The US intelligence agencies have asked the American people to trust them, that they know that Russian Federation President Putin personally directed hackers to help Donald Trump defeat Secretary Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.
Well, intelligence agencies, I have the greatest respect for your capabilities and your people.
But I also know you made serious errors in recommending that the US invade Iraq to stop Saddam Hussein from creating Weapons of Mass Destruction, and we got into a war we really didn't need. Now President Obama is pledging retalliation. So pardon me for wanting to ask a few questions before we get into a squabble with the Number 2 superpower in the world, okay?
First let's be clear. The most important claim is that President Putin ordered Russian Intelligence Agencies to deliberately release emails that were damaging to Secretary Clinton.
I know that everybody is hacking everybody. That is not the point. We know that everyone is hacking everyone else. Definitely the Russians want to hack out emails, and I'm also quite sure that we have out own hackers trying to get into various email systems around the world. Everyone does it. The Chinese, British, French, Germans, not to mention all the independent computer geniuses that hack just because they think it is fun, or the tabloid press that wants to sell news. I had my credit card hacked last month. But that doesn't prove that President Putin did it to influence an election. Everybody hacks, so that is not any kind of great top secret discovery.
Certainly the real question should be how many people were hacking the DNC or government agencies. It would be astonishing if it was only one group. I would think that 10 different individuals or groups, with varying skill, try their hand at penetrating secure computer networks.
You say that the attack on DNC was so brilliantly conceived that (1) only a professional national intelligence agency could have done it, and that (2) permission of President Putin would have to have been required.
Now, the actual breech at DNC occurred from fake emails like the one below, designed to scare witless DNC officials into going onto a fake website and revealing their password to the hacker. Then the hacker tried the same password on other email sites, and sure enough some people were dumb enough to use the same password for multiple accounts. That's it? This phishing email? That's the thing that is so brilliant that only Russian Intelligence could create it?