ELDER PATRIOT – The more we learn about the alleged “Russian hacked our election” story the worse our intelligence community looks, especially the once vaunted F.B.I.
Its come to light that during its investigation into who hacked the Democratic National Committee’s server the F.B.I. never actually examined the server itself. They were blocked from doing so by the DNC probably because the DNC feared that significant wrongdoing would be discovered in the process.
Regardless of the reason, the F.B.I. was forced to rely on the findings of a private security firm, Crowdstrike.
This is consistent with the shoddy investigation that the F.B.I. conducted on Hillary Clinton’s email server where they gave her attorneys the opportunity to erase tens of thousands of emails before handing over the emails that, one must conclude, her attorneys found least incriminating to Mrs. Clinton.
A look at Crowdstrike’s executive list names Moscow-born Dmitri Alperovitch as its Chief Technology Officer. Wherever Aperovitch’s allegiance may lie, it’s fair to ask WTF is a private security firm doing the work that America’s “vaunted” – at least according to John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Chuck Schumer – intelligence community is ostensibly in place to do? After all, aren’t they basing a potential decision to go to war on these findings?
Is this to provide plausible deniability to those political appointees who are paid to put the administration’s spin on the facts?
Here’s what cyber security legend John McAfee had to say:
“I’m going to be very frank with you and the American public. I think that today the most deceptive propaganda to date was perpetrated on the American public. The data that was presented, the evidence, was called from a thing called the Grizzly step report put together jointly by Homeland Security and the FBI. In there are four facts which they claim prove that Russia did the attack. It was utter nonsense.”
McAfee then gives his reasoning for not blaming Russia:
- The malware contained Russian language. The Russians are more sophisticated than to leave those fingerprints.
- A Cyrillic keyboard was used. Again, the Russians would’ve hidden their tracks by using readily available keyboards from elsewhere say China.
- The compiler’s date and time stamp were accepted as accurate even though a seventh grader would be able to change both to throw off investigators.
- The IP address pointed to a Russian address.
If Russia was intent on being blamed for the hacks by so amateurishly leaving their fingerprints everywhere why did they go through the bother of using Wikileaks to disseminate the information?
The founder of McAfee Anti-Virus Software that millions of users worldwide rely on made it simple for everyone when he put it in this perspective:
“If the CIA wanted to hack Russia the things you would not do is you would not include the English language in your software because that would then exclude everybody except english-speaking nations.
You would certainly not use a keyboard that everybody knows that the CIA uses whatever keyboard they use. You would have them use a Chinese keyboard or something else.
You would certainly remove the date and time stamp from the program so that you couldn’t tell what business hours of what [time] zone you were in when it was compiled.
And that before, you would absolutely not have an IP address that points to you.”
Trump has rightfully condemned those political appointees of Barack Obama for politicalizing the facts that the investigators working within the intelligence community pride themselves on providing for the critical decisions our nation’s leaders must make.
Like every other person who is privy to information, the men and women working to gather intelligence become upset when they see their findings misused. Many have become so discontent that they have been leaking information to Trump’s qualified security advisors for some time.
And, Trump is promising to be true to his word by demanding a complete revamping at the top of these agencies. #DTS.