Sunday, October 16, 2016

CNN: US finds growing evidence Russia feeding emails to WikiLeaks

Mod: It used to be that those Americans the Russians labeled "useful idiots" were left wing types who fatuously viewed the old Soviet Union as somehow being the hero of the working classes. But that was back in the day. Today it would appear to be the American right that is willingly serving as Moscow's happy poodles. So how much support is Russia giving to Donald Trump this election? Are they hacking the American government to benefit his candidacy? Done knowing that should Trump be elected he would become a weak and naive president they could easily manipulate? And why would those who so easily proclaim themselves to be "Patriots" be serving the cause of a hostile foreign power? We live in frightening times.



US finds growing evidence Russia feeding emails to WikiLeaks (CNN link): There is mounting evidence that the Russian government is supplying WikiLeaks with hacked emails pertaining to the US presidential election, US officials familiar with the investigation have told CNN.

As WikiLeaks continues to publish emails belonging to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, US officials told CNN that there is growing evidence that Russia is using the organization as a delivery vehicle for the messages and other stolen information.

The methods of the disclosures "suggest Moscow is at least providing the information or is possibly directly responsible for the leaks," one US official said.

US intelligence officials are still investigating the degree of connection between Russia and WikiLeaks but they remain confident that Russia is behind the leaks themselves.

CNN attempted to reach WikiLeaks for comment but received no response. WikiLeaks's founder, Julian Assange, has previously denied any connection to or cooperation with Russia.

On Friday, former Acting CIA Director Mike Morrell said on a conference call organized by the Clinton campaign that it was "absolutely clear ... WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2 are working with the Russians on this."

Russia's highest officials are dismissing accusations that Moscow is trying to sway the US presidential election with cyber attacks, speaking out before the latest accusation concerning WikiLeaks was shared with CNN on Thursday.

President Vladimir Putin ridiculed such talk Wednesday as "hysteria."
"Let them prove it," Sergei Lavrov told CNN's Christiane Amanpour, waving off a US vow to retaliate with a "proportional response."

"If they decided to do something, let them do it," Lavrov told Amanpour. "But to say that Russia is interfering in the United States domestic matters is ridiculous."

The Director of National Intelligence -- representing 19 US intelligence agencies -- and the Department of Homeland Security leveled unambiguous charges against Russia on Friday. And the comments from Moscow did little to quell the growing criticism of Russia Wednesday from the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton's campaign.

"The kinds of disclosures that we've seen, including at WikiLeaks, of stolen e-mails from people who play an important role in our political process is consistent with Russian-directed efforts," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday.

Podesta, whose emails are being published by WikiLeaks, also pointed the finger at Russia.

'Work of the Russian government'
"It is now clear that the illegal hack of my personal email account was -- just like the other recent, election-related hacks -- the work of the Russian government," Podesta said in a statement. "This level of meddling by a foreign power can only be aimed at boosting Donald Trump and should send chills down the spine of all Americans, regardless of political party."

Trump: Clinton 'has to go to jail' 
Podesta earlier accused Roger Stone, a long-time adviser to Republican nominee Donald Trump, of having advance knowledge of the recent hack and publication of his emails on the website WikiLeaks, founded by Julian Assange. Stone had penned a tweet in August saying, "Trust me, it will soon (be) the Podesta's time in the barrel.

"I think it's a reasonable assumption to -- or at least a reasonable conclusion -- that Mr. Stone had advanced warning and the Trump campaign had advanced warning about what Assange was going to do," Podesta told reporters Tuesday.

But Stone rejected Podesta's assertion, telling CNN he "had no foreknowledge" of the WikiLeaks publication of Podesta's emails.

The accusations and denials are just the latest and perhaps most extraordinary way that Russia has become a factor in the wildly unpredictable 2016 presidential campaign. Ongoing questions about Trump's ties to Russia are now interspersed with Democratic accusations that Russia is actively trying to help the New York real-estate mogul reach the White House.

"We have never in the history of our country been in a situation where an adversary, a foreign power, is working so hard to influence the outcome of the election," Clinton said at the second presidential debate on Sunday. "And believe me, they're not doing it to get me elected. They're doing it to try to influence the election for Donald Trump."

Trump batted back the accusations at a rally in Ocala, Florida, Wednesday. "Anything that goes wrong they blame Russia," Trump told the crowd. "We are being hacked because we have people who don't know what they are doing. They always blame Russia." "They say Donald Trump is friends with Putin. I don't know Putin, folks," Trump added. "What the hell do I have to do with Putin?"

Trump and Putin
At a time when US-Russia relations are the worst they've been in decades, that question -- what does Trump have to do with Putin? -- still lingers.

Trump has called on Moscow to hack into Clinton's computers, downplayed criticism of Putin's authoritarian tendencies, tried to suggest that Russia hasn't hacked US systems and promoted foreign policy positions that jibe more closely with Moscow's than Washington's. He's relied on aides with ties to Russia and most recently, quoted an incorrect Russian news report to raise questions about Clinton.

Russia, US move past Cold War to unpredictable confrontation
For its part, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations formally complained last month about a top UN official's criticism of Trump and right-wing European politicians.

Trump actively called on Russia to help him against Clinton in July, when he called on Moscow to find missing Clinton emails from her tenure as secretary of state.

"Russia, are you listening?" Trump said from the stage of a rally, calling for a foreign country to interfere in an election, an unprecedented moment in presidential politics.

And yet at Sunday's debate, the Republican candidate floated the possibility that Russia isn't behind the hacking at all, saying that Clinton "doesn't know if it's the Russians doing the hacking. Maybe there is no hacking."

In an interview Wednesday with CNN's Brianna Keilar, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said the campaign has no knowledge about the hack. But she said Trump is "of course" concerned about the potential of meddling in US politics.

"Are we going to put this back on Donald Trump?" Conway said. "Is he the hacker?"

After Trump threatened at Sunday's debate to jail Clinton if he wins the White House, former chess world champion Garry Kasparov, a fierce Putin critic, took to Twitter to note that Trump seemed to be emulating Putin's style. Kasparov noted that crackdowns on media and political opponents are "also Putin's checklist."

Trump's foreign policy positions
Trump has taken foreign policy positions that analysts say would please Russia, declaring in March that he would consider pulling the US out of NATO because it's "obsolete" and "is costing us a fortune." The 28-member organization, founded in 1949 to defend against the Soviet Union, is the core US-Atlantic security mechanism.

In August, Trump said Russia wouldn't enter Ukraine, despite Moscow's annexation of Crimea in early 2014. He later clarified to say he meant that Russia wouldn't enter Ukraine if he were president.

At Sunday's debate, Trump insisted that Russia is targeting ISIS in Syria, despite repeated assessments by US security officials that Russian troops are spending more time focused on moderate opposition groups, including those backed by the US.

John Podesta emails: Latest Wikileaks release
Trump campaign advisers have had ties to Russia. Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort lobbied on behalf of Russian-backed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich. Carter Page, described at one point by the campaign as an informal policy advisor, reportedly had investments in Russian gas company Gazprom and has publicly criticized the US in a speech in Moscow. Trump campaign manager Conway told CNN's Jake Tapper in September that Page is no longer part of the campaign.

A Trump security adviser, Lt. General Mike Flynn, the retired head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, attended a December gala for the the state-backed Russia Today television network, placed two seats away from Putin, according to Politico.

Trump's refusal to release his tax returns makes it impossible to get a full sense of his investments and whether he has any in Russia, but he does have business ties to Russians. Trump has also written about trying to build a Trump property in Moscow since 1987 in his book "The Art of the Deal," signing his most recent deal to build in Moscow in 2013, according to the Washington Post.

The Republican candidate worked with Russian oligarchs to stage the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013. And his son Trump Jr told a real estate investment conference in 2008 that "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets," adding that they "see a lot of money pouring in from Russia."

More recently, the group Democratic Coalition Against Trump posted to YouTube a 2012 interview with Donald Trump Jr. that shows the candidate's son listing various Russian projects the family is interested in, including golf courses and hotels.

"I've been there many times, I've spent quite a bit of time in Moscow looking at deals," Trump Jr. said.

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42 comments:

  1. Obama; the weak link. His administration just attempted to hack Russian intelligence and failed. The White House finger prints were all over the place.
    Obama should have spent less time on the Golf Course and more time investing in the area of Cyberspace War Firewalls.
    Hillary; if elected will be in Yoga class because her E-Mails have told the American Public just that.
    New World new Generation doing battles.
    George Orwell was really on to something.
    How will each individual deal with Thought Police?

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    1. The folks at Russian intelligence told you that? The Russian hacks were on the DNC. Is that where the firewalls should have gone?

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    2. If only the US would stop meddling in so many other countries' elections.

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    3. Clearly your thought is to parrot whatever breitbart posts

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    4. Russia probably has Hillary's 33,000 deleted emails. But nothing to worry about there - just about yoga and planning a wedding right. Well, according to the FBI she recklessly used a private server set up in her bathroom. Do we really want that person as President? I don't think so. At least Trumps behavior didn't put people's lives i jeopardy.

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    5. You need to go to a website called FiveThirtyEight.com. They average hundreds of state and national polls together, and their conclusions have been highly accurate over the past few elections. If you check out their current numbers you will see just how little effect that tired old BS you are pushing is having on the American electorate.

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  2. Brand-new national NBC/WSJ poll
    Clinton 48%
    Trump 37%
    Johnson 7%
    Stein 2%

    2way: Clinton 51%, Trump 41%

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  3. I absolutely don't understand how this race can still be anything but 90 (okay, 80%) Clinton - 20%
    Trump. Have you seen the fabrication about how the Pope endorsed Trump??? Trump supporters will believe anything without checking out the facts.

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    1. It looks like some of the steam has gone out of the Johnson campaign. Clinton voters returning to the fold?

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    2. Let's hope so, 6:51. We need to make a statement that we want a grown-up governing us.

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    3. Because as evil as trump is, Hillary is such a corporate tool

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    4. At least the corporations she works for are American.

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  4. Even if it is the Russians supplying WikiLeaks the information about Clinton etc, at least the truth is being told.

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    1. We're talking about a country that hates America. You would put your faith in an intelligence service whose main aim is to destabilize the West?

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    2. Better question is do I trust Clinton and the liberal news media? Hell no.

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    3. So where do you get your news? The white power press? They are just about the only papers in America that have endorsed Trump.

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    4. News media is not liberal. That's a tired old Fox canard to increase their own ratings

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    5. Even Fox News is coming around. Some of the women newscasters have been bagging pretty hard on Trump. Plus the Fox News poll has Trump down 7 points.

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  5. I do miss Andrew Breitbart. Journalism is dead. WikiLinks; yes WikiLinks, release how many organizations involve in reporting news are in the pockets of the Clinton's.
    This is also why that party can't debate policy. The Clinton's are players in dirt and smear. Democrats, introduced slavery to this Country and this Party continues to promote anything but change. Its proven difficult to address problems in this Country and World because people like the Clinton's exsit for themselves and promote being locked in chains.

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    1. Umm, the British and Spanish colonialists introduced slavery to the Americas. Hundreds of years before the American revolution. Where do you get your nonsense?

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    2. Breirbart was a loser

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    3. Don't even know how to respond to that pablum

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    4. 7:50 is a regular visitor. Kind of like the crazy uncle who lives in the garage.

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    5. I think what 8:50 meant was that the Dems fought a war to keep slavery, but that didn't work. So, they came up with the Jim Crow laws (in the Dem-heavy southern legislatures of the day) and the KKK as their enforcement arm. But that didn't work either.

      It wasn't until LBJ's Great Society that the Dems finally succeeded in making slavery a permanent, and legal, part of our country. Welfare (only for unwed mothers), housing projects (where people of color can be warehoused) and the continuous chorus of "you can't make it on your own...you need us to help you." After 50 years, that plan is still going strong and keeps itself going.

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    6. Today most KKK members are Republicans. Many of them have endorsed Donald Trump.

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  6. Thank You for the information.You are truly amongst the elite along with Breitbart,Assange,Putin,and Trump tht we need to lead us into darkness.

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  7. Umm, slavery has always been in this world. Who "owns" you?

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  8. I'm just now reviewing the new"sensational" wikileaks Russian govt stolen emails Goldman Sachs transcripts there is nothing there incriminating to Mrs.Clinton at all. Am I supposed to be astonished that she tries to reach consensus by give and take and compromise on both sides of a subject? She sounds knowledgeable,well informed,and willing to negotiate to try and get what is best for our country. She has secured my vote.

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    1. I hear the Trumplets are trying to connect the Clinton campaign to 7-11.

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  9. I don't recall seeing any proof that the leaks are the product of Russian hacking. All I have seen are assertions from the Democrat Party.

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    1. The Director of the CIA's word isn't good enough for you, eh?

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    2. No, you fall for that BS?

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    3. You are tiresome.

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  10. Trump is starting to act like a wounded wild animal backed into a corner. He is frantic and will do or say anything to win,even if it includes trying to destroy our Democracy. He is totally unhinged and insane at this point.

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    1. Trump did very little ground game work. Thought his big mouth was enough. His GOTV effort is pathetic. He is going to get clobbered.

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    2. Conspiracy theories are one of the best ways to destroy a government.

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  11. With the latest decisions coming from the FBI and CIA; it is understandable that the "I" in both departments is for Imbecile.
    Changes in both agencies has been long over due.
    Changes in the dynasties of "Bush and Clinton" need to go.
    Toxic is the latest word for Clinton Foundation. Polluting Colombia with chemicals to extract the oil and gas; and Indigenous Population being removed from their land in order to put money in their doners pockets along with their own. Attempting to shut down Univision in Columbia so the News won't be announced to the World.
    Sounds like Socialism.

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    1. Been spending some time with Alex Jones have we?

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  12. The FBI and CIA are the finest in the world without a doubt. There a four major oil companies doing business in Colombia;Ecopetrol-state owned,PEC-Canadian,Synergy group-south american owned,and Terpel-Colombia owned. So the indigenous population needs talk to their leaders.Univision in Colombia is a major Clinton supporter. You are an insane liar jut like your boy trump........

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    1. FBI is an acronym for Famous But Inept.

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  13. The poor gal in the picture, offering herself to Trump, doesn't realize he would ridicule her, and give her very low numbers on his women's attractiveness scale.

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