Together, Russia’s SCL and Cambridge Analytica of U.S. targeted Putin and America’s elections. Saddling America with a Trump presidency was icing on the cake. U.S. investigations expand to include Turkey/Israel’s ‘capture’ of Mike Flynn and other ‘useful idiots’ in the U.S.
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By Ann Diener
Today a 25 year old government contractor, Reality Winner, sits in jail for leaking a memo that she potentially felt was important enough to leak. The saddest part of the story is that the memo shows that there is very little basis for Russian hacking having any impact on the 2016 election, versus the real issues of fraudulent voter purges and potential electronic vote padding, that were both, in all likelihood, domestically done. These two operations quite possibly flipped the election for Trump and are not being examined publicly by any authority from what we are aware as of today. When microtargeting and SCL/Cambridge Analytica are added to what is not being looked at, minor phishing attempts look like guppies in a tank of sharks. Why is our government focused on the guppies versus the sharks?
When analyzed, the contents of the leaked memo that were reported in the Intercept really tell us how little an effect “Russian” hacking had on the election. In reality, the real issues with the election were the millions of voters that were purged with Cross Check. Thinking about possible entry by phishing emails into election officials computers, how much did this really effect the vote count of the election versus millions of voters unknowingly purged, forced to vote provisionally and not having their votes count because after all the voters were purged from the rolls allegedly by Right wing operatives?
Then, add in the votes that were potentially added in at least one state, Wisconsin, where precincts reported a lower than average turn out and had vote counts as high as 100% plus percent in certain precincts, it seems odd that this continues on day in and day out, with the “Russian hacking” versus examining the real fraud of the 2016 election which was really Cross Check voter purges and over-voting that could have been done by electronically adding votes to the vote totals. These two activities were done in all likelihood internally to the US, and potentially conducted by some who are currently tasked with insuring fair elections, namely Kris Kobach, who recently was appointed by Trump to be Vice Chair of the “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity.”
But, lets examine the leaked document. From the document: “Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate actors executed cyber espionage operations against a named US Company in August 2016, evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions, according to information that became available in April 2017.”
How did they know the perpetrators were Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate employees? Why did it only become available in April 2017? Obviously they are not naming the company, but why was this not reported by the company earlier, if it was significant? How far did the NSA have to go to find any evidence of Russian hacking, obviously it took a long time, while there was literally a documentary about Cross Check and the vote purges that was available before the 2016 election?
More from the document: “The actors likely used data obtained from that operation to create a new email account and launch a voter registration themed spear-phishing campaign targeting U.S. local government organizations. The spear phishing emails contained a Microsoft Word document trojanized with a Visual Basic script which when opened would spawn a PowerShell instance and beacon out to malicious infrastructure.”
What did they – the alleged Russians – gain from this? How many people actually opened the email or opened the document? Did this really have any impact on the election itself? Think about the number of phishing emails you receive each day, from spoofed banks etc., most people, especially those trained by large corporations, are trained to examine the “From” email address before opening any files associated with an email. Then the email gets marked by the user as a phishing scam and sent to the administrator. How long did this take to be reported by the “US Company” to the NSA? If this phishing scam was so severe, it would have been potentially reported much earlier to the NSA and investigated – the date would have been November 2016 and not April 2017.
“In Octoer 2016 the actors also created a new email address that was potentially used to offer election related products and services presumably to US -based targets.”
How could this actually effect the election? Did they really gain any information? Again the question is how many people actually opened the email and did they gain any information from these campaigns which at worst seem like slightly more than most people receive in their email every day.
“Lastly the actors sent test emails to two non-existent accounts ostensibly associated with absentee balloting, presumably with the purpose of creating those accounts to mimic legitimate services.” Again, here was incompetence, if this is the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, one would think they are very stupid because here the “actors” failed completely. How sophisticated were they? In reality – not that sophisticated if they did not know that the email accounts were non-existent, and again the alleged perpetrators gained nothing from this. Were test emails sent to other accounts and not reported? Still how much impact did any of these incidents have on the election?
Perhaps this is why the story came out today to take the blame away from Russian hacking by making it look unsophisticated, and what few people are looking at is the real election rigging. And what about the contractor herself, was she encouraged to come out with the document, unknowingly to be used as a pawn?
Let us compare what was leaked to what really happened in the 2016 election, that which was in all likelihood done by Americans and potentially those currently in power here.
One only has to read what was previously reported on here at Veterans Today and examine the facts.
Post election, I wrote an extensively researched article on the vote counts vs. the exit polling, Exclusive: Rigged Election? Who’s afraid of a Red Herring?
“There were large discrepancies. In Wisconsin, there was one county, Rock County, with 10,000 missing voters? Did people not show up in such large numbers in this one particular county, where they purged, or were their votes just removed using hacking? You can look at the sheets themselves Wisconsin, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
“With little analysis done about the actual numbers of the election, about the votes themselves, we are all left to wonder. In foreign countries, the very basis for election results is exit polling data, which determines if an election is rigged. Looking at the exit poll data in the states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida, what we see is something that would be considered a rigged election in any country that we monitor elections for.”
In this article, Are Trump & Far-Right Politicians a Virtual “Honey Trap” for Russia? I included the facts again in regards to the rigged election. Not one has been brought up publicly.
“Looking at the election itself, there were numerous factors that show the election was actually stolen for Trump including:
Over-voting, meaning more votes on the voting machines than signatures in Wisconsin with cities reporting 95% to over 100% turnout and more votes than voters.
Voters were purged –removed from the voter rolls while still having absentee ballots sent to them. The vote purges involved Cross Check, investigated by Greg Palast as a method of purging voters in multiple states using a database that matched only first and last names to fraudulently purge voters of various ethnic groups, that potentially typically vote Democratic. The system was implemented in 27 states and headed by Kris Kobach, who was Kansas Secretary of State, who shortly after the election was positioned as an adviser to Trump on immigration reform.
Broken scanners were given to poor, Democratic communities in Detroit, Michigan.” ‘It’s not good,’ Detroit Elections Director Daniel Baxter told the Detroit News Tuesday, before the judge halted the recount. He blamed the discrepancies on the city’s decade-old voting machines, saying 87 optical scanners broke on Election Day, the newspaper reported.” These precincts were not eligible for a recount because of the discrepancies, according to Michigan election law.
Voting machine audit functions and safety protocols were turned off in Ohio, despite the fact that, “the FBI has raised fears of fiddling these machines by Russian hackers. Yet, the Republican Secretary of State of Ohio, Jon Husted, is allowing county officials to simply turn off these security functions — with no explanation as to why. The counties, Fitrakis discovered, ‘bought state-of-the-art equipment and turned off the security,’ both the ballot imaging function and the audit application that can detect and record evidence of machine tampering.”
The key question is, so, if the FBI was aware of possible tampering/’hacking’ of the election, and the Department of Justice was made aware of Cross Check, and the FBI was well aware of the mafia ties to Trump, why was he allowed to be fraudulently elected? And why did the Democratic party not fight back? Could sex-blackmail have been involved?
And what about Microtargeting? Here in my article, Microtargeting America to Ignore a Compromised Presidency, The Intelligence Community report is much more detailed in regards to the flow of information on the Russian hacking story than was released NSA document today.
The IC report sites, Russian military intelligence, however when corroborated with a BBC article Trump Russia dossier key claim ‘verified‘, microtargeting is mentioned and this potentially leads to Cambridge Analytica and Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), known as “a private Russian behavioral research and strategic communication company. SCL is known as Cambridge Analytica in the United States,” according to Wikipedia.
From the Intelligence Community report, Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections, a report including “an analytic assessment drafted and coordinated among The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and The National Security Agency (NSA).”:
“We assess with high confidence that Russian military intelligence (General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate or GRU) used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and DCLeaks.com to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks.”
If indeed Wikileaks served as a vehicle for the Russian hacker(s), the information seems to have been used for much more than was originally disclosed.
According to a source in the BBC article sited above, ” ‘This is a three-headed operation,’ said one former official, setting out the case, based on the intelligence: Firstly, hackers steal damaging emails from senior Democrats. Secondly, the stories based on this hacked information appear on Twitter and Facebook, posted by thousands of automated ‘bots’, then on Russia’s English-language outlets, RT and Sputnik, then right-wing US ‘news’ sites such as Infowars and Breitbart, then Fox and the mainstream media. Thirdly, Russia downloads the online voter rolls.
“The voter rolls are said to fit into this because of ‘microtargeting’. Using email, Facebook and Twitter, political advertising can be tailored very precisely: individual messaging for individual voters.
“ ‘You are stealing the stuff and pushing it back into the US body politic,’ said the former official sited in the BBC report, ‘you know where to target that stuff when you’re pushing it back.’ ”
“This would take co-operation with the Trump campaign, it is claimed.”
This claim is not far fetched at all thinking about who was Trump’s largest campaign backer, Robert Mercer, his company that operated in the background during the election, Cambridge Analytica and the originator of the term, microtargeting, Nigel Oakes founder of Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), that was later spun into Cambridge Analytica.
SCL is now known as “a private Russian behavioral research and strategic communication company. SCL is known as Cambridge Analytica in the United States.”
According to Cambridge CEO Alexander Nix said to Bloomberg’s Sasha Issenburg. “Your behavior is driven by your personality and actually the more you can understand about people’s personality as psychological drivers, the more you can actually start to really tap in to why and how they make their decisions. We call this behavioral microtargeting and this is really our secret sauce, if you like. This is what we’re bringing to America.”
If Cambridge Analytica/SCL was able to gain access the Wikileaks hacked DNC emails and then use its capabilities potentially relating with the illegally obtained voter rosters in Russia, this may be the largest missing piece of data not found in the dossier or in the US Intelligence report.
It would seem improbable that a group so closely aligned with the Trump campaign would have nothing to do with utilizing the information obtained by hackers laundered through Wikileaks, because that is specifically what they clearly state they do, is to obtain information to microtarget people/voters.
Is SCL responsible for the Russian hacking, spoofing the Russian government? The interesting part is that Russia is still passively supporting Trump as Putin said in his most recent interview with Megyn Kelly.
Could Russia know that in reality there is little factual evidence to support Russian government hacking, while there is lots of evidence to support US election fraud that will not be examined because it is domestic and also possibly conducted by non-state actors spoofing the Russian government? With whatever Russia knows, if the US continues to ignore the real issues, it will continue to loose its standing as a democracy and protector of the “free world.”
Perhaps the 25 year old contractor felt it was up to her to save us and out Trump/Russia, the sad part is that there is so much publicly available, that is ignored, which possibly makes those who ignore the facts and data that much more guilty than her.
Edited and abridged
by Lasha Darkmoon
These three extracts come from three separate articles, all recent, with source links provided at the end of each extract. A 7-minute video follows.
“I don’t think anyone would survive such a conflict.”
— Vladimir Putin
The latest in a long series of bloody terrorist attacks attributed to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) unfolded in Iran early Wednesday with coordinated armed assaults on the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) and the mausoleum of the late supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini. At least 12 people were killed and 43 wounded.
The reactions of the US government and the Western media to the attacks in Tehran stand in stark contrast to their response to the May 22 bombing that killed 22 people at the Manchester Arena and the London Bridge attacks that claimed nine lives last Saturday.
The Trump White House released a vicious statement that effectively justified the killings in Iran, declaring, “We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote,” an attitude that found its reflection in the relative indifference of the media to the loss of Iranian lives.
It is clearly understood that terrorism against Iran serves definite political aims that are in sync with those of US imperialism and its regional allies.
For its part, Tehran’s reaction to the attacks was unambiguous. It laid the responsibility at the door of the US and its principal regional ally, Saudi Arabia. The attack was understood in Tehran as a political act carried out in conjunction with identifiable state actors and aimed at furthering definite geostrategic objectives.
The same can be said of the earlier acts of terrorism carried out in Manchester and London, as well as those in Paris, Brussels and elsewhere before them.
Underlying the violence on the streets of Europe is the far greater violence inflicted upon the Middle East by US, British and French imperialism.
ISIS is itself the direct product of a series of imperialist wars.
The latest round of terror has its source in growing dissatisfaction among Washington’s Middle Eastern allies and its Islamist proxy forces over the slow pace of the US intervention in Syria and Washington’s failure to bring the six-year war for regime change to a victorious conclusion.
The people giving the orders for these attacks live in upper-class neighborhoods in London, Paris and elsewhere, enjoying close connections with intelligence agencies and government officials. Those who carry out the terrorist atrocities are expendable assets, foot soldiers who are easily replaced from among the broad layers enraged by the slaughter carried out by the United States and its Nato allies in the Middle East.
What has become clear after 16 years of the so-called “war on terrorism”—going all the way back to the hijackers of 9/11—is that these elements move in and out of the Middle East, Europe and the US itself not only without hindrance, but under what amounts to state protection. When they arrive at passport control, their names come up with definite instructions that they are not to be stopped. “Welcome home, sir! Enjoy your vacation in Libya?”
Why have they enjoyed this carte blanche? Because they are auxiliaries of US and European intelligence, necessary proxies in wars for regime change from Libya to Syria and beyond that are being waged to further (((imperialist interests))).
If from time to time these elements turn against their sponsors, with innocent civilians paying with their lives, that is part of the price of doing business.
Innocent men, women and children, whether in London, Manchester, Paris, Tehran, Baghdad or Kabul, are paying the terrible price for these (((imperialist operations))), which leave a trail of blood and destruction everywhere.
All the signs of a looming war on the Korean Peninsula are surfacing. We’re watching as each country moves strategic pieces into place. But unlike past world wars, although there will be ground troops, the battle is likely to be fierce, brutal and quick. It will also be globally devastating.
With the three super powers drawn into the mix — the US, Russia and China — other nations will be coerced into choosing sides.
Ordinary citizens will be the last to know what is about to happen.
As previously noted, both China and Russia are mobilizing troops to the North Korean border, and the United States now has a Naval strike group directly off the coast of the rogue state. Confrontation appears to be imminent.
In the United States, retailers report that the sale of gas masks and anti-radiation pills has spiked in recent weeks amid fears of impending global disaster. Elite billionaires are building bunkers and making long term plans to survive the coming catastrophe.
Meanwhile, various governments around the world are carefully positioning their pieces on the grand chessboard.
North Korea has responded to President Trump’s deployment of an aircraft carrier, surveillance drones and missile tests by saying that IF EVEN A SINGLE BULLET IS FIRED IT WILL NUKE THE UNITED STATES.
All signs point to serious trouble in the very near future. The world sits on the brink of a war unlike anything mankind has ever witnessed.
With tensions among the world’s super powers mounting in places like Ukraine, Syria, North Korea and most recently Qatar and Iran, it may only be a matter of time before someone pushes the red button.
When they do, all bets are off, and as we’ve learned from the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in June of 1914, once the trigger is pulled there’s no going back.
We are, in fact, at war right now.
Action has already been taken by both sides.
Putin and the Russian people believe the America’s actions are going to lead to a nuclear conflict initiated by America.
The leadership of the US is made up of politicians who began their careers as (((Marxist-Socialists))). Traitors now have their fingers on the triggers of nuclear warheads. (((These dope-smoking Marxists of dubious citizenship))) will have no qualms in destroying our country.
Instead of statesmen and diplomats, we now have self-interested, politically-motivated belligerents backing Russia and other nations into corners and pushing them toward war.
How long the war of words will continue is unknown.
However, when the missiles begin to fly you can be sure of one thing: the men who gave the orders to unleash Armageddon will be safely ensconced in their bunkers or in other hideouts out of harm’s way.
Vladimir Putin has recently made it clear how all this will play out:
The Putin Interviews, between the Russian leader and Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, which will be screened on Showtime, were shot between summer 2015 and February this year. They give an extraordinary insight into one of the most powerful men in the world.
Stone asked Putin whether the US would be “dominant” in the event of a hot war between the two nuclear powers.
“I don’t think anyone would survive such a conflict,” Putin said.