by Claire Bernish, via Intellihub:
That Russian hackers somehow compromised the U.S. presidential elections to install Donald Trump so fits the political establishment’s preferred narrative, any information to the contrary — even from the mouths of people with direct knowledge — has been brutally criticized, and even labeled “fake.”
While certain unnamed officials in the CIA — and the once-illustrious Washington Post and New York Times — might implore Americans to believe shady Russian government actors hacked into the email systems of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, they have yet to offer a shred of evidence to back this claim.
On December 9, the Post published a flagrantly propagandic ‘report’ — so devoid of verifiable information, it’s a wonder any editors approved its publication — titled “Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House,” which claimed CIA and U.S. Intelligence officials had reached a consensus about Russians hacking the election.
That story, quickly parroted by the Times, fell apart under cursory scrutiny, particularly as its otherwise vehement tone contradicted itself, stating:
“The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal U.S. assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior U.S. official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.”
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has repeatedly denounced vapid claims the Russians hacked Democrat systems and forked over the documents for publication. Breaking with the publishing outlet’s strict standards of not divulging any identifying details about sources, Assange says the emails were not hacked by outside agents — rather an inside source with access leaked the information to Wikileaks.
Nevertheless, corporate presstitutes continue hyperbolically echoing the establishment’s Red Scare propaganda, ignoring entirely the person most familiar with the leaks — the person who founded and runs Wikileaks — has categorically denied the source has any connection to Russia.
Assange’s claims are backed by close associate and former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray, who knows the source and told the Daily Mail, “Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians. The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.”
Murray told the Guardian the CIA’s claims are pure “bullshit,” and, flatly, “They are absolutely making it up.”
In a blog post excoriating the mainstream press and neoliberal Democrats for pushing anti-Russia propaganda beyond the limits of any believability, Murray wrote,
“I have watched incredulous as the CIA’s blatant lie has grown and grown as a media story – blatant because the CIA has made no attempt whatsoever to substantiate it […]
“A little simple logic demolishes the CIA’s claims. The CIA claim they ‘know the individuals’ involved. Yet under Obama the USA has been absolutely ruthless in its persecution of whistleblowers, and its pursuit of foreign hackers through extradition. We are supposed to believe that in the most vital instance imaginable, an attempt by a foreign power to destabilise a US election, even though the CIA knows who the individuals are, nobody is going to be arrested or extradited, or (if in Russia) made subject to yet more banking and other restrictions against Russian individuals? Plainly it stinks. The anonymous source claims of ‘We know who it was, it was the Russians’ are beneath contempt […]
“The continued ability of the mainstream media to claim the leaks lost Clinton the election because of ‘Russia’, while still never acknowledging the truths the leaks reveal, is Kafkaesque.”
But if the media and public aren’t satisfied with Murray’s first-hand knowledge, Assange’s own denials expose the disingenuity of this anti-Russia scaremongering.
On December 15, the Wikileaks founder emerged in an interview with Sean Hannity — just as the Democrats ratcheted up McCarthyite tactics — telling the host definitively,
“Our source is not the Russian government.”
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