[Editor’s note: This is one of those stories that really makes my blood boil, not least because it is a clear ramping up of hostility towards Russia and that is a path that leads to war.
Let’s get one thing straight – the US and Russia ‘hack’ each other all the time, almost constantly, in this they are hardly unique, all countries are engaged in hacking others, it is an established part of the ‘game’.
That said, I do not for one second believe that Russia has tried in any way to influence the US Elections, by hacking or any other method.
However, I firmly believe, in fact, am utterly convinced, that one country is indeed using hacking to try to influence the US Elections and that is Israel.
As Gordon has explained more than once in his articles, there are no hackers trying to benefit the greater good by penetrating US govt computers then handing the juiciest morsels to groups like Wikileaks, this is a false narrative.
The truth is that all these hacks are done by the NSA, all of the info gathered by the NSA is passed directly to Tel-Aviv where it is filtered and vetted to find useful items that can be ‘leaked’ to Wikileaks or Snowden or any of the very many other sockpuppets working for the Israelis.
Therefore it is very reasonable to assume that it is the NSA and Israel that is behind these ‘Russian hacks’ that Biden is talking about.
However, it is rather more difficult to blame Israel for the belligerent stance Biden is taking, this continual poking of the Russian Bear with a sharp stick is becoming ever more dangerous as even the most intelligent and level-headed bears can only take so much poking before they turn around and rip your face off. Ian]
Biden: ‘We’re sending a message’ to Putin
Vice President Joe Biden dismissed suggestions that the White House has failed to respond to Russian meddling in the US election, cryptically stating that Washington would be sending Moscow “a message” regarding its alleged hacking.
In an NBC interview excerpt released Friday, Biden paused and gave a wry smile when asked why the US has not acted a week after US officials formally accused the Russian government of trying to interfere with the 2016 White House race.
“We’re sending a message” to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Biden said, smiling and nodding his head gently.
“We have the capacity to do it and the message will be sent. He’ll know it and it will be at the time of our choosing and under the circumstances that have the greatest impact.”
Asked whether the public will know, Biden responded tersely: “I hope not.”
Officials have in the past said any cyberattacks on important US institutions would prompt a response, which could take the form of diplomatic or economic sanctions, or possibly cyber measures.
NBC later reported that the CIA was preparing a retaliatory cyberattack “designed to harass and ’embarrass’ the Kremlin leadership.”
A joint statement from the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence was the first official accusation by Washington against Moscow in a spate of email hacks.