What The Russian Hacking Report DOESN’T Say

Today, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI released a report alleging Russian hacking.

The report itself is only five and a half pages long in large print (with another 7 pages for future security recommendations).

It’s important to note what the report does NOT say …

It does NOT allege any of the following:

  • It doesn’t claim that it’s accurate. Instead, the report starts with a disclaimer, and uses the same type of weasel words – “as is”, “does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information” – that someone selling a lemon uses when he doesn’t want to talk about the fact that the blasted thing won’t run and doesn’t want to get sued for intentional misrepresentation or wilful concealment:


  • It doesn’t mention Wikileaks … not even once.  In other words, the report does not allege that the Russians gave any Democratic Party or Podesta emails to Wikileaks
  • It doesn’t raise the fact that recent intelligence service allegations that Russia hacked the NSA and Germany turned out to be false
  • It doesn’t address American intelligence services’ less-than-stellar history of truthfulness, and the fact that they routinely skew intelligence to justify preordained policy outcomes

In other words, the report really doesn’t say much of anything

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  • Diogenes Shrugged

    The report states, “… public attribution of these activities … is supported by technical indicators from the U.S. Intelligence Community, DHS, FBI, the private sector, and other entities.” By “other entities,” I presume they mean Colin Powell, Brian Williams, Robbie Parker, Carlos Arredondo and Snopes. Otherwise, there’s obviously good reason to doubt the report’s credibility. Our government has a long and distinguished track record of producing reports with no credibility.

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  • Cipher

    My personal opinion on “Russian Hacking”:
    The DNC emails were leaked, not hacked, by Seth Rich and one other. Seth is now dead.
    The Podesta emails were Phished, likely by by Anonymous.

    With Hillary’s pay to play State Dept. selling Russia a 20% stake in
    Uranium One, why would they try to harm someone they had bought and paid
    In addition to denial/latest excuse for the loss, it is also a way for Obama to muck up the game for Trump.

    • Swami_Binkinanda

      They’re playing chess and the story here is barely checkers.

  • Diogenes Shrugged

    Zerohedge.com has a similar article, and there are already five full pages of comments. Not a single commenter defended the government report. Some of the comments are really quite amusing.

    Does this website have more than a couple dozen readers? I’m always baffled as to how 320 million citizens can’t muster more than a few comments here. I’m a little worried they’re all feeding at the MSM trough and bleating for Putin’s head by now. Shows what government schools can accomplish.

    • Carl_Herman

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  • Navyo Eller

    The US has a distinct narzistic desire to be hated by everyone, not only percieved enemies. If your’e outside the US media cloud, one really wonders how easy few guys belie the people of the US.
    It’s really amusing … i’m not hoping for, but the US shopuld one recieve the Treatment it gives to so many unfortunate countries like Irak, Lybia, Siria, beeing half to total occupied, or live the brutal ways how th US enforces it’s interest no matter the damage to others. Well, then I would be very happy not to be US citizen.
    It all Looks more like a Kind of North Korea in the disguise of Democracy and freedom (the wolf in the sheep’s Skin), where a blood thirsty president even got a Nobel prize .. incredible how stupid common citizen is beeing Held by the power, no wonder that not only fanatic muslims hate the US…

    What a shame for the People of the us first colinize and murder the poor owners of the lands, take it away from them and then terrorize the world and Play god .. no thanks guys!

  • kim swiger

    More progressive lies being used to bring shame upon our country by the ‘traitor president’ Barack Hussein Obama.

  • delightedtobe

    That report is utter crap. I expected to see logs, accounts, something that seemed similar to some kind of proof, all I got was a bunch of handles and a couple trojan horse files? How the hell do these supposed security experts get paid for this garbage?

  • Grateful Citizen

    We should also entertain the possibility that the “hacks” originated with the Ukraine, and that would lead us to Hillary Clinton’s DNC and State Department influence over the Maidan uprising. Who left their computers and email systems wide open, to be accessed by whom? Why did HRC demand AND GET approval to use an offsite, unprotected server for unrestricted use, while eschewing the State Dept. system? Meanwhile, back in the Ukraine, Nuland & Co. set up the government and directly aided it after the uprising, and we could guess that included access to Ukrainian knowledge of Russian computer hacks, which they probably helped develop while under Russian thumb.

    Funny how this is not a media item at all. They can’t tie their shoestrings, let alone put two and two together.