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“Hack Me Baby, One More Time” – Germany keeps the American myth about “Russian hackers” alive

The German mainstream media and ruling elites copy the anti-Russian paranoia of their American colleagues. They blame the Russian ‘state-backed’ hackers and media for all their current and future failures. As usual, with zero evidence.

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There was a curious sequence of events in the past few days in Germany.

On Sunday, November 27, and on the following Monday around 900,000 routers of Telekom, Germany’s largest internet provider, suddenly went offline blocking their users’ access to Internet, Internet TV and phone services.

While agitated citizens kept plugging and unplugging their routers to install necessary updates, Telekom issued a statement where it said that the outage was due to an “attack.”

The source of the attack was not named. By Monday evening the system resumed its normal work, but the concerned citizens stayed intrigued.

Next day, on Tuesday, November 29, Süddeutsche Zeitung published an interview with Bruno Kahl, the new chief of the main German intelligence service BND. Speaking to press for the first time since assuming the office five months ago, Mr. Kahl warned about the imminent danger of massive cyber-attacks coming from Russia. Kahl also blamed Russian hackers and the so called ‘fake news’, yet once again with zero evidence, for a number of things, including the outcome of the US election.

The BND chief said in that interview that the interferences in the US election provided some ‘indications’ of “certain traces” leading to Russia. “Of course, to attribute these [interferences] to a certain state player is technically difficult. But something (!) tells us that they were at least tolerated or desired on the state’s side,” Kahl was quoted by Süddeutsche Zeitung as saying.

Kahl did not stop there and extended the image of the almighty “Kremlin arm” to the upcoming German parliamentary elections due to be held in 2017. He accused the Kremlin of meddling in German “democracy”.

In the event of Merkel’s defeat, this interview would provide a convenient explanation as to why Mrs. Merkel’s popularity plummeted. Not because of the current refugee crisis, but because of Russian cyber-attacks. Kahl said explicitly referring to Russian ‘internet activities’.

“This danger will also come to the election in Germany in 2017… There are some indications that these cyber-attacks do not have any other purpose besides provoking political uncertainty”,

The irony of this innuendo by the BND chief is that it was published only a couple of days before WikiLeaks revealed on December 1 new details of how close the ties between BND and NSA really are.   The 2,420 documents published contain a wealth of embarrassing information; for example one document states that a BND employee will use software of an NSA system “for searching and analyzing data collected through mass surveillance”.

Curiously enough on the same Tuesday as the new BND chief warned about Russian cyber-attacks, Die Welt published an article titled ‘Why the Traces of Hackers So Often Lead to Moscow’.

Referring for some reason to an old 1980s James Bond movie titled Octopussy (whose plot is centred around another nuclear war provoked by a Russian general) the paper actually admits that there have been no proven traces of Germany’s troubles leading to ‘Putin’s desk’.

Struggling to provide any explanation as to why the German mainstream media, at home often referred to as Lügenpresse (lying press), nonetheless stubbornly continues to cite the mantra “Putin Did It”.

 Die Welt at the end draws a grim picture of what is still to come to the doomed people of Germany.

“Next time the electricity may break down… The message [from Russia] is the same: “There is somebody in your living room. He watches you, and he grabs you by the lapels. We in Russia do not know either, who he is. But the world may still live in peace, if you take the right decisions in a polling booth.””

And if Die Welt or the BND chief together with Süddeutsche Zeitung still cannot convince the German reader of how Russians are the source of all evil on this planet and beyond, the ruling CDU-CSU coalition published a Russia Manifesto on the same Tuesday articulating a state policy on how to handle the “Russian problem.”

In that lengthy document, the apparatchiks of the CDU-CSU coalition lash out not so much at Russia’s “annexation” of Crimea, where the majority of the population are actually Russian patriots. Their main target is Russia’s media:

“With her hybrid exertions of influence, not only does Russia try to split the western countries, to discredit the politics of the German government and especially those of Chancellor [Merkel] … [Russia also tries] to cast a shadow over close relations between European states and the US, as well as to destabilise those countries that want closer relations with the EU and NATO. For that, Moscow implements a wide variety of different instruments: secret service activities, anti-Western propaganda, disinformation through the media like RT or Sputnik News, political and financial support for right-wing parties in the EU, sabotage campaigns through cyber-attacks, as well as instrumentalisation of Russians living abroad.”

So, there you have it – the evil enemy from the same old McCarthy Playbook. And people in Russia still think Europeans are MADE to be Russophobes by the American politicians. No, the EU can easily produce its own brand of McCarthyism. 

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Tape recorded evidence of Clinton-Ukraine meddling in US election surfaces (Video)

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a look at new evidence to surface from Ukraine that exposes a plot by the US Embassy in Kiev and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) to leak Paul Manafort’s corrupt dealings in the country, all for the benefit of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has launched an investigation into the head of the Ukrainian National Anti-Corruption Bureau for allegedly attempting to help Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump during the 2016 US election by releasing damaging information about a “black ledger” of illegal business dealings by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The Hill’s John Solomon, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko

“Today we will launch a criminal investigation about this and we will give legal assessment of this information,” Lutsenko said last week, according to The Hill

Lutsenko is probing a claim from a member of the Ukrainian parliament that the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), Artem Sytnyk, attempted to the benefit of the 2016 U.S. presidential election on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

A State Department spokesman told Hill.TV that officials aware of news reports regarding Sytnyk. –The Hill

“According to the member of parliament of Ukraine, he got the court decision that the NABU official conducted an illegal intrusion into the American election campaign,” said Lutsenko, speaking with The Hill’s John Solomon about the anti-corruption bureau chief, Artem Sytnyk.

“It means that we think Mr. Sytnyk, the NABU director, officially talked about criminal investigation with Mr. [Paul] Manafort, and at the same time, Mr. Sytnyk stressed that in such a way, he wanted to assist the campaign of Ms. Clinton,” Lutsenko continued.

Solomon asked Lutsenko about reports that a member of Ukraine’s parliament obtained a tape of the current head of the NABU saying that he was attempting to help Clinton win the 2016 presidential election, as well as connections that helped release the black-ledger files that exposed Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort‘s wrongdoing in Ukraine.

“This member of parliament even attached the audio tape where several men, one of which had a voice similar to the voice of Mr. Sytnyk, discussed the matter.” –The Hill

What The Hill doesn’t mention is that Sytnyk released Manafort’s Black Book with Ukrainian lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko – discussed in great length by former Breitbart investigator Lee Stranahan, who has been closely monitoring this case.

Serhiy Leshchenko

T]he main spokesman for these accusations was Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian politician and journalist who works closely with both top Hillary Clinton donors George Soros and Victor Pinchuk, as well as to the US Embassy in Kyiv.

James Comey should be asked about this source that Leshchenko would not identify. Was the source someone connected to US government, either the State Department or the Department of Justice?

The New York Times should also explain why they didn’t mention that Leshchenko had direct connections to two of Hillary Clinton biggest financial backers. Victor Pinchuk, the largest donor to the Clinton Foundation at a staggering $8.6 million also happened to have paid for Leshchenko’s expenses to go to international conferences. George Soros, whose also founded the International Renaissance Foundationthat worked closely with Hillary Clinton’s State Department in Ukraine, also contributed at least $8 million to Hillary affiliated super PACs in the 2016 campaign cycle. –Lee Stranahan via Medium

Meanwhile, according to former Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr, Leshchenko was a source for opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which commissioned the infamous Trump-Russia dossier.

Nellie Ohr, a former contractor for the Washington, D.C.-based Fusion GPS, testified on Oct. 19 that Serhiy Leshchenko, a former investigative journalist turned Ukrainian lawmaker, was a source for Fusion GPS during the 2016 campaign.

“I recall … they were mentioning someone named Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian,” Ohr said when asked who Fusion GPS’s sources were, according to portions of Ohr’s testimony confirmed by The Daily Caller News Foundation. –Daily Caller

Also absent from The Hill report is the fact that Leshchenko was convicted in December by a Kiev court of interfering in the 2016 US election.

A Kyiv court said that a Ukrainian lawmaker and a top anticorruption official’s decision in 2016 to publish documents linked to President Donald Trump’s then-campaign chairman amounted to interference in the U.S. presidential election.

The December 11 finding came in response to a complaint filed by another Ukrainian lawmaker, who alleged that Serhiy Leshchenko and Artem Sytnyk illegally released the documents in August 2016, showing payments by a Ukrainian political party to Trump’s then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

The documents, excerpts from a secret ledger of payments by the Party of Regions, led to Manafort being fired by Trump’s election campaign.

The Kyiv court said that the documents published by Leshchenko and Sytnyk were part of an ongoing pretrial investigation in Ukraine into the operations of the pro-Russian Party of Regions. The party’s head had been President Viktor Yanukovych until he fled the country amid mass protests two years earlier.

-RadioFreeEurope/Radio Liberty (funded by the US govt.).

So while Lutsenko – Solomon’s guest and Ukrainian Prosecutor is currently going after Artem Sytnyk, it should be noted that Leshchenko was already found to have meddled in the 2016 US election.

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Meanwhile, you can also check out Stranahan’s take on Leshchenko being left out of the loop.

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‘I will take over as Brexit Party leader’: Nigel Farage back on the frontline

Nigel Farage says that if the UK takes part in European elections, he will lead his new Brexit Party.

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Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has announced that he will lead his new Brexit Party into the European elections if UK MPs decide to delay Brexit beyond May 22.

Farage, who has ostensibly appointed himself leader, told various media, including the BBC and Sky News on Friday morning: “I will take over as leader of the Brexit Party and lead it into the European Elections.”

It comes after the Brexit Party’s leader, Catherine Blaiklock, quit over a series of alleged Islamophobic statements and retweets of far-right figures on social media.

It is not yet thought that Farage has officially been elected as leader, as the party does not, as yet, have a formal infrastructure to conduct such a vote.

The right-wing MEP vowed to put out a whole host of Brexit Party candidates if the UK participates in the upcoming EU elections in May, adding: “If we fight those elections, we will fight them on trust.”

On Thursday night, the EU agreed to PM May’s request for a delaying to Brexit beyond the March 29 deadline. Brussels announced two new exit dates depending on what happens next week in the UK parliament.

The UK will have to leave the bloc on April 12 unless British MPs agree to May’s Brexit deal. If the withdrawal agreement is passed by next week, EU leaders have agreed to grant an extension until May 22.

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Baltics cannot rely on Germany any more

The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it is supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership blunders.

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On March 29 Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will celebrate 15 years of becoming NATO member states. The way to the alliance membership was not simple for newly born independent countries. They have reached great success in fulfilling many of NATO demands: they have considerably increased their defence expenditures, renewed armaments and increased the number of military personnel.

In turn, they get used to rely on more powerful member states, their advice, help and even decision making. All these 15 years they felt more or less safe because of proclaimed European NATO allies’ capabilities.

Unfortunately, now it is high time to doubt. The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership’s blunders. Every member state does a bit. As for the Baltic states, they are particularly vulnerable, because they fully depend on other NATO member states in their defence. Thus, Germany, Canada and Britain are leading nations of the NATO battle group stationed in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia respectively.

But the state of national armed forces in Germany, for example, raises doubts and makes it impossible not only defend the Baltics against Russia, but Germany itself.

It turned out, that Germany itself remains dissatisfied with its combat readiness and minister of defence’s ability to perform her duties. Things are so bad, that the military’s annual readiness report would be kept classified for the first time for “security reasons.”

“Apparently the readiness of the Bundeswehr is so bad that the public should not be allowed to know about it,” said Tobias Lindner, a Greens member who serves on the budget and defense committees.

Inspector General Eberhard Zorn said (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-arms/germany-not-satisfied-with-readiness-of-submarines-some-aircraft-idUSKBN1QS1G7) the average readiness of the country’s nearly 10,000 weapons systems stood at about 70 percent in 2018, which meant Germany was able to fulfill its military obligations despite increasing responsibilities.

No overall comparison figure was available for 2017, but last year’s report revealed readiness rates of under 50 percent for specific weapons such as the aging CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters and the Tornado fighter jets.

Zorn said this year’s report was more comprehensive and included details on five main weapons systems used by the cyber command, and eight arms critical for NATO’s high readiness task force, which Germany heads this year.

“The overall view allows such concrete conclusions about the current readiness of the Bundeswehr that knowledge by unauthorized individuals would harm the security interests of the Federal Republic of Germany,” he wrote.

Critics are sure of incompetence of the Federal Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen. Though she has occupied the upper echelons of German politics for 14 years now — and shows no sign of success. This mother of seven, gynecologist by profession, by some miracle for a long time has been remaining in power, though has no trust even among German military elites. Despite numerous scandals she tries to manage the Armed Forces as a housewife does and, of course, the results are devastating for German military capabilities. The same statement could be easily apply for the Baltic States, which highly dependent on Germany in military sphere.

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