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Without Providing Any Evidence of Hacking, Obama to Announce 'Punishment' Plan for Russia

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According to the albeit dubious Washington Post, the Obama administration will soon announce retaliatory measures against Russia for the putative role it played installing Donald Trump in the White House.

Once again citing unnamed "U.S. officials," the Post reports the punitive moves "are expected to include covert action that will probably involve cyber-operations," and the public will learn precisely what's planned "as early as this week."

Of course, laughably unexplained by the Post is how these officials feel announcing covert actions to the public would be to the advantage of the administration — but the outlet has of late displayed a penchant for providing tangible information — including, most glaringly, on the topic of Russian interference in the U.S. election.

That Russian State actors meddled in the election — in particular, by hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta's emails to provide information to Wikileaks — has yet to be backed by even a shred of legitimate evidence.

In fact, the Post and New York Times published articles citing unnamed officials from the CIA, who ostensibly concluded Russia — and President Vladimir Putin, himself — 'hacked the election,' without providing the most basic explanation for how this was possible, who had done so, or why the hack was undertaken. Yet, countless left-leaning corporate presstitutes parroted the report as if it constituted established fact.

Now, with the problematic announcement of a future announcement on how Obama will seek reprisals for the theoretical hack, it appears the corporate media and U.S. government will be complicit — sans unassailable proof — in an act of aggression against Russia, no matter what form it takes.

As the Post explains, President Obama sought to employ powers provided in an executive order issued last year "to punish and deter foreign hackers who harm U.S. economic or national security," but officials felt it could not "punish the most significant cyber-provocation in recent memory against the United States — Russia's hacking of Democratic organizations, targeting of state election systems and meddling in the presidential election."

But did this "most significant cyber-provocation in recent memory" even occur?

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange — the one person with critical firsthand knowledge — vehemently denies the Russians provided the DNC and Podesta documents, saying the caches didn't come from hacks at all, rather, an insider leaked the information for transparency's sake.

Further, several veteran Intelligence officials, including former CIA analyst Ray McGovern and NSA whistleblower William Binney, issued a statement in agreement with Assange, noting, in part, "harder evidence of a technical nature points to an inside leak, not hacking — by Russians or anyone else."

To act aggressively, whether online or by other means, against another government without first proving beyond doubt that nation, indeed, took offensive measures is ludicrous — not to mention reckless — and will itself be seen as a first strike.

These unnamed officials, who spoke with the Post on condition of anonymity, noted "the White House is working on adapting the authority to punish the Russians," perhaps by declaring U.S. electoral systems part of "critical infrastructure" — thus protected, in addition to power grids and the like, under Obama's executive order — and notably punishable by cyber or even military actions.


 

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