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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truthalwayswinsout's picture

Lazy propaganda??? No way. He doesn't know how to spell.

Racin Rabitt's picture

He can write a confession in finger paints, and the press will still support him.

jomamalee's picture

Get this fck face out of office now. This obamfcker is worse than hitler.

max2205's picture

Another red line 

Stan522's picture

obama doesn't care....

He's gone in 20 days. It matters not for him. The whole facade comes crashing down once Trump is in and he's gone....

Coldfire's picture

Fuck off, whObama.

drchris's picture

There were 4 leaks against the Democrats:

1) DC Leaks

2) Guccifer 2.0

3) Wikileaks DNC

4) Wikileaks Podesta

 

They aren't even telling us which one(s) they are blaming on the Russians. The last two used completely different methods. The third got access to an email server and the forth used a phishing attack. 

phreezerburn's picture

Five Eyes needs no phishing to get access to ANYTHING hiding behind "https". They are nuts deep into Cisco and Juniper network APPLIANCES. The so called "experts" are making their $$$ from .GOV across the globe who almost to a country bend a knee to the USA. Actual independent hacktivists see the "it's the Russians" as a lolfest.

NoWayJose's picture

I bet he hides behind the old line -

I have seen the evidence and it is real, so believe me - but I cannot release it without revealing our own cyber defense capabilities to our enemies.

Hopeless for Change's picture

The brown clown doesn't deal in facts.

brushhog's picture

Well, until I see some evidence its just more fake news/propaganda coming from the corrupt left and their media henchmen. What else are we to believe after the avalanche of lies and corruption that we just witnessed over the past 6 months?? They were just caught in a millionlies and schemes that went all the way to the top and we're supposed to believe that NOW they are telling the truth??

Kayman's picture

Special Propaganda Tax on Mainstream Media.  I like the sound of that. Price those dirt bags out of business. 

brushhog's picture

The way to levie the tax is by not tuning in and not believing a word that comes out of their mouths

chubbar's picture

It's not just "the left". FOX news is running this narrative as well and they put out fake news all the time. They are one of the worst purveyors of the "russia bad" narrative. The only place where this hack is being questioned is in the Alt media and Trump headquarters. He isn't getting any help from either side of the aisle in congress or media. No one is demanding further proof of a hack.

Freddie's picture

All of TV and Hollywood is total shit.   I am dumbfounded by conservatives who still think Fox is their friend and go on and on about that stupid blond woman on Fox.  That skank.  I cannot even remember her name.  I do not watch shit TV.  Judge Pirro and Napolitano are good but the rest are a joke.  Stuart Varney and Lob Dobbs are alright as well along with Steve Santelli on the trading floor.  

I stopped watching their TV and Hollywood shit over a decade ago.

Putin and the Russian are smart, logical and speak common sense.  They help expose even more, how stupid and evil Obama, McCain, Graham and the rest are.  Washington DC just sells out the American people on a daily basis.

Catullus's picture

They need to disprove first that this wasn't an inside job. The most likely explanation is that these were LEAKS. Not hacks. The DNC has an army of consultants and contractors who all had the means, motive, and opportunity to pull this off. Even wikileaks says the source isn't Russia. The information was handed off to them.

Who's the most likely suspect when sensitive information is leaked about your organization? Your own employees.

Disillusioned staffers who saw the corruption behind tipping the scales from Bernie to Hillary dumped the emails to Wikileaks.

The real question is whether Bernie was in on it or not.

KuriousKat's picture

Podestas Maps led the CIA to the Russians. You can't argue with Maps..Its a slam dunk.

Kayman's picture

Finger pointing at a map. Ya see- there's Russia and here's America.  A direct line I tell ya.

Pure Evil's picture

Yeah, all the dots connect.

Like........all two of them.

Bill of Rights's picture

Ahh the Weapon of mass destruction that never existed... it takes time to make this shit up CGI can only render so fast.

KuriousKat's picture

If they use radiosity or lightwave God only knows..they can do crazy shit..but will it pass the smell test is the question

Pure Evil's picture

If someone's had their nose firmly planted up Odickhole's ass for the past eight years do they pass the smell test?

navy62802's picture

The hampster wheel is turning furiously right now in Washington.

Uncertain T's picture

So are the paper shredders.

pine_marten's picture

No problem - he is used to pulling things out of his ass.

KuriousKat's picture

If he pulls it out too fast..he may open up like a parachute..thats why he is taking his time..

Mike Masr's picture

This bullshit Russian interference story is more sour grapes meant to discredit Donald Trump's election victory. The anti-Tump protests and riots didn't work. The recount failed miserably. So now it's the fake news that "Russia did it". 

It's already out that it was a disgruntled Bernie Sanders DNC insider that "leaked" the emails to Julian Assange and Wikileaks and NOT Russian hacking. Maybe Seth Rich? The Obama Administration is ignoring this and continuing with its idiotic "Russia did it" theme which is "fake news". Donald is right, not one shred of evidence.

Then you have these two old fucking idiotic warmongering senators, John McCain and that fag Lindsay Graham rattling the cages of the Estonians about a looming threat from Russia. These two old fucking jerks would love to get a nuclear World War 3 going. What the fuck do they care? What are they 70, 80 years old? Fuck them. What kind of fucking people would vote and put these two idiots back into office?     

Donald Trump won!  All the sour grapes and hurt feelings won't put Hillary into office.

brushhog's picture

Spot on. And dont forget that Mccain and Graham are establishment "stop trumpers" who exposed their bias long ago.

mountain99889's picture
mountain99889 (not verified) brushhog Dec 29, 2016 10:17 AM

and don't forget that Graham and McCain love Israel so much, they'd hump each other in public if that's what it took to prove their undying love for Israel

Freddie's picture

It is designed to distract from Hillary being a loser that no one likes, to hide the open borders, bankrupted USA, loss in Syria of MCCain genocidal head choppers, the rampant and pervasive corruption in Washington and the rest o fthe USA.

Atomizer's picture

I have a clever idea (it involves giving Hollywood stars free access to drugs and overdose, killing off one liberal at a time).

Someone in the Obama administration needs to shake the 8 ball. 

Rare Humor: President Obama uses a magic 8 ballto answer ...

Sam.Spade's picture

I just finished Data And Goliath by Bruce Schneier.  Lots of detail about the how the Internet is inherently insecure.

To anyone interested in who really stole the DNC data, it's a great read.  But a warning:  Schneier, like most good Harvard professsors, is convinced that all our problems can be solved if we just get together and put good people in government office.  In otherwords, there is an inherent bias in his conclusions and how he interprets the facts he talks about.

Still, its worth looking at.

https://www.amazon.com/Data-Goliath-Battles-Collect-Control/dp/039335217X

phreezerburn's picture

Just read ANYTHING on Five Eyes by the hacktivist community. The sliver of the Five Eyes 2013 toolkit that was leaked had folks crapping their pants and we're talking about taking epic hacks and incorporating them into an easy to use kit for script kiddies. That should have blown people's minds in the industry and instead it was swept under the rug quicker than the links to Project Sauron.

chiquita's picture

What happened to the days when the outgoing president just quietly packed up his things and left office with some dignity?  Why are we sitting around holding our breath, hoping this asshole doesn't throw us back into the 1950s with another cold war based on his personal agenda based on hurt ego and stupidity?  

There is nothing realistic about any of this.  Are we just supposed to accept any "evidence" that is produced at this late date after all the huffing and puffing and no houses have blown down all these weeks since Obama got on his high horse about all this?  It's bullshit plain and simple.

This is strictly a smokescreen to cover up all the crap Obama is throwing at Israel right now.  Let's not forget his own very clear, traceable interference in the elections there--cash on the table no less.  Where does he get off with all this shit about Russia interfering in our elections when he is so much more guilty in that case?  HYPOCRITE!!!! 

lakecity55's picture

Because it won't happen when a nigger is the fake president!

Just get aids and die, faggot chimp!

 

Atomizer's picture

Just let the Choom girl do her talking. Hope the bicycle helmet is on, it's a long fall from chair to Oval Office desk. 

DuneCreature's picture

Has anyone thought of checking with the NSA?

There is more than one way to skin a bear,......or maybe just choke the monkey once and for all.

Live Hard, I Wonder What The NSA Does With All That Fiber Running Around In That Huge Black Building Over There?, Die Free

~ DC v4.0

snakehead's picture

The NSA can look at every packet that came in. And went out.  But not at thumb drives they don't possess.

phreezerburn's picture

Mining DAT files is easy peasy. X-Ways for more than a decade now and still my fav.

HowdyDoody's picture

They just collect the data. It's not their job to read it. That is the job of another government TLA department whose existence is even more of a super-duper secret.

 

 

phreezerburn's picture

Each packet shows within the route taken. The whole "they can't find you using a proxy" is hilarious. Your only security is encryption and playing within the big school of fish. Add Canaries and Honey Pots however and forget about anonimity altogether.

directaction's picture

Quick Poll:
<--- The Triumphant Trump won fair and square.
<--- I am a whining liberal jacktard.  

El_Puerco's picture

Please excuse my brief interruption.

 

HEY!...People!..and this is why Trump won the election!

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Happy New Year people!

Saludos...

Pure Evil's picture

Where's all your other alternate online personalities that backslap and congratulate you everytime you make a post?

jesus_loves_you's picture

Can we get rid of this negro already?

newworldorder's picture

What can one say about the Obama/Jarrett Presidency that has not already been said?