Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Analyzing the "intelligence" summary
So here's the declassified summary of the "report" released by DHS in January:
Let's break it down, shall we?
Items 1 - 6 are so much "he said, she said" statements with no evidence to back them up:
1. Officials *believed* hackers were associated with Russian intel agencies.
2. A hacking group *possibly* linked to the agency...
3. Investigators *believe* that the G.R.U., or a hacking group known as Fancy Bear or A.P.T. 28...
4. A self-proclaimed hacker that investigators *say* was a “persona” created by the G.R.U.
5. Investigators *say* it is a front for the Russian hackers...
6. The report released on Jan. 6 *said* that intelligence officials “assess with high confidence..."
Now, from item 7 onward, we have a lot of actions being taken and discussed based on the above "he said, she said" statements:
7. Dozens of newspapers, television stations, bloggers and radio stations around the United States... pursued reporting based on the hacked material, significantly increasing the effects of the cyberattack.
8. Note the disclaimer on the DHS website "report":
"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) *does not provide any warranties of any kind* regarding any information sontained within."
9 - 11: Minimal detail about the effects on the election, with no reference to the veracity or lack thereof of the emails leaked. Those ieffects included the forced resignation of DWS.
Conclusion based on available facts, without the innuendoes and suppositions inherent in this kind of bogus reporting:
If the emails are not so bad, like the Establishment actors and supporters claim, then release the original emails to point out where the analysts are wrong. But they haven't done that, and I predict they won't do that. Why? Because the emails have electronic validation markers added by email software that verify authenticity. Those markers, I would wager, would also verify that those who are critical of the DNC are right to be so.
Further, there would have been no reason for Shultz to resign.
Critical reading and thinking, combined with knowledge of words and language, are wonderful tools only if one bothers to use them.
© 2017 by Don Rice Jr.