Bill Binney was interviewed today about his October 24 meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo at President Trump’s request to discuss Russian hacking – if any.

November 8, 2017 – 15 minutes

Binney and Pompeo focused on the 3-month-old conclusion of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity that technical evidence disproves what “handpicked” intelligence analysts “assessed” was a Russian hack of DNC emails on July 5, 2016.  Binney and other former senior technical experts from NSA who co-authored the VIPS Memorandum of July 24 based their conclusions on the kind of forensic evidence that – so far as is known – neither FBI technicians nor “handpicked” analysts from CIA/NSA/FBI have paid adequate attention to.

Plainspoken Bill showed some impatience with the endless array of what-about-this-theory folks, who engage in speculation but do not produce any “factual evidence that we could take a look at.”  He makes the main point – transfer speed – a couple of times, and includes mention of the results of trans-Atlantic experiments he ordered in late summer to test what Internet transfer speeds could be achieved.  The results of those tests confirmed VIPS’s earlier conclusions that, during the July 5, 2017 cyber-intrusion at the DNC, data was leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computers.  Those more recent findings were discussed here:

Intel Vets Challenge ‘Russia Hack’ Evidence

Truth in Labeling

 

It comes as no surprise that VIPS’s findings do not go down well with the guardians of ‘Russia-gate’ orthodoxy.  This morning, NBC and CNN were calling him a “conspiracy theorist” – a label customarily applied to those who dare dispute the prevailing wisdom on key issues like this one.  This ploy, of course, was not hard to see coming.  Actually, for the first time in its almost 15-year existence, VIPS felt it necessary to append the following advisory to the bottom of its Memorandum of July 24.

Full Disclosure: Over recent decades the ethos of our intelligence profession has eroded in the public mind to the point that agenda-free analysis is deemed well nigh impossible. Thus, we add this disclaimer, which applies to everything we in VIPS say and do: We have no political agenda; our sole purpose is to spread truth around and, when necessary, hold to account our former intelligence colleagues.

 

We speak and write without fear or favor. Consequently, any resemblance between what we say and what presidents, politicians and pundits say is purely coincidental. The fact we find it is necessary to include that reminder speaks volumes about these highly politicized times. This is our 50th VIPS Memorandum since the afternoon of Powell’s speech at the UN. Live links to the 49 past memos can be found at https://consortiumnews.com/vips-memos/.

 

Sorting It All Out

 

Early this week a university professor asked Ray for help in plowing through this story.  He prepared a short list of relevant documents; they are pasted in below:

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-A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack

By Patrick Lawrence, The Nation
https://www.thenation.com/article/a-new-report-raises-big-questions-about-last-years-dnc-hack/

August 9, 2017

“Former NSA experts, now members of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), say it wasn’t a hack at all, but a leak—an inside job by someone with access to the DNC’s system.”

 

-URL FOR THE KEY VIPS MEMO OF JULY 24 (UPON WHICH THE “THE NATION” ARTICLE LARGELY BASED)

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/07/24/intel-vets-challenge-russia-hack-evidence/

-AN IMPORTANT UPDATE; AND HERE THE MATTER STANDS PRETTY MUCH, BUT THERE HAVE BEEN ALSO SOME MORE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS (CAN CALL 703 994 1459 CELL), IF INTEREST.

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/09/20/more-holes-in-russia-gate-narrative/

 

EARLIER PIECES AND A GOOD COMIC RELIEF ONE

 

-A Demand for Russian ‘Hacking’ Proof

A Key Issue That Still Needs to be Resolved

January 17, 2017

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/01/17/a-demand-for-russian-hacking-proof/

 

 

-Allegations of Hacking Are Baseless

VIPS, December 12, 2016

https://consortiumnews.com/2016/12/12/us-intel-vets-dispute-russia-hacking-claims/

-COMEDIAN ON THE ‘RUSSIAN HACKING’ CANARD

Intelligence Analysts Say Russia Didn’t Hack U.S. Election; It Was an Inside Job

Watch Lee Camp use humor and some precious video clips to drive home the points that VIPS has been making.

August 26, 2017, (16 minutes: a biting spoof)

http://raymcgovern.com/2017/08/29/intelligence-analysts-say-russia-didnt-hack-u-s-election-it-was-an-inside-job/