President Obama’s punishment of Russia for allegedly hacking the emails of Democratic Party operatives to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election ignores at least two important facts.
For one, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose hacktivist organization released the thousands of emails that shed damaging light on Hillary Clinton and her allies, denied the Russians were the source.
In addition, the Obama administration has developed a reputation for manipulating intelligence for political purposes.
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The administration announced Thursday that through an executive order, Obama sanctioned two of Russia’s intelligence services, the GRU and FSB, and declared 35 Russian intelligence operatives “persona non grata” in the U.S. Also, the U.S. is shutting down Russian compounds in Maryland and New York.
Earlier this month, in a speech to donors in New York City, Hillary Clinton blamed her defeat on Russian President Vladimir Putin, claiming “a personal beef” with her prompted him to meddle in the U.S. presidential election.
“Vladimir Putin himself directed the covert cyber attacks against our electoral system, against our democracy, apparently because he has a personal beef against me,” Clinton said. ”He is determined not only to score a point against me but also undermine our democracy.”
Clinton claimed that Russia had hacked both the Democratic National Committee and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, and released the emails to WikiLeaks in a plot to boost Trump.
Clinton called for Congress to set up a commission similar to the commission set up after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.
But Clinton did not specify Putin’s “personal beef,” nor did she offer any proof Assange and WikiLeaks had obtained the hacked emails from Russia.
Podesta, meanwhile, on Dec. 18, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” the presidential election had been “distorted” by the Russian intervention.
Asked if it was a “free and fair” election, Podesta railed against Putin, insisting “the Russians clearly intervened in the election.”
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‘No proof whatsoever’
Assange, however, in a July 25 interview with NBC News, said there was “no proof whatsoever” that WikiLeaks obtained nearly 20,000 hacked Democratic National Committee emails from Russian intelligence.
Assange said DNC servers have been riddled with security holes for years and that many sets of documents from multiple sources are now in public hands.