Well here we go again!  One more time we have more smoke about the Russian influence (hacking) of our election with the leaking of a top secret NSA report that confirms Russia hacked our Presidential election.  NSA sources said the document, prepared in May of this year that contractor Reality Leigh Winner allegedly leaked, is the same one used as the basis for the article published Monday by The Intercept, detailing a classified National Security Agency memo. The NSA report, dated May 5, provides details of a 2016 Russian military intelligence cyberattack on a US voting software supplier, though there is no evidence that any votes were affected by the hack.  A US official confirmed to CNN that The Intercept's document is a genuine, classified NSA document.  Let’s say “there is no evidence YET"  that any votes were manipulated.   But, again, who knows?  

An internal audit revealed Winner was one of six people who printed out the document, but the only one who had e-mail contact with a news outlet, Intercept, according to the complaint. It further states that the intelligence agency was subsequently contacted by the news outlet on May 30 regarding an upcoming story, saying it was in possession of what appeared to be a classified document.

So is this a smoking gun or is it just a smoking wisp of fog?  Hell, who knows?  We’ve been so inundated with allegations, and conspiracies and leaks and Tweets since Trump took office there is just no way to figure out what the hell is going on here.  It is worth noting that the hacking of the voting software that supplier, VR Systems, supplies such voting software to eight states in the U.S.   What the big deal here is, that this is the software that regulates who can vote (registration rolls) and tallies votes as people make their choices in the voting booth.  We are possibly talking about tampering with voting machines here and altering voting results and not just fake news or bogus Facebook posts.  

Here’s what the Intercept article states:

The NSA has now learned, however, that Russian government hackers, part of a team with a “cyber espionage mandate specifically directed at U.S. and foreign elections,” focused on parts of the system directly connected to the voter registration process, including a private sector manufacturer of devices that maintain and verify the voter rolls. Some of the company’s devices are advertised as having wireless internet and Bluetooth connectivity, which could have provided an ideal staging point for further malicious actions.

Once investigative efforts identified Winner as a suspect, the FBI obtained and executed a search warrant at her residence.  According to the complaint, Winner agreed to talk with agents during the execution of the warrant. During that conversation, Winner admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue despite not having a "need to know," and with knowledge that the intelligence reporting was classified. Winner further admitted removing the classified intelligence reporting from her office space, retaining it, and mailing it from Augusta, Georgia, to the news outlet, which she knew was not authorized to receive or possess the documents.

The NSA report states unequivocally in its summary statement that it was Russian military intelligence, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, that conducted the cyber attacks described in the document:

The NSA analysis does not draw conclusions about whether the interference had any effect on the election’s outcome and concedes that much remains unknown about the extent of the hackers’ accomplishments. However, the report raises the possibility that Russian hacking may have breached at least some elements of the voting system, with disconcertingly uncertain results.

It looks as if, if, of course, this entire thing is not some sort of NSA plant or RT Fake News, that Russia might have indeed altered the results of our election.  What remains under a dense cloud of black smoke, is whether or not Trump and/or his minions cooperated, supported, assisted, helped or otherwise were involved in Russia’s “influencing” the Presidential Election of 2016.  But, as I’ve noted before, the NSA is not an agency to screw around with.  You can take it to the bank that these spooks have the goods on whether or not there was such collusion.  It only remains for the embers of the fire now softly glowing under the radar to burst into a massive flame that consumes Trump and his entire criminal Administration but hopefully not the nation.

I read the Intercept article as soon as it became "Breaking News Headlines" late this afternoon. It is, so far, the most detailed and complete description of  who, what, where, when and why I've seen about this matter.  Here's the link:  NSA REPORT ON RUSSIAN HACKING LEAKED.  It's worth reading.  

As for Ms. Winner leaking this info?  You can bet that Trump will be Tweeting up a storm tomorrow about how evil and treasonous are leakers of Government secrets.  What he won't tweet about is the damaging contents of the leak which details a foreign government's actions to rig a U.S. election.   

PS: I was going to do a post about Trump’s disgusting sliming of London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and yes, he’s Muslim so in Trump’s mind he must be a Radical Islamist Jihadist Terrorist.  As the citizens of London were recovering from the latest attack, Trump chose to stovepipe one of Khan’s exhortations to his fellow Londoners in perfect Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones and Fox News manipulative, dishonest fashion in order to stupidly tweet disparaging remarks about Mayor Khan.  Here’s Trump’s tweet:

But here’s what London Mayor Khan actually said:

 "Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. No reason to be alarmed."

Mayor Khan, in a live TV broadcast,  was attempting to assure Londoners that there was no need to be concerned about the additional police on the streets following the latest London Bridge terrorist attack.  Sounds to me pretty much what any responsible leader would say after such an attack.  But not Trump.  He was compelled to stovepipe Khan's comments and use them to appease his base and reiterate his apparent animosity for anyone who happens to be Muslim.  

After Trump’s dumbness was exposed for abject, dishonest and creepy manipulation to make some point or other – the point being that Khan was a Muslim and, therefore, presumably soft of terrorism – he went on to tweet this astounding piece of crap:

New York Magazine weighed in with this:

This blatantly dishonest, demagogic insult of the mayor of a grieving city may be the ugliest tweet of Trump’s presidency. Granted, the competition for that title is formidable. But Trump’s skewering of Khan feels exceptional for how it combines so many of the president’s worst impulses into a single, 140-character message.
Un-Fucking Believable! But this folks, is the President of the United States of America if you can believe it.  What a fucking tool.  He must be removed. 

Have A Good Day!


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