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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indio007's picture

Obama is so desperate to save his "legacy" that it's almost comical.

Your a fuck-up Obama.

Trump is rolling back the damage.

Tough luck.

Kina's picture

I think people are beginning to realise that Obama is just a lizzard tongue.

Sparehead's picture

Must be true if Oblamer says so. If you like your Russia scapegoating, you can keep your Russia scapegoating, period.

RealityCheque's picture

AKA: you've got fuck all. Pack up your shit Barry and try to keep your hands off the wheel for the next week or two, just to save bringing more embarrassment to the highest office in the land.

And if he needs some tips on how to bow out with a little grace then he could read the letter that George Bush left for President-Elect Bill Clinton.

GWB may have been a total dick but at least he knew how to show a little class. Which is something that Obummer could use in spades.

Pure Evil's picture

Actually, it was GHWB, poppy, that left the note for Bill Clinton. GWB was the ignorant jackass son of GHWB that brought us 9-11, Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

GHWB - George Herbert Walker Bush - 41st President of the US.

GWB - George Walker Bush - 43rd President of the US.

GRDguy's picture

"Proof??? We don't need to provide no stinkin' proof!" says Obama.

St. Alphonzo's picture

The Brown Clown strikes again.....lower than a snake belly in a wagon rut......probably cuddlin' with Michael thinking he pulled another fast one on th US of A.....fidiot

Zero-Hegemon's picture

I was thinking dog vomit, can't get much lower than that

bpj's picture

Didn't the CIA find BLTs in Iraq

shovelhead's picture

Bacon isn't a big seller in Iraq.

Pure Evil's picture

In Iraq BLT stands for Butts of Little Toddlers.

When a goat just isn't enough, have a BLT.

ISEEIT's picture

So this pinheaded POS intends to 'punish' another nation because he 'thinks' they interfered with our election?

 

BULLSHIT!!

 

This soro's spawned piece of satan shit knows damn good and well it's all crap, and yet he seeks to not only inflict real pain on real people, not to mention risking the nuclear annihilation of humanity, all to serve his own pathetic and deeply disturbed delusions of grandeur.

 

Burn in hell el bozo.

DaBard51's picture

HRC email on Weiner laptop... evidence enough, it should be, hmmmm.....

 

 

 

 

 

When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

Mrcool's picture

It will be released like the birth certificate , after they find a wake to fake it

lakecity55's picture

There is no evidence because Russia did not do it.

What we have is just more proof bath house is a Tool and an AIDS-ridden fag on his way to obscurity!

how_this_stuff_works's picture

Glad you bring up that point about "evidence."

Now, I'm just a small town hick, but if the USA had a---legitimate---grievance against Russia for "hacking" the elections, isn't that the kind of thing we should have approached the UN about? Isn't Russia a member of the security council there? Couldn't we, shouldn't we, have brought those concerns to a global stage at the time they allegedly happened?

Pure Evil's picture

When you're a hypocrite ingaged in interfering with other soverign governments, whether it be elections or bloody civil wars, then you look a Fully Retarded complaining when others do it to you.

newworldorder's picture

"Meanwhile, Obama has asked the public to take the assessment of Russian interference purely on faith,"

IF one is already an Obama sychophant and worshiper, one does not need proof. Obviously, the media does fall in this category.

If no evedince is offered, then this is another in a long line of Obama lies that the American people have come to expect.

how_this_stuff_works's picture

I know the country is deeply divided over Trump's election. I have a good friend who is significantly concerned with his narcissism, having been romantically involved with someone who displayed similar tendencies. I, however, could live with that better than Clinton's corruption and what I perceived to be her plans to dominate the world.

When the discussion of Putin and Trump came up at Christmas dinner, I asked what was wrong that they were actually trying to get along and was avoiding WW III such a bad thing. Both she and her recent significant other were stunned; it was as though they'd never considered the possibility being so deeply entrenched in Obama's mantra.

So when I sent her Obama's comments that Americans were so in tune with his vision of a diverse and tolerant ONE America that he'd have easily been re-elected, she responded that she'd have to see that with her own eyes, lies are everywhere on the internet. I sent her the link. And, of course, the major news networks came through for me on that. The next day she sent a meme from the internet---'cause those would NEVER lie---saying that "(I) don't hate Donald Trump or his supporters. I do hate the fact hat an ignorant, racist, bigoted and unqualified man is embarrassing our country on a daily basis. We are a laughing stock in the eyes of the world."

What's gonna make the USA the laughing stock of the world is if Obama and his security agencies DO not and CAN not produce evidence of Russia's interference in the election.

Intelligence_Insulter's picture

Are the same intelligence agencies advising obama on this matter the same ones that shoved him into the situation room during the Osama raid??  The Osama slayer doesn't need proof, he just needs to act tough for the cameras.

Obama is a nigger clown with 6 feet of dirt on him.  Keep dancing jigs boy.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Even if Russian endeavored to influence the election, there is no way anyone could prove that those efforts altered a single vote.

DosZap's picture

The only way Russia could affect the election results was if the machines were connected to the NET.

Obama is just full of horse dung and trying to FIND a way to have any leagacy,he has one, the worst POTUS in history.

ducksinarow's picture

Wow! Just, Wow. Now that Trump has been elected, we are finding out that the emperor has no clothes! If the press had been this vigilant with Obama before Trump was elected, most of what is now going on over seas everywhere and in the US could have been avoided or at least reduced to bearable.

Justin Case's picture

This is off topic, but I found it so humourous I wanted to share it. Hope you people don't mind. Real justice.

Assailant suffers injuries from fall [Augusta, Georgia]
The Police News ^ | May 20, 2011

Posted on 10/31/2011 3:20:50 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

AUGUSTA, GA - Orville Smith, a store manager for Best Buy in Augusta, Ga. told police he observed a customer, later identified as Tyrone Jackson of Augusta, on surveilance cameras putting a laptop computer under his jacket. When confronted the man became irate, knocked down an employee, drew a knife and ran for the door.

Outside on the sidealk were four Marines collecting toys for the Toys for Tots program. Smith said the Marines stopped the man, but he stabbed one of them, Cpt. Phillip Duggan, in the back; the injury did not appear to be severe.

After police and an ambulance arrived at the scene, Cpt. Duggan was taken for treatment.

"The subject was also transported to the local hospital with two broken arms, a broken ankle, a broken leg, several missing teeth, possible broken ribs, multiple contusions, assorted lacerations, a broken nose and a broken jaw ..... injuries he sustained when he slipped and fell off the curb after stabbing the Marine," according to a police report.

 

 

Pure Evil's picture

Man.............who knew a three inch fall off the curb could cause such severe injuries.

I sincerely hope the perp doesn't sue Best Buy for his own carelessness.

lakecity55's picture

Sigh, if that would only happen to the magic nigger! Maybe he could slip on the steps while leaving the Black Mosk.

DosZap's picture

Obama doesn't HAVE ANY.

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

Maybe Barry can make Lindsey, a chocolate, cream filled, grahamcracker sandwich.

Land Snark's picture

Next up - the "Russian Retaliation". A weapon of mass distraction a.k.a false flag. Anything can happen in the next 22 days. They haven't come this far to let it go now. I'm guessing  either a massive interenet "hack" or a regional EMP. More likely internet problems... EBT, banks...chaos. Those Ruskies!!

semperfi's picture

can we just arrest this fucker (Obama) for treason already?  then hold a public stoning to death?  please

OSassy1's picture

Perhaps they ought to address how they tried to influance the election results in Israel

LickItUp's picture

The filthy groid and it's tranny sheboon are completely self-deluded. To this day, they are totally convinced that they have what they have and are where they are with no assistance from affirmative action.

Only 530.5 hours until Jan 20 12:00 as I write.

 

RafterManFMJ's picture

Nah dude, they know. Thus their self hatred and anger.

YHC-FTSE's picture

" indicates course of conduct and links to activities that suggest motivation  "

That's a useful sentence the next time I want to spout bullshit and make false accusations without proof whatsoever. Sounds important enough, but it's basically verbal diarrhea. As usual.

Atomizer's picture

Service master is on the way..

How to Delouse Your Home

Skiprrrdog's picture

Too big a job for them; I was thinking one of those insurance damage re-construction contractors, with haz-mat certification...

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Speaking of criminal investigation(s) and indictment(s)???

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-29/israeli-prime-minister-benjamin...

"Pot" calling "kettle"!

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Don't squeeze the magic negro too hard, he might melt and slip right through the hand of scrutiny

Wild E Coyote's picture

So, maybe Russians did break into the DNC and got hold of all the Podesta mails. And released it throught the Wikileaks. 

And that got Americans to learn of the truth. and that got Trump elected.

So what is the problem? 

brushhog's picture

If thats the case we owe them a big thank you

orangegeek's picture

The problem isn't Russian hacking.

 

The problem is the lying nigga.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Isn't it sad, upon honest reflection, that the most powerful Negroe in America only has that position because of affirmative action (vote for me; I'm Black!) and he remains a slave to the shadow government that elevated him?

Wonder why he's such a freak show? Right there it is. Every night when he goes to bed he knows what he is...imagine the level of self-hate and it's not hard to see how it sublimates into a hatred of America and her honest citizens that achieve on their own and without a skin color and CIA support to fall back on.

Oblamo really is a commodity, and he's been bought and sold at auction just like his ancestors

NuYawkFrankie's picture

"There might not be a smoking gun; and we can't release what "evidence" we have to you dumb fcks. But BELIEVE ME - there is reason enuf, as George Soros can confirm, to invalidate the Election and kick-start WW3 - and, I'm sure you'll agree, having you all incinerated in the process will defintely teach Putin there are consequences for hacking into Hillary hemmerhoids! Trust me on this."

Yeah. Sure. Why not? Whatever you say 'Bongo - ain't no Pootin gonna mess wid you... youse da big bad-ass mutha-fcka banana bro!

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Bonobo the brown clown flings more poo at Russia each and every day. His legacy is nothing more than shit stains on the wall. I cannot wait until he is seen peddling fiction off into the sunset.

bh2's picture

The problem, as always, isn't lying of the usual sort. It's not falsifying evidence. It's falsifying conclusions based on flimsy evidence that creates the "lie".

Fake assessments based on vanishingly thin "evidence" are a repeating (always covert) feature of American governance.

It is ironic that American citizens most responsibly exercise their authority and responsibility by adhering to that old Russian saying: "trust but verify".

Tennessee Patriot's picture

"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."  Really??? Well, FUCK YOU, you piece of shit. 

No one in America, the real, actual, free thinking, knowledgable Americans, believe anything that spews out of your suck hole anymore.  Piss off & leave already, & take all your Snowflake shitheads with you. 

tongue.stan's picture

nigga to stoneded ta bees feelin no in tents press her muthafukas! 

sheeit dat fukah don even knows who be blowin his peepee

Skiprrrdog's picture

Dont worry Obozo...I heard there are *A LOT* of high paying jobs out there where you can lie, stutter and talk about yourself all day; as a bonus they will even let you golf every other day, take a months paid vacation every year, and let the Wookie run amok with the company credit card.

LOL...its going to SUCK to be you, boy...now go get your fucking shoe shine box...

Atomizer's picture

Obama is stirring so much flack about Russia as we did with his fake birth certificate..  Obama’s Connecticut social security number. Hawaii must of run out of numbers that year.

HuskerGirl's picture

Podesta was a fool who fell for a phishing attack:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-phishing-email-that-hacked-the-account-o...

It wasn't a high-tech attack at all.  All it took was someone who could send an email with a shortened URL and an idiot to receive it.

It would be very difficult to prove that came from the Russians. But this in itself proves how stupid Podesta is.