The Intercept as Clinton Camp Partisan

June 6, 2017

David Moros

Both the "leaked" document and this article from The Intercept present no tangible evidence of anything except perhaps that the NSA has no empirical data linking Russia colluding with Wikileaks and the Trump camp hacking DNC servers and such to sink Hillary's boat.

The Intercept is portrayed or presented by "progressives" for example as a trustworthy information source. But, The Intercept folks who wrote and edited this piece accept, up front, what they should be gettin' to the bottom of. Namely, what does this document reveal about Russia interceding into U.S.'s presidential election campaign or the continuing hysterical campaign by the Clinton camp to whip up war with Russia?

Nothin'.

What is does do though, is to add fuel to the fabrication that Russia interceded to put Trump camp into office. And from whence does this tall tale emanate? Well of course, the Clinton camp.

The Intercept writes,

"While the document provides a rare window into the NSA's understanding of the mechanics of Russian hacking, it does not show the underlying "raw" intelligence on which the analysis is based."

By this statement I understand/assume that no "raw" intelligence means no tangible, no empirical data to make a definitive analysis with.

The Intercept:

"It 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:"

Is your position no "raw intelligence" means nothing definitive or "It states unequivocally in its summary statement that it was Russian military intelligence" meaning that the US intelligence services made an unequivocal case?

It "states" but it doesn't prove anything, it simply makes baseless assertions using qualifiers galore!

These are all from the 4 measly pages of the NSA document.


"The actors likely"...

"... potentially used to offer election-related products and services, presumably to U.S.-based targets."

"... actors sent test emails to two non-existent accounts ostensibly associated with absentee balloting, presumably with the purpose of creating those accounts to mimic legitimate services."

"Cyber threat actors executed a spear-phishing campaign...according to information..."

"This campaign appeared to be designed..."

"The actors were probably trying..."

"It is unknown whether the aforementioned spear-phishing deployment successfully compromised all the intended victims, and what potential data from the victim could have been exfiltrated. However,... it was likely that at least one account was compromised."

"It is likely that the cyber threat actors created this email address to appear..."

"(COMMENT: It possible that the targeted email addresses were obtained...(COMMENT: This likely indicates...although the exact date...was not confirmed.)"

"...it was likely that the threat actor was targeting officials..."

"It is unknown whether the aforementioned spear-phishing deployment successfully compromised the intended victims, and what potential data could have been accessed by the cyber actor."

"...run an unknown payload..."

"(COMMENT: The unknown payload very likely installs..."

"... it was unknown if there was any targeting using this email account."

"... it was likely intended for U.S.-based targets.)"

"...the cyber threat actors sent what appeared to be a test email..."

"... it appeared the threat actors intent...presumably with the purpose..."

https://theintercept.com/2017/06/05/top-secret-nsa-report-details-russian-hacking-effort-days-before-2016-election/

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3766950/NSA-Report-on-Russia-Spearphishing.pdf


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