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    Hyped Up Senate Hearing on Russian ‘Hacking’ Ends Up Being a Flop

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    No evidence was presented during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday to support allegations that Russia hacked the US Presidential election, despite multiple calls by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham for the nation to “throw rocks” at the Kremlin.

    The highly-anticipated hearing was expected to lay out the basis for US intelligence agency claims of Russian interference, but that was not the case. Instead, it was two hours of unsubstantiated statements, calls for aggression towards Russia, and hyperbole.

    Testifying before the committee were Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers.

    "I don't think that we have ever encountered a more aggressive or direct campaign to interfere in our election process," Clapper told the committee, while refusing to provide evidence to back up his claims.

    Committee chairman and Republican Arizona Senator John McCain used strong language during the hearing, including saying that the alleged hack was "an unprecedented attack on our democracy.” 

    When questioned by a Sputnik reporter following the hearing about the debunking of the Joint Annual Report by security experts, including the finding that 43 percent of the IP addresses attributed to ‘Russian hackers’ were generic web-browser Tor exit nodes, the Senator responded by saying that he had “no idea” what she was talking about.

    As Sputnik previously reported, a whopping 367 of the IPs addresses that were claimed to be ‘proof’ of Russians hacking into the Democratic National Committee network, were simply Tor exit nodes, according to recent expert analysis. This means anyone using a Tor web browser, whether in Ireland, Nigeria, Alaska, or in mom’s basement in Ohio, could leave an IP trace that would apparently reveal them to be crème de la crème Russian computer hackers, according to the logic of the US intelligence community’s report.

    McCain also stated that he had nothing to say about his former running mate Sarah Palin apologizing to Wikileaks.

    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing: Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States.
    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing: "Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States."

    In contrast, Republican Senator Ted Cruz dismissed the claims of Russian interference, telling a scrum of reporters that the Democratic Party is trying to delegitimize the election results by blaming Russia for their heavy losses. He stated that there is no evidence that Russian interference impacted the election.

    Despite not believing that Russia affected the election outcome, Cruz did assert that there needs to be a serious effort to harden US networks to protect against cyberattacks.

    WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was also under attack during the hearing, with Clapper falsely stating that he has been “indicted for a sex crime,” and that he put American lives at risk. Assange has not been indicted by Sweden and claims that anyone was placed in danger by WikiLeaks releases have been widely, and repeatedly, debunked.

    McCain questioned if “there is any credibility we should attach to this individual,” speaking of Assange. Both Rogers and Clapper declared that there was not. 

    While WikiLeaks is known for publishing only actual information, the same cannot be said for the US intelligence community, a fact which was also brought up during the hearing. 

    After noting that many have compared the claims about Russian hacking to the “weapons of mass destruction” claims that led the US to unnecessarily invade Iraq, the comparison was rapidly written off as a “red herring.”

    Clapper referred to Sputnik and RT as “Russian propaganda,” a deep concern to him.

    “I appreciate you raising this,” he said. RT is “very, very active in promoting a particular point of view, disparaging our system, our alleged hypocrisy about human rights, etc. etc., whatever crack they could find in our tapestry, if you will, they would exploit it,” Clapper said. 

    Clapper claimed that a report from intelligence agencies will be publicly released next week outlining the “motives” behind the Russian hack. It is unclear if these potentially fictionalized motives will be supported by the same fictionalized evidence presented at this hearing and the JAR.

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    • avatar
      Denis the Menacein reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, Next only to the weapons of mass destruction lies, which, incidentally were promoted by Clapper!!ons
    • avatar
      Denis the Menacein reply tov76(Show commentHide comment)
      v76, They're trying to appear useful!
    • avatar
      Denis the Menacein reply tovigilante(Show commentHide comment)
      vigilante,
      Lock the nut up in a booby hatch where he belongs along with other paranoid Schitzo maniacs!
    • avatar
      Denis the Menacein reply toAntares Prime(Show commentHide comment)
      Antares Prime, Or If the truth hurts, deal with it!
    • avatar
      Denis the Menacein reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie, Same as here in Canada, as CBC goes along with it, and ultimately losing all credibility with their invited 'experts'!
    • avatar
      questfortruth
      ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, MSNBC: American propaganda.
    • avatar
      mario828282
      Neocons need no evidence to start a war because war is their oxygen.
    • FlorianGeyer
      The ancient proverb " Those that the Gods wish to destroy they first make mad " is most pertinent here. IF the US Libtard elite are as dumb as they portray, its about time they retired.

      IF they are not dumb, they are criminals and should be locked away for the rest of their lives, either in a lunatic asylum or a jail fill of rabid gangsters.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie
      The UK Government and MSM are always a few days behind America. Our leaders are more stubborn to accept reality. Even with their sending of troops to Latvia to threaten Russia with a NATO attack . All this in the depths of the Russian winter that did not go too well for Napoleon or Hitler and Hitler had 3 million combat experienced troops. :)
    • avatar
      malcholmh
      If you want to know what swamp creatures need to go away when the sludge gets pumped out there are several in this hearing. The good old GOP is a BIG part of the problem. It's pretty obvious who is playing along with the liberal media without a shred of evidence. Keep repeating the chant John maybe somebody will be dumb enough to buy in to it. But, the bottom line is this, the public has learned to check sputnik, rt, gateway pundit, newsbuster, etc to get to the truth. So, keep playing the MSM game and you'll get to use the fat retirement package you and all your buddies voted for.
    • avatar
      jas
      What credibility does McCain have?
    • avatar
      Donny
      What do we have here? From this and the white house spokesperson's performance yesterday it appears battle lines have been drawn. These battle lines are not the US vs. Russia, they are the neocons vs. Trump.

      While all of them were concentrating on 'overseas duty' a single man (Trump) took them down at home.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      McCain is a walking zombie .......these idiots up on Capitol Hill witnessed all of these high profile morons present no evidence of Russian hacking. All of these lying bastards should go to jail for fraud and racketeering on THE RICO ACT.
    • avatar
      Tolerance
      McCain and Lindsey Graham are mad criminals. Clapper is a liar.
    • avatar
      mvlazysusan
      >"" US "intelligence" to brief Trump on asset in Iran "Shahram Amiri" who was named on Hillary's unsecure-server, then executed as US spy.

      twitter.com/wileecarlote/status/817137674221916160
    • avatar
      tobi.gelando
      In Greece there have a saying "halve gods are more worst as the Gods"
      and the usa politic circus has only halve gods !!!!
    • avatar
      jlamenzo
      John McCain was known by his Navy colleagues as a 'canary' during his POW time in North Viet Nam. He farts through his mouth endlessly. But what he is absolutely terrified of is what Soviet era military intelligence has on him, secured in an impenetrable archive, to be used when or if the time is right.
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      goldcamshaftin reply toDonny(Show commentHide comment)
      Donny, "While all of them were concentrating on 'overseas duty' a single man (Trump) took them down at home." This is a correct statement with regards this affair and is the micro symptom of the macro in which the usa and the west are more intrigued with the taking down of so called enemies than they are with developing the state of their economies and the welfare of their citizens. While the west was going to war, economic and political, with any country that does not bow down to the fifty stars, India, China, Russia, Brazil, Iran, Indonesia etc were making great strides into betterment for their people by avoiding costly conflict engineering.
    • Igor Rin reply tojlamenzo(Show commentHide comment)
      jlamenzo, I think the time to use that evidence is long overdue.
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      Antares Primein reply toDenis the Menace(Show commentHide comment)
      Denis the Menace, Amen to that, brother!
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