Exit Obama in a Cloud of Disillusion, Delusion and Deceit 776


I had promised myself and my family that on this holiday I would do nothing but relax. However events have overtaken my good intentions. I find myself in the unusual position of having twice been in a position to know directly that governments were lying in globe-shaking events, firstly Iraqi WMD and now the “Russian hacks”.

Anybody who believes the latest report issued by Obama as “proof” provides anything of the sort is very easily impressed by some entirely meaningless diagrams. William Binney, who was Technical Director at the NSA and actually designed their surveillance capabilities, has advised me by email. It is plain from the report itself that the Russian groups discussed have been under targeted NSA surveillance for a period longer than the timeframe for the DNC and Podesta leaks. It is therefore inconceivable that the NSA would not have detected and traced those particular data flows and they would be saved. In other words, the NSA would have the actual hack on record, would be able to recognise the emails themselves and tell you exactly the second the transmission or transmissions took place and how they were routed. They would be able to give you date, time and IP addresses. In fact, not only do they produce no evidence of this kind, they do not even claim to have this kind of definite evidence.

Secondly, Bill points out that WikiLeaks is in itself a top priority target and any transmission to WikiLeaks or any of its major operatives would be tracked, captured and saved by NSA as a matter of routine. The exact route and date of the transmission or transmissions of the particular emails to WikiLeaks would be available. In fact, not only does the report not make this information available, it makes no claim at all to know anything about how the information was got to WikiLeaks.

Of course Russian hackers exist. They attack this blog pretty well continually – as do hackers from the USA and many other countries. Of course there have been attempted Russian hacks of the DNC. But the report gives no evidence at all of the alleged successful hack that transmitted these particular emails, nor any evidence of the connection between the hackers and the Russian government, let alone Putin.

There could be no evidence because in reality these were leaks, not hacks. The report is, frankly, a pile of complete and utter dross. To base grave accusations of election hacking on this report is ludicrous. Obama has been a severe disappointment to all progressive thinkers in virtually every possible way. He now goes out of power with absolutely no grace and in a storm of delusion and deceit. His purpose is apparently to weaken Trump politically, but to achieve that at the expense of heightening tensions with Russia to Cold War levels, is shameful. The very pettiness of Obama’s tongue out to Putin – minor sanctions and expelling some diplomatic families – itself shows that Obama is lying about the pretext. If he really believed that Russia had “hacked the election”, surely that would require a much less feeble response. By refusing to retaliate, Russia has shown the kind of polish that eludes Obama as he takes his empty charisma and presentational skills into a no doubt lucrative future in the private sector.


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  • Al

    I only heard a little bit of the muck broadcast on “Any Questions” (BBC Radio 4. Saturday, 7th January 2017). It is on iPlayer but I can’t bear to listen to it all.

    JONATHAN DIMBLEBY: Alan Johnson, I mean you look at this as a … as a former Minister, Secretary of State, dealing with … with leaders, how do you deal with … how do you interpret this question?

    ALAN JOHNSON: Well I heard Jo Biden, the American vice-President earlier today to say to Donald Trump to grow up. I thought that was quite insulting to children actually. (laughter and applause) To a man who is about to become President of the United States it goes way beyond questioning who won the American Presidential Election. This is Trump about to become the American President uh … saying that he doesn’t believe, doesn’t trust, doesn’t appreciate the work of the American Security Services. I was Home Secretary. I dealt with our Security Services and, because we have a close relationship, with America, with the American Security Services … for him to say that he puts his trust in Julian Assange, a man who has an equal record in terms of misogyny, by the way, (another panel member, possibly SOUBRY says “Yes”) uh, and that he trusts Wikileaks more than he trusts the studied opinion of the CIA and the other security forces in America is quite amazing …

    Note: In this episode we were also treated to Anna Soubry making the case for Alan Johnson to replace Jeremy Corbyn!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b086tgyl?ns_mchannel=social& (from 30:22)

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