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

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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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oldguyonBMXbike's picture

#PizzaGate Phase 2 will give these child rapers something real to fear.

wobblie's picture

It'll be interesting to see what they come up with to "prove" Russian hacking.


wisebastard's picture

i bet its right next to his BIRTH CERTIFICATE.............LMFAO..........maybe under his Quran or under his prayer rug..........im still not sure if he says Allah Akbar or In God We Trust..........

wisebastard's picture

come on MK say that last part on your next show but about banker strapping on derivitive vests

wisebastard's picture

maybe we can talk him into monitary fasting on ramadan

topspinslicer's picture

Are you kidding me? The affirmative action chimp even has proof we are saving $2500 on health insurance! What more do you people want??

ACMeCorporations's picture

Nothing to worry about.  If we can't trust Obama on Russia, who can we trust?  After all, Obama assured Russia that he will have more flexibility to deal with contentious issues. 

Able Ape's picture

Don't bother Barry, he's planning his Presidental Library which will be constructed on a golf course...

Aussiekiwi's picture

“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.”

1) Wikileaks have confirmed it was an inside leak and Wikileaks have actually confirmed that they met an individual and obtained the leaks directly from them, and lets face it Wikileaks reputation eclipses Obama's for truth by many magnitudes.


2) What was leaked was the truth, even Obama has not denied that, awkward when you are in an election campaign and all of you and your Teams corruption and unworthiness to be president is exposed, Trump also had massive amounts of poor publicity over his past exposed, however in the end the American people decided he was less repugnant.


3) No wonder Russia is pissed of at Obama, time this poor excuse for a President left, 20th Jan can not come around fast enough for the US people.


Herdee's picture

Obama/Hillary/CIA bombed and overthrew the government of Libya and numerous other countries. The CIA has been tied up in overthrowing governments for decades around the globe. Recently they overthrew the Ukrainian government. These political hacks and bums in both parties that didn't want Trump in Office are all up to a lot of nonsense getting the Russian idea from NeoCon loser Hillary. It's a blame game to draw attention away from how all of them have ruined America's economy and sold out to Communist China. It's really a National shame when you have an asshole like John McCain who is a warmonger, selling out the United States to Communist interests by allowing them to purchase U.S. debt so that McCain could finance his Wahhabi terrorists and support Saudi Arabia who is also behind 911.

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

Don't forget "Our man Yats"

Stu Elsample's picture

lol....good F'ing luck. Since when do lowlife niggers ever admit to being wrong??

Robert Trip's picture

The main problem here is Trump is not an vindictive aszhole like many of you here.

He's a fence mender and deal maker and you guys are negative nannies.

Mom has your Kraft Dinner ready.

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

There are no fences to mend, only blood to spill.

raeb's picture

It takes time to manufacture evidence.  They need to be more careful than when the birth certificate was done.

SwmngwShrks's picture

An exective order is NOT a law. Obama is attempting to start a war with Russia over an unsubstantiated claim of Russia hacking the election, which began perculating BEFORE the election. Reframing the argument shows our government to be incompetent (what else is new?). However, to then double down on bogus claims as Trump prepares to be sworn in, and possibly start a confrontation with not only Russia, but by extention, China, N. Korea, and Iran, not to mention the Israel mess, leads one to conclude this is all orchestrated. 

Robert Trip's picture

Keep in mind.

Every time you buy a bottle of Ketchup Kerry gets a cut.

Skiprrrdog's picture

Every time you buy a bottle, a tomato cries somewhere...

Skiprrrdog'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."

For reals??? Its like his body is in this dimension, but his head is in another, parallel quantum universe...whatever he is smoking should also be made available to the people... its only fair...

That is kind of what that psycho Piglosi said about OcornholeCare... and look how THAT worked out...

iamrage's picture

The White House is pretty horrible at forging documents.  This will not end well.

iamrage's picture

The White House is pretty horrible at forging documents.  This will not end well.

Skiprrrdog's picture

Your avatar... I think she is faking it...

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mountain99889 (not verified) Dec 29, 2016 1:06 PM

Metallica - Unforgiven 1, 2 and 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hhdjWHm9Vk

NEOCON1's picture

Is Lindgay Graham still paying $100 to suck off sailors at the bus station men's room?

Skiprrrdog's picture

Faux news from a faux president...why does this surprise anyone?

Rich from PDT's picture

What we got... another 3 weeks?

Let the hip-hop DJ and his husband MOOchelle have a little fun.


"No Cucks, No Fags, No Weak White Men. Just Real Talk... for Real Men."

vegas's picture

Only a bit more than 3 weeks until this asshat is gone; don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out. Worst. President. Ever.



San Pedro's picture

The obama will use a global cooling / warming computer model kludged to detect fantasy hacking by fantasy Russian Hackers and if we don't do something now the White house will be flooded with fantasy hacker code.

Skiprrrdog's picture

Its driving me nuts... what is it in the background of that picture with the Muslim in Chief that looks like a burnt parking meter?

natronic's picture

No no no an Obama hack private guy said it was dancing bear and prancy bear.  That is CLEARLY Russian if I ever heard anything!!  100% proof right there!!  Let's Nuke em so O can just stay in power and cancel the elections!!

angryyoungman's picture

The only proof necessary is the close referrals between RT Wikileaks and ZH.

And of course consider that the article above is even more biased than MSM

juggalo1's picture

I don't see why all the arguments are about evidence.  So far as I have heard, the allegations are: 1) Russia was behind stealing campaign secrets which they selectively disclosed 2) Russia may have been among outlets that published fake news stories.  Is that really what we're arguing about?  It's the American public's fault for 1) not questioning the information they are consuming 2) not caring about attempted foreign interference in elections 3) Not focusing on real issues in the election.  No amount of sanctions or evidence is going to change those behaviors.  Even if they had conclusive proof, most people wouldn't care.  Half the Trump voters still think Obama was born in Kenya.  What's the point?

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One-Eyed-Thong (not verified) Dec 29, 2016 1:33 PM

"of course you can trust the government"

-Dead Indian

redc1c4's picture

you can't release what you don't have...

the Russians didn't hack anything to do with the election.

there's no doubt in my mind they hacked, not that it would have taken any great effort, the FAB's unprotected server, but that's different.

besides, they'd already bribed her for the uranium, so why not want her in office? they could leverage her with blackmail if she was POTUS.

this is just Demonrat nonsense.

optimator's picture

President Obama Sotoro has asked us to take his information on faith.


jcdenton's picture

Sure Barry ..


Take your sweet time ..


In the interim ..


You want to explain what is going on with your State Dept.?




Since when is the US Dept. of State an arm of the CIA?


Oh gee, I guess this has NEVER happened before!



(understand who Nuland is here)


Yeah Barry, what about that ..




Between the United States and the Russian Federation ..


Did it just ..




WHY is it, ONLY people like ME, Amb.  Wanta, et al ..


Are asking these kinds of questions?


That's the REAL -- story ..


NOT being told here!

Bondo's picture

nobel prize lame duck preaches to lobotomized choir


and lindsey and johnny

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Squidbilly (not verified) Dec 29, 2016 1:55 PM
Obama Under "Intense Pressure" To Release Large Bowel Movement Proving Russians Hacked His Funmeal


we-r-the-hegemon's picture

Yeah, like you'd be just as PO'ed if it had been the GOP that got hacked and the truth let out. It ain't the hack and everyone knows it, it's that your dirty laundry got aired and the American people saw it. I'd tell ya to go whining to your mommy but you threw her under the bus years ago. JUST GO AWAY!

Hands off m yBox's picture

WTF is an obama? Somekind of ebola strain?

philips66's picture

please remember, phishing is NOT hacking at all, it's social engineering! All you need to pull off that is at least one moron, and they sure found one in Podesta!

w4mps's picture

White House= Global Headquarters of Fake News

One of We's picture

Surprise surprise Russia gathers info and uses it to influence geopolitics in what they perceive as their countries best interest.  The uproar about the election has less to do with Hillary losing than a neocon not winning.  The various NGO's like the Clinton foundation, Soro's Open Society, PNAC, NED, etc have a lot of money invested in the 7 ME country destruction and Russia has put its stake in the ground and shown the NWO that it will not go quietly into the good night while the NGO's run amuck.  NWO needs Russia out of the way and it looks like war is the only way to distract them to the extent necessary to continue their ME plan and get return on the investments they have made in Irag, Lybia, and Syria.  While the snowflakes would still be melting into their hot cocoa the Mcain/Grahm/Mconnel/Pelosi crowd would be just fine with Jeb, Cruz, Rubio, probably even Bernie judging by how he's rolled over since the primary.....

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One-Eyed-Thong (not verified) Dec 29, 2016 2:09 PM

"of course you can trust the government"


-Dead Indian

withglee's picture

This is a fundamentally flawed system:

1) The government makes an assertion

2) The government acts in dealing with what they assert

3) Those actions impact negatively on citizens (who put the government in place to begin with)

4) The citizens only possible response is to ignore the government (you can't challenge a government action without violating it)

5) The government then brings a legal action against the citizen (assessing a fine with no due process, attacking bank accounts, putting liens on property)

6) The citizen refuses to pay the fine and is incarcerated by the government

7) The citizen attempts a legal defense but via sovereign immunity (i.e. the king can do no wrong) the government must consent to being sued.

8) A jury rules for the citizen

9) The government appeals to its appeals court which overrules the jury (the government nullifies the jury)

Anyone see anything wrong with this picture? Picture yourself hiring a gardener who then comes back and imposes these kinds of rules on you. Pretty ridiculous isn't it? Why do we tolerate it???

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PoasterToaster (not verified) Dec 29, 2016 2:22 PM

Pedocrats and #Pizzagate.  Stay on target.