Assange made this clear: "Everything is almost completely insecure now. Computer systems have become so complex that it is not possible to understand all the parts, let alone secure them. It's just impossible."
We know this. Yahoo certainly knows this.
How do the CIA and the FBI know that Russian hackers did this? Why not blame that most familiar of sources, a disgruntled leader? The Wikileaks agent who collected the mails has said that the leaker was a Democrat insider who had access to the emails.
The Daily Mail reports:
A Wikileaks envoy today claims he personally received Clinton campaign emails in Washington D.C. after they were leaked by 'disgusted' whisteblowers - and not hacked by Russia.
Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, told Dailymail.com that he flew to Washington, D.C. for a clandestine hand-off with one of the email sources in September.
'Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians,' said Murray in an interview with Dailymail.com on Tuesday. 'The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.'
That is quite clear. But that is not good enough for President Obama.
ABC News posted this headline: Obama Vows Retaliation as Evidence of Russian Hacking Mounts.
I saw that and chuckled. This is the most feckless President since Jimmy Carter:
- Obama pulled troops out of Iraq, and Iraq fell apart,
- just as non-interventionists had said would happen in 2003
- ISIS (called ISIL by Obama) began creating Havoc
- Suicide bombings are a way of life
- Meanwhile, back in Afghanistan, U.S. troops are overseeing a 16-year losing campaign
- As for Syria, Assad is winning, much to Obama's consternation.
- He has not gotten anything through Congress since ObamaCare, which is visibly falling apart.
- In 2011, he announced that U.S. troops captured bin Laden, for which he offered no proof.
- There was no body. But even if U.S. troops did do this, they were simply following Bush's orders.
- Remember "dead or alive"? Obama had done nothing unique about bin Laden.
This is the man who went before the press in his final press conference of 2016, and announced this:
"I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections ... we need to take action. And we will -- at a time and place of our own choosing."
I think of the old Lone Ranger joke: "What you mean 'we,' paleface?"
It doesn't fit the complexion, but the "we" part surely does.
Better put: "You and who else?"
Obama said that he told Putin at the September G-20 meeting:
"to cut it out, and there were going to be some serious consequences if he didn't."
He says that's all it took.
"In fact, we did not see further tampering of the election process," Obama said.
"But the leaks through WikiLeaks had already occurred."
Well, I guess that showed Putin!
- Putin is still in office
- Obama will not be a month from now.
- Obama is departing
- The sleepwalking man with the teleprompter is heading into the sunset
- Yet he speaks of "we."
The media are running Trump attacks 24x7. These do no good for the Democrats.
The Dems still cannot understand this headline from November: Shrill, Nagging, and Secretive Old Woman Loses Election. The Secretary of State who somehow became a multimillionaire between 2001 and 2005 lost to a multibillionaire TV celebrity. Only in America!
The Dems blame the supposedly hacked emails, not her unquestionably illegal emails as Secretary of State.
The Dems blame Russia, not Carlos Danger and his now-estranged wife.
The Dems are looking for a non-campaign excuse for her loss in much the same way that Bush looked for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction after 2003.
Teddy Roosevelt recommended that America -- meaning Teddy Roosevelt -- should speak softly and carry a big stick. Obama speaks loudly and carries a well-worn twig.
In a month, the media will pay no attention to what he says, any more than they care what Hillary Clinton says. Wisely, she says nothing.
I can think of only two relevant things that any lame-duck President has said in my lifetime:
- Eisenhower gave the most important farewell speech in American history on January 17, 1960
- He uttered these words: "military-industrial complex."
- The other memorable comment was George W. Bush's assessment of the economy he had overseen:
- "This sucker may go down."
Obama has one month to match them. I remain doubtful.