By Robert Parry, August 5, 2017
A very good wrap-up by an author with lots of experience with Neocons
Ray was interviewed about the finding of independent forensic investigators that the so-called “Russian hack” of the DNC on July 5, 2016 was NOT a hack – by Russia or anyone else, but rather an inside job.
Someone with physical access to DNC computers copied the data onto an external storage device – a thumb drive, for example – at a speed far exceeding what was possible last summer for a remote hack. The data showed “doctoring” aimed at indicating that it was a “Russian hack.”
August 3, 2017 (Ray’s segment goes from minute 15:30 to 26:40.)
Hats off to the independent investigators who dug these conclusions out by doing the nitty-gritty forensic work, as well as to former technical intelligence specialists now in VIPS, who reviewed the results and, in the words of former NSA Technical Director William Binney, pronounced them QED.
The independent investigators got into the metadata of the July 5 so-called “hack.” There they discovered not only the speed (the “transfer rate”) of the data extraction, but also “time stamps” indicating that it was performed in the Eastern Time zone of the U.S. at about 6:45 PM. In addition, the locally copied documents showed tainting with synthetically introduced “tell-tale signs” suggesting Russian involvement.
It remains somewhat of a mystery why former FBI Director James Comey did not order his experts to perform the required forensics on what some in Congress were calling “an act of war.” But only somewhat of a mystery. Was Comey so incompetent; or was he fully briefed on the operation by his deep-state colleagues from CIA and NSA? And how about the “hand-picked” analysts who wrote the “definitive” memo of January 6, 2017? “Assessing” is a lot easier, and politically safe, than asking for forensics.
Although the open VIPS MEMORANDUM For: The President,
was published almost two weeks ago, mainstream media have displayed an allergy to its findings. We are hoping that will change soon, given the importance that has been attributed to “Russian hacking” in the downward spiral of U.S.-Russian relations.
By Mike Whitney, August 1, 2017
Embedded in Mike Whitney’s article is an interview Ray gave to Jason Ross on March 31, 2017 (the second of four interviews Ray gave on that particular day.
It was the same day WikiLeaks exposed the cyber-tool “Marble” that enables the CIA to “obfuscate” who performed a particular hack, and attribute this or that hack to Russia (or China, Korea, Iran, or the Arab states, since Marble can insert “telltale signs” in the applicable languages into such hacks. Marble was used during 2016; we do not know exactly how, but have a good guess.
Although this interview of Ray took place four months ago, the issues addressed remain very much on the front burner and/or remain of interest in setting the historicl record straight. We don’t think it will bore you. Here is the direct link to the video:
July 27 (36 minutes)
House Passes New Russia Sanctions, Pumps Adrenaline Into Cold War 2.0
By Daniel McAdams, July 25, 2017
Will RT be banned, and will those who appear on it be silenced?
July 25, 2017 (seven minutes)
The MEMORANDUM FOR: The President (of July 24) that prompted the interview can be found here:
Ray interviewed on nomination of Kay Bailey Hutchison to be U.S. ambassador to NATO
July 21, 2017 (six minutes)
Ray sees the nomination of Hutchison as the latest sign that President Trumps is either (1) unable to appoint people known to be in sync with his effort to create a more decent relationship with Russia, or (2) is himself captive to the same misbegotten conceit displayed by Obama in appointing his own ‘Team of Rivals’ – including hawks like Hillary and Bobby Gates – and thinking he could control them.