to the anonymous shadowy sources, the network has “new
intelligence” from diplomatic sources and spies working for US
allies that shows “Putin personally directed how hacked material
from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used.” One
of the “high level” sources explained that it began as a
“vendetta” against Hillary Clinton, but turned into an
effort to expose corruption in American politics.
and other agencies have challenged assertions by the CIA that
Russia hacked the US presidential election to help Donald Trump
win, as have a host of former intelligence officials.
Former Russian Ambassador Michael McFaul told NBC that Putin is sore
over Clinton casting doubt on the integrity of Russian
elections. "He has had a vendetta against Hillary Clinton,
that has been known for a long time because of what she
said about his elections back in the parliamentary
elections of 2011.
He wants to discredit American democracy
and make us weaker in terms of leading the liberal
democratic order. And most certainly he likes President-elect Trump's
views on Russia," McFaul said.
Neither the CIA, nor the
Director of National Intelligence would comment or confirm NBC’s
Meanwhile, on Monday, a group of six former
high-level intelligence officials calling themselves the “Veteran
Intelligence Professionals for Sanity” released a letter
asserting that Russia is not behind the hack.
“The evidence that should be there is absent; otherwise,
it would surely be brought forward, since this could be done
without any danger to sources and methods,” the letter
states. “Thus, we conclude that the emails were leaked by an
insider – as was the case with Edward Snowden and Chelsea
Manning. Such an insider could be anyone in a government
department or agency with access to NSA databases, or
perhaps someone within the DNC.”
One of the signers,
William Binney, a cryptanalyst-mathematician who spent 30 years
with the NSA, told Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear that the
WikiLeaks email releases were not hacks at all, but insider
“In order to get to the servers, they [hackers]
would have to come across the network and go into the
servers, penetrate them, and then extract data out of the
servers and bring it back across the network,” Binney
explained. “If it were the Russians, it would then go to Russia,
and it would have to go from there across the network
again to get to WikiLeaks.
” If it was a hack, Binney
revealed, the NSA would know who the sender and recipients of the
data are, thanks to mass internet surveillance programs. The
intelligence apparatus does not depend on “circumstantial
evidence,” as has been reported, he noted.
“My point is
really pretty simple. There should be no guessing here at all,
they should be able to show the traceroutes of all the
packets, or some of them anyways, going to the Russians and
then from the Russians to WikiLeaks,” Binney explained.
“There is no excuse for not being able to do that —
and that would be the basic evidence to prove it. Otherwise, it
could be any hacker in the world, or any other government in the
world, who knows.”