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Sputnik Gloats: So “Russian Hackers” Were CIA All Along?

March 8, 2017
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‘Vault 7’: WikiLeaks Exposes CIA’s Global Covert Hacking Program in Largest Ever Leak (11)
WikiLeaks has published part one of Vault 7 – a massive trove of documents on the CIA. As expected, the leaks’ contents, including new details on the intelligence agency’s shocking capabilities, and important revelations about the so-called ‘Russian hack’, have riled up social media. Sputnik has collected some of the most interesting reactions.

The first part of the leak, dubbed by WikiLeaks as “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency,” comprises over 8,700 documents and files, and reveals the scale and scope of the CIA’s global hacking and tracking program.

The leak reveals that the agency has developed the means to penetrate most prominent anti-virus programs, that it has apps to turn smart televisions into recording devices, and that it has been ‘looking into’ ways to hijack computer systems in modern cars to carry out untraceable assassinations.Perhaps more than anything, social media users were freaked out by the agency’s seemingly Orwellian technical capabilities. Edward Snowden, former National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower, explained just how big a deal it was that the CIA was using consumer electronics to target people.

Turning to Vault 7’s political implications, Twitter users pointed out that the revelations made in the leaks about the CIA’s capabilities in Russia make the Obama administration’s evidence-free ‘Russian election hack’ claims seem even more hypocritical.

Others still pointed to a very important detail about the CIA’s capabilities and efforts to misdirect attribution via phony digital fingerprints, accusing others (hint: Russia) of doing what they themselves may have done. Popular comments on this point were chock-full of sarcasm and memes.

Other users also noted that it was impressive, and scary, just how far the CIA had moved ahead of their Cold War-era opponents, the East German Stasi and the Soviet KGB. Those agencies were known for being fearsome and effective, but their technical capabilities were extremely primitive, and the butt of numerous jokes. The CIA, users said, is shaping up to look more and more like these agencies all the time, but with technology that’s far more advanced.

Bizarrely, in spite of these revelations, some Twitter users still rushed to defend the dominant Democratic Party and US mainstream media narrative, claiming that the WikiLeaks CIA leak was “another distraction from Trump’s ties with Russia” and that the revelations were all a ruse by “KGB Putin,” who “wants to destroy our CIA.”

Others still accused President Trump, who has yet to comment on the leaks, of being a “russian asset” (sic) for staying silent.

What do Trump’s opponents expect him to say? That the WikiLeaks CIA leak again confirms the ridiculousness of the hysterical ‘Siberian candidate’ campaign against him? Or that the surveillance behemoth built up under his predecessor has become more powerful than anyone could have possibly imagined?

As WikiLeaks continues its work, and to reveal more and more classified information, it will be sure to result in more reaction, and debate, about the inner workings of powerful and secretive government institutions, shattering many myths and illusions people may have about their governments and politicians.



John Podesta repeats his claims that the F.B.I. deliberately sabotaged Hillary’s run for President

February 22, 2017

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John Podesta. (Eric Jamison photo for AP)

  • John Podesta said earlier this month he believed the FBI was against Clinton
  • He pointed to its probe of her use of emails but said it ignored the DNC hack
  • Podesta also slammed director James Comey’s announcement to reopen investigation into Clinton’s email that came 11 days before polls opened
  • He also called for Trump and his campaign team to face investigation into ties with Russia 

John Podesta has reiterated his theory the FBI deliberately sabotaged Hillary Clinton’s election campaign, saying there were forces within the bureau that ‘wanted her to lose’.

In an interview earlier this month, Podesta, who was Clinton‘s campaign manager, pointed to the Russian hack of the DNC and the FBI’s lackluster response to it as proof of his theory.

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Obama White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice, right, and John Podesta

Compared to its ‘painstaking’ dig into Clinton’s emails and its bold decision to reopen an investigation into her use of them days before the polls opened, he said it the bureau seemed stacked against their campaign.

‘There are at least forces within the FBI that wanted her to lose.

‘I’m not sure they really understood the alternative but they wanted her to lose,’ he told Bloomberg’s John Heilemann at the Newco Shift Forum earlier this month.

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Podesta (left in December) said the FBI director James Comey was 'inexplicable' in his treatment of the investigation into Clinton's emails versus its approach to the DNC hack
Podesta (left in December) said the FBI director James Comey was 'inexplicable' in his treatment of the investigation into Clinton's emails versus its approach to the DNC hack

 Podesta (left in December) said there were ‘forces within the FBI’ (director James Comey is pictured, right) that wanted Hillary Clinton to lose the election

Podesta said he found it ‘inexplicable’ at first that the FBI took a soft approach to the DNC hack which resulted in the leak of thousands of emails from inside the Clinton campaign.

Despite being aware of the potential threat from Russian hackers, Podesta said the bureau did not send any agents to the committee’s headquarters and instead left a voicemail with its IT department.

‘It’s inexplicable that they were so casual about first the investigation about the Russian penetration of the DNC emails, they didn’t even bother to send an agent to the DNC, they didn’t call anybody senior, they left a couple of messages at the IT help desk saying you might want to be careful.

‘It was very hard to get any information from them.’

By contrast, agents were aggressive in their investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Podesta made the comments during an interview with Bloomberg’s John Heilemann earlier this month (above)


Podesta said it was 'inexplicable' that the FBI didn't send agents to the Democratic National Committee to investigate the hack of its emails. Above, Clinton is pictured giving her concession speech weeks later 

Podesta said it was ‘inexplicable’ that the FBI didn’t send agents to the Democratic National Committee to investigate the hack of its emails. Above, Clinton is pictured giving her concession speech weeks later

Podesta pointed to the bureau's aggressive investigation into Clinton's emails and the decision by Director James Comey to reopen the probe days before the polls opened 

Podesta pointed to the bureau’s aggressive investigation into Clinton’s emails and the decision by Director James Comey to reopen the probe days before the polls opened

Podesta blames Russia for Wikileaks email hack release in October

The announcement by director James Comey to reopen the probe just 10 days before the polls open was even more intrepid, he said.

‘(He) ended up dropping this bombshell in the middle of the election against the advice of the Justice Department, against the long term practice of Democratic and Republican administrations…it’s inexplicable.’

Comey said there ought to be a ‘deep investigation’ into Trump’s ties with Russia

Podesta also called for a ‘deeper investigation’ into Trump’s ties with Russia, alleging the president’s camp knew about the country’s attempts to thwart Clinton’s campaign in advance.

‘I think that needs to happen is a much more serious investigation of whatever collusion existed between the Trump campaign, the Russians and Assange.

‘I think there needs to be a deeper investigation of what did they know, when did they know it, who were they talking to, and it’s fairly clear that at least they had foreknowledge of some of the activities that were being run against our campaign.’

Podesta first shared his suspicion that the FBI acted deliberately against Clinton during the election campaign in an opinion piece for The Washington Post in December.

The article was titled ‘Something is deeply broken at the FBI’ and mapped out his concerns with the bureau’s seemingly one-sided approach to the incidents which plagued the campaign.

At the forum earlier this month, he said another possible explanation for why it came down so heavily on his candidate was that Comey was trying to keep on the right side of influencers within it.

‘(It has) become a ‘cover your a**’ ass organization and there was pressure coming up from underneath him.’

Clinton calls FBI letter on emails ‘deeply troubling’ in October

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