CIA Pogroms Russians

The “Russian under every bed” hysteria displayed by Tweedledee and Tweedledum (The MSM and the Democrats, tied at the hip) might, after months of ghost chasing, be coming to a sad end. Sad for me, because this constant (hollow) rant has beclowned them to the point of derision and mockery, and naturally I would like the spectacle to continue.

As discussed here several times in the last few months, any “Russian” investigation should, as it’s primary mission, find out by what means they hacked into the DNC and Podesta’s emails (Yes, ridicule them for having shitty protection security) and to what extent they (the Russians) interfered with our election process. If, in the course of this investigation, they find malfeasance or collusion present with the Trump campaign, air it out. Having something, anything, beside bubkiss would as least lend some credibility to all this Russian hysteria.

One thing I remembered about the first wikileak dump Re: the Hillary campaign, was that Assange said, more than once, that he did NOT get his info. from the Russians. This has been lost on all those reflexive Russian spotters. But a new batch of wikileak dumped files surfaced, did the CIA do a one-two skidoo on the Russians;

WASHINGTON—WikiLeaks released a massive trove of documents and files Tuesday that it says exposes how the Central Intelligence Agency hacks smartphones, computer operating systems, message applications and internet-connected televisions, in what would be one of the biggest breaches in the spy agency’s history.

The group, which was behind the leak of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee during last year’s presidential campaign, said the release consists of 8,761 documents and files from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence. It called the unauthorized disclosure, which it dubbed Vault 7, the “largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency,” laying bare some of the CIA’s most sensitive secrets.

Also in the dump, we find out about Umbrage:

The CIA can hide its own fingerprints from its hacking exploits and attribute blame to others, such as Russia and China, according to WikiLeaks’ Year Zero confidential data release.

Every hacking technique leaves a “fingerprint” which, when collated, can be used to connect different attacks and tie them to the same culprit.

The CIA’s Remote Development Branch (RDB)’s Umbrage sub-group collects an archive of hacking exploits created by other actors, like Russia and other hackers, and leaves this false trace for others to detect.
Umbrage captures and collects keyloggers, passwords, webcam captures, data destruction, persistence, privilege escalation, stealth, anti-virus (PSP) avoidance and survey techniques.

This allows the CIA to not only steal other’s hack techniques, but falsely apportion blame to those actors.

Very sneaky, pin it on the Russians.

I’ve often wondered (not really, I know that answer) that if Hillary won the election, knowing the Russian connection she and her campaign had, actually provable connections, not the “mountain out of an imaginary molehill”, would the Republicans now be seeing Russians under the bed and screaming for a special prosecutor? We always knew about their lobbying connections, but now we learn about Podesta’s brother;

The entire “Trump Russian scandal” narrative is complete utter nonsense. Democrats are so desperate to stop Trump, they’re clinging to a Saturday Night Live comedy skit- with the full cooperation of their liberal lackeys in the mainstream media.

They’ve just made a YUGE mistake. And it’s all going to blow up in their face. There is a “Russian influence scandal.” It just has nothing to do with President Trump.

It belongs to Hilary and the Democrats.
Because it turns out that Tony Podesta, brother of Hillary’s national presidential campaign manager John Podesta is a super lobbyist who took huge money from the Russians in order to end U.S. government sanctions against Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank.

Which begs the question to those most vociferous Russian chasers on this blog, would same twisted panties be just as bunched if Hillary had won? You know who I’m talking about.

Another thing I wanted to touch on briefly was the Rosenstein confirmation hearing yesterday, anybody catch any of that? The cabal of obstructionists all wanted Rosenstein to commit to hiring a special prosecutor to investigate the Russians, he was having none of it. Saying he was not on the job yet and did not have all the facts (fact’s, we don’t need no stinking facts).

Appointing a special prosecutor is unnecessary, this isn’t Iran/Contra, Watergate or even Valery Plame, it is (so far) an empty suit, superfluous flummery, a nothingburger with a side of hypocrisy.

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  1. West Virginia Rebel

    Democrats might not want to go too far on the Russian paranoia precisely because of Podesta’s dirty dealings.

    Also, if Stuart Smalley has any actual proof that Jeff Sessions committed perjury, I’d like to see it.


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  2. richtaylor365 *

    Missing in my post (unintentional) was my usual blanket condemnation of Assange, wikileaks, Snowden, and those Snowden wannabe’s out there that keep leaking our trade secrets in spycraft to the world and our enemies. Exposing the CIA’s toolbox and their methods for detection (end runs around encryption) and surveillance to our enemies only makes their methods of attacking us more sophisticated and more difficult to detect, thus making us more vulnerable. Millions of dollars and man hours wasted because now the bad guys know our methods and will change their habits.

    I want all these leakers, including Snowden, tried for treason. Once that’s done we can talk about the appropriate penalty.

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  3. grady

    Rich – Good post.  An investigation might not reveal things that the Democrats want to be found.  But with intelligence groups being able to disguise who has done what, does anyone think that this subject will ever have an end?  “FAKE NEWS!” all over again.

    I did not want to derail the subject matter, but I did want to ask your opinion on charging Snowden with treason.  As I understand it, he was a whistleblower that showed the government program of spying on Americans illegally.  I don’t remember anyone showing that he had given classified information to any other government.  I’ve heard of speculation but nothing more.  Do you mind expanding your thoughts?

    I agree with your take on the other leakers.  If you are releasing classified information, you should be held accountable.

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  4. AlexInCT

    I did not want to derail the subject matter, but I did want to ask your opinion on charging Snowden with treason. 

    I am not Rich and don’t presume to speak for him, but to me Snowden needs to be given a medal of freedom because he leaked information on the level of corruption that the intelligence community, at the direction of the Obama administration, was involved in as well as how it had become part of a bureaucratic machine that the Obama administration could and was using against the left’s political enemies.

    Our government bureaucracy is out of control. When the left tells you they think we now live under a tyranny, they know what they are talking about. They created that tyrannical bureaucracy, intent on turning it on the rest of us, and were perfectly happy with it as long as it looked like one of their own was going to be charge. Now that Trump has the reigns of power, they suddenly are freaking out that their weaponized bureaucracy could be used against them, unless they use it against the lawfully elected president first.

    The people now leaking false stories about Trump & Russians, after they tapped him during a political campaign (and projecting based on what the left was busy doing, thinking the other side had to be doing that too started a fishing expedition where they found nothing, or he would already be done for and out), on the other hand are not doing anything but threatening democracy and the will of the people.

    There is no comparison between the Snowden and these douchebags.

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  5. richtaylor365 *

    Hey Grady

    The MSM has painted a rather romantic heroic selfless whistle-blower like image of Snowden, the reality could not be farther from the truth.

    A bipartisan House Intelligence Committee report came out last year documenting the damage Snowden did to our IC and our national security, a very short read, you can access it here.

    To summarize, his entire adult life Snowden was lazy, a cheat, and a liar. He lied about his HS record, his Army service record, he lied about the positions he held on his resumes, and doctored performance evaluations. He could not play well with others, getting into constant roes with supervisors and reprimanded in the process.

    When he decided to go rogue he stole his colleagues’ security credentials (and passwords) to gather more intel, and along with his 1.5 million classified documents stolen, stole the personal identities of thousands of IC workers.

    The intel stolen went far beyond national surveillance and American privacy protections, it predominantly dealt with  military, defense and intelligence programs. The actual damage done? Still being evaluated (and classified) but billions will be spent accessing the damage and instituting counter measures.

    Under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998, those in the IC with legitimate concerns about governmental wrong doing or over reach are afforded avenues of redress and protections, Snowden did not use any of these avenues. In the report the Committee mentions several times over the years that genuine whistleblowers approached them, there was no retaliation, they did not flee the country, and they certainly did not share stolen documents with America’s enemies.

    I’ve heard weasily excuses (even on this blog) that Snowden had no choice but to flee the country (and by extension, share classified secrets with world bad actors in exchange for asylum) for his own protection, what a bunch of garbage. The metadata system collection program needed to be exposed, and if the stolen documents pertained to only that, I would view Snowden differently, If he availed himself of the proper channels for exposing fraud or malfeasance within our system, I would view him differently. The simple facts are these, he stole highly classified national intelligence documents and gave them to our enemies, making every American vulnerable in the process, isn’t that the very definition of a traitor?

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  6. AlexInCT

    If he availed himself of the proper channels for exposing fraud or malfeasance within our system, I would view him differently.

    You must have missed how the Obama administration treated whistleblowers that exposed its nefarious activities, Rich. Snowden would have been destroyed and we would never have heard about what they were up to, if he had used proper channels. Look up which administration punish those that it held in disfavor using the law more than any other ever before. And remember that this is the administration that has been downright the most opaque and untruthful about how corrupt their activities have been, surpassing even the shit that Nixon had wished he could do.

    I view Snowden’s having to flee to Russia more as a reflection of the Obama administration’s handling of its enemies than as a sign of Snowden’s allegiance, and while I don’t condone it, I certainly understand that he probably felt his life was in danger.

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  7. grady

    Thanks for the reply, Rich.  The report is pretty damning, considering the subject matter of the documents he collected.  Although it still seems that we do not know (beyond a reasonable doubt) that he has shared classified military and other intelligence information with Russia or China, the questions “why would he take that information?” and “why would Russia be interested in hosting him?” don’t allow much room to give Snowden the benefit of the doubt.  I definitely understand your perspective.

    Alex – I can see where someone would be scared of reprisal from the government for such a big exposure.  I’ve been hearing about presidents having people killed since I started paying attention to politics (Reagan, the Bushes, Clinton & Obama).  I think the majority of the stories are BS, but I don’t doubt it’s possible.

    In the end, he’s going to be tried for treason if he ever comes back.  Although I expect that trial to be a circus, hopefully it would be a fair trial for him.

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  8. richtaylor365 *

    You must have missed how the Obama administration treated whistleblowers that exposed its nefarious activities, Rich.

    I’ve heard this rational before and it is not credible to me. The ICWPA provides an avenue, a procedure whereby contractors can report malfeasance to Congress, the president is out of the loop.And in the attached report the Committee refers to other occasions where the proper procedure was followed with no retaliation occurring.  Snowden did not afford himself of this procedure, moreover, he not only stole documents that he had access to, he fraudulently used identities and access codes of his colleagues to purloin even more documents. Does this sound like a man with noble intentions?

    No one is more distrustful of the government than me, hell, I spent a 30 year career working for the government. I saw the abuse, the waste, the redundancy, the fraud, first hand, but there is a right way and a wrong way for doing things. When you go outside the chain of command, when you steal classified documents knowing the legality of what you are doing and ignoring the proper channels,  you reveal your true intent.

    My guess, from everything I’ve read about him, he was a class A genuine fuck up who knew his days were numbered, so he took the coward’s way out, stole those classified documents he knew Russia and China would be interested in, then sold them off for asylum and a means to exist outide of the USA.


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