U.S. Intel Agencies, ‘High Probability’ of Russian Hack

They based that conclusion, in part, on another finding — which they say was also reached with high confidence — that the Russians hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems in addition to their attacks on Democratic organizations, but did not release whatever information they gleaned from the Republican networks. – David E. Sanger and Scott Shane [New York Times]

PRESIDENT OBAMA ordered a comprehensive report on “lessons learned” from the recent Russian hack in order to “create a comprehensive history of the Russian effort to influence the election, and to solidify the intelligence findings before Mr. Trump is sworn in,” the New York Times reported.

Republicans were asked to participate but wanted no part in it.

The Washington Post has a story that goes even further, citing a secret assessment by the C.I.A.:

“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected…”

Secretary Clinton has no one but to blame but herself for losing the election but this interference from Russia should bother everyone but it won’t.

It wasn’t a very subtle message from President Obama, just in case President-elect Trump thinks his new phone pal is a pushover in the department of facts and what matters to our democratic republic and it was an obvious move in the face of the Trump’s denial on the subject.

I can’t help but wonder where this fact-finding President Obama was at the end of the Bush administration after taxpayers shelled out all that money for the most insane act of interventionism in modern history, the Iraq war. But then too many Democrats would have gotten themselves muddied up over it if he had. It still would have been worth it.

One of the biggest problems in our political system is our lack of stewardship to truth and transparency. Both the President-elect and Secretary Clinton had deplorable ratings on both. Look what Democrats did to Senator Bernie Sanders during the primary.

And now Republicans refuse to accept the fact that Russia succeeded in hacking both political parties, but only released the information from one of them.

The Russian hacking efforts didn’t change the outcome of the election but they shamed the politicians in Washington who have never taken cyber terrorism seriously enough.

More from the Times

They based that conclusion, in part, on another finding — which they say was also reached with high confidence — that the Russians hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems in addition to their attacks on Democratic organizations, but did not release whatever information they gleaned from the Republican networks.

[…] The other, the G.R.U.-controlled unit known as “Fancy Bear,” or “A.P.T. 28,” is believed to have created two outlets on the internet, Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks, to make Democratic documents public. Many of the documents were also provided to WikiLeaks, which released them over many weeks before the Nov. 8 election.


UPDATE: SENATORS McCain, Graham, Schumer, Reed Joint Statement on Reports That Russia Interfered with the 2016 Election

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democratic Leader-elect, and Jack Reed (D-RI), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services released the following joint statement today in response to news reports on the CIA’s analysis of Russian interference with the 2016 election:

“For years, foreign adversaries have directed cyberattacks at America’s physical, economic, and military infrastructure, while stealing our intellectual property. Now our democratic institutions have been targeted. Recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American.

“Congress’s national security committees have worked diligently to address the complex challenge of cybersecurity, but recent events show that more must be done. While protecting classified material, we have an obligation to inform the public about recent cyberattacks that have cut to the heart of our free society. Democrats and Republicans must work together, and across the jurisdictional lines of the Congress, to examine these recent incidents thoroughly and devise comprehensive solutions to deter and defend against further cyberattacks.

“This cannot become a partisan issue. The stakes are too high for our country. We are committed to working in this bipartisan manner, and we will seek to unify our colleagues around the goal of investigating and stopping the grave threats that cyberattacks conducted by foreign governments pose to our national security.”