The U.S. government for the first time on Friday formally accused Russia of a campaign of cyber attacks against the socialist Democratic Party and political organizations connected to the socialist presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election.
In an extraordinary joint public statement, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said it was confident that Russia’s “senior-most officials” ordered the attacks. (For more information on DHS, see: “Homeland Security: More Insecurity for Christians?” See also: “Homeland Security surveillance detected on Julio Severo website”)
The statement amounts to an accusation that Vladimir Putin ordered interference in the American political system.
The Obama administration’s decision to blame Russia for the attacks is the latest downward turn in Washington’s relations with Moscow, which are under strain over Russia’s actions that are upsetting U.S. interference in Syria and Ukraine.
“This is a huge deal,” said Michael Morell, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. “I can’t think of any time in our history where we have blamed another government for trying to interfere with our elections. … This is unprecedented across the board.”
Morell has publicly endorsed Hillary and Muslims in CIA. He has characterized Trump as Putin’s agent.
Yet, contrary to what Morell said, it is not “unprecedented.” Some weeks ago DCLeaks, a group of hackers, exposed the immensity of the Soros-funded Left’s campaign that included Soros plans to “counter Russian foreign policy and subvert traditional Russian values.” Soros is a Hillary supporter.
The Obama administration and its agencies have had no interest in denouncing Soros, a U.S. citizen, and his campaigns to undermine Russian policies and values.
As ever, the U.S. government is very fast and comfortable with pointing fingers, blaming, accusing and mocking Russia. For what? For exposing Hillary, who is pro-abortion and pro-sodomy and is the only candidate formally supported by the U.S. Communist Party. Yet, 15 years after over 3,000 Americans were killed in the Saudi Islamic terror attack on the World Trade Center, the U.S. is not able to point any finger at Islam or Saudi Arabia. On the contrary, Bush, Obama and Hillary have said that “Islam is a religion of peace” —perhaps because they enjoy treating Islam peacefully. This feeling is not reciprocal.
They have never dared to provoke Islam and Saudi Arabia the way they provoke Russia, even though Islam and Saudi Arabia have showed very clearly that they are against the Christian America. Russia? Russians have showed very clearly that they are against Hillary and they stand with Trump, who has antagonized Muslims and Saudi Arabia. Is this bad?
U.S. intelligence officials concluded weeks ago that the Russian government was conducting or orchestrating cyber attacks against the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, to disrupt or discredit Hillary and her campaign.
High-level officials in Hillary’s party applauded Obama’s decision to formally accuse Russian hackers of political cyber attacks against Hillary’s organizations.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement that “[t]he administration’s acknowledgement that Russian intelligence agencies are attempting to influence the U.S. election and undermine public confidence conveys the seriousness of the threat.”
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said in a statement on Friday that “I applaud the administration’s decision to publicly name Russia as the source of hacks into U.S. political institutions.”
If they had been told that the nation behind the cyber attacks was Saudi Arabia, all of them, including Obama and Hillary, would apologize for provoking hard feelings in the Saudis. The disparity of U.S. attitude toward Saudis and Russians is blatantly shocking. Saudi Arabia kills Christians and homosexuals. Russia does not kill homosexuals, but bans homosexual propaganda to children and regulates religious activity outside its official Orthodox Christian Church — just as Israel regulates religious activity outside its official Judaism. Whom the U.S. government and press systematically criticize and condemn? Saudi Arabia? No. Russia.
The Democratic National Committee publicly disclosed intrusions into its systems in June, blaming Russia for the attacks.
Only organizations connected to Hillary were attacked. No organization connected to Donald Trump was attacked.
U.S. government officials emphasized that it would be difficult for Russian hackers to alter the results of the Nov. 8 election because each U.S. state runs its own election system. Even so, a senior U.S. official said the Obama administration is considering retaliatory steps against Russia.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the U.S. government statement but didn’t deny Russia’s involvement.
“Every day there are tens of thousands of attacks on Putin’s website. Many of the attacks can be traced to the U.S.,” Peskov was quoted as telling the Interfax news agency. “We’re not blaming the White House or Langley every time,” he added, referring to the Virginia city where the CIA is based.
Friday’s official accusation of Russian involvement adds to campaign-year fodder stoked this summer by Donald Trump, who encouraged Russia to find — and make public — missing emails supposedly deleted by Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said in July. He referred to emails on Hillary’s private server that she said she deleted. These messages involved the State Department affairs and their use in a private server constitutes crime. But Hillary has been spared prosecution.
After all, who is the criminal? Hillary, who has lied about her criminal abuse of official government messages? Or Russia, which is exposing her secret scandals, including scandals of her political organizations?
Could the accusations against Russia be a smokescreen to deflect attention from Hillary’s crimes?
With information from DailyMail, Reuters and Associated Press.
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