be on is Korea and Serbia. 

If Trump tweets what the tribe is really doing, at least the people can see it for themselves.

Kind of hard when you sold your kids to the tribe.  I like Trump but I doubt anything will change.  He is servile to Bibi like Congress, the Pentagram and the rest.

thecondor's picture

Release the evidence or shut the fuck up Obama, and quit picking fights with other nations you stupid fuck. 

BabaLooey's picture

Well smote lad.

I would add - shut the FUCK up's to Linseed GramFag, and the Jowl from the desert, John McDumbass.

WHERE'S THE PROOF MOTHERFUCKERS

Pure Evil's picture

You left out the cock gobbler from Kentucky, Jowls McConnel.

BorisTheBlade's picture

Please stand by, evidence is being manufactured as we speak.

Cruel Joke's picture

Fake evidence. Fake news, FLAG!

Ranger611's picture

By the way. Donald Trump's IQ is 150 Oback Arama 's is 102. FACT!