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Debate: Is ‘Russiagate’ a CIA Hoax?

Eric Zuesse

There now is a public debate regarding whether or not ‘Russiagate’ was/is a CIA-generated hoax, instead of (as it has been reported) a Russian Government hacking operation. Whatever it was, did spark massive U.S. economic and other sanctions against Russia, and is therefore important in today’s U.S. international relations. Had the CIA actually created the “evidence”? Were those sanctions based upon a U.S. Government fraud? That is the question here.

On July 30th, the former Technical Director of the NSA — America’s top position on cyber intelligence including computer-hacking — Bill Binney, summarized, by a ten-minute presentation, the latest up-to-date information that exists regarding, and discussing, the actual sources of the various unauthorized releases, to the public, of emails and other documents from the computers of the Democratic National Committee and of John Podesta who headed the Presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. Binney alleged there that the raw data prove conclusively — not just speculatively — that the CIA tampered with the evidence, in order to become enabled to accuse Russia as having been involved in those unauthorized information-releases. He further alleged that Robert Mueller’s report on the Democratic Party’s charges that Russia and Trump were involved in these matters was false when it unquestioningly accepted the CIA’s assertions against Russia and on that basis accused the Internet Research Agency, in Russia, as having “hacked” the data. Consequently: if Binney’s case is correct, then recent U.S. history is based upon fraud by the U.S. Government itself. This would be a case like America’s 2003 invasion of Iraq, but perhaps even worse.

One of the news-sites that published his presentation was Silver Doctors. A reader-comment there, from an anonymous “Fred,” challenged Binney’s reconstruction of what had occurred. Here below is Fred’s reader-comment, and Binney’s response to it:

  • FredOMG, what a quack, I watched the video and as a cyber security professional, the man knows spews a lot of terminology but really knows nothing. First, time stamps can change every time files are moved to a new source. Of course they would be very close to each other when copying in bulk. Emails are mostly text if they don’t have attachments which takes up very little space. Depending on the system  all the emails can be contained in one file, so when that 1 file is transferred and of the contents would be the same time stamp. 2nd, of course data can be transferred at much high rates than 19mbs, what is he living in the 20th century? We have gigabyte internet now., data can be transferred well over 100 mbs. 3rd. he presents no evidence directly linking CIA other than to say, who else could have done it. His whole theory is just an opinion, absolute rubbish. No wonder he’s not taken seriously.Reply

    • Eric Zuesse     Fred“Fred,” I sent your comment to Bill Binney and asked him to respond. His response included an attachment, which probably won’t be able to be included here, bu I now am pasting here his reply to you:
    •  Eric, here are my comments to this “professional.”
    •   “OMG, what a quack,”
    • When people don’t have any substance to address,  they throw labels out to try and prejudice the issue.
    • ” I watched the video and as a cyber security professional, the man knows spews a lot of terminology but really knows nothing.”
    • I guess I achieved the position of Technical Director of the World Geopolitical and Military Analysis and Reporting at NSA by knowing nothing.  Sure!  This is a typical baseless assertion that
    • Sophists make all the time.  And our country has thousands of people like this.
    • “First, time stamps can change every time files are moved to a new source. Of course they would be very close to each other when copying in bulk. Emails are mostly text if they don’t have attachments which takes up very little space. Depending on the system  all the emails can be contained in one file, so when that 1 file is transferred and of the contents would be the same time stamp.”
    • The last modified times on the DNC emails had different times all rounded to the nearest even number.  See attachment.  For comparison, this file contains the DNC email last modified times (LMT) showing FAT file
    • properties and the Pedesta emails LMT’s that do not show FAT file properties.
    • ” 2nd, of course data can beReplyEric Zuesse    Eric Zuesse

      (continued):

    • “2nd, of course data can be transferred at much high rates than 19mbs, what is he living in the 20th century? We have gigabyte internet now., data can be transferred well over 100 mbs.:”
    • While the ISP standard is Mbps = mega bits per second and MBps = mega bytes per second, I believe Fred is referring to mega bytes per second.  What he says is true but only for shorter distances – not
    • across the Atlantic to Europe let alone Russia.  In our testing, the further east we went; the lower speeds we got.  In other words, assuming there was a hacker, he/she would have to have a high speed line
    • all the way from the target to the hackers location.  The WWW does not support that.   If Fred thinks it does, he needs to illustrate/prove where and how that can be achieved.  So far, no one has done that –
    • not even NSA/CIA/FBI or private security companies.
    • ” 3rd. he presents no evidence directly linking CIA other than to say, who else could have done it. His whole theory is just an opinion, absolute rubbish. No wonder he’s not taken seriously.”
    • Does Fred work for CIA?  Or, is he just an advocate for them?  In either case, I pointed out what evidence we have which is circumstantial and not absolute.  But, in terms used in the ICA of CIA/NSA/FBI,
    • I have “high confidence that CIA did it.”
    • Note: all this data including Guccifer 2.0 files and speed calculations have been provided to lawyers in several currently on-going court cases.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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John Ellis
July 31, 2020

Purpose of earth is to reach the conclusion of Adam and Eve desiring to have equal wealth, power, glory and intelligence as God. It went like this:
“Satan said to Eve: ‘You will never die, as you will have equality with God. For how to use elusions of good to hide evil, this is in the forbidden fruit.’”

And so, to escape this paradise for liars, desire only enough for a comfortable life and give all you can to those who have less, be a pacifist and eat vegetarian food that is 10% fat and not refined by man.

John Ellis
July 31, 2020

Yes__ No__
Until we end hunger, global warming and replace airplanes with mass transit, let all wealth be nationalized, let everyone live on one dollar above poverty and keep the lockdown in full force and effect.

John Ellis
July 31, 2020

Yes__ No__ The 50% working poor, let them protest until their half of the land and wealth has been returned. For do they not have a right to loot and burn what is rightfully theirs?

John Ellis
July 31, 2020

The idea being excepted that the rich who fund 95% of election campaigns, could have their chosen politicians loose election because some foreign government supplied less than .0001% of total donations, this makes it clear beyond all doubt that a gullible and self-absorbed public is the root cause of all corruption in government.

The Triad of Treachery
The Triad of Treachery
August 1, 2020

Means, motive, opportunity. All three there to a tee so yes, I’d say it works for me.

According to a familiar adage, “means, motive, and opportunity” are necessary to prove one’s guilt. By this logic, a crime would not have occurred had the perpetrator not had the tools necessary to commit a crime, the actionable idea to commit the crime, and an unencumbered chance at following through on intention.

The Triad of Treachery
The Triad of Treachery
August 1, 2020

Means, motive, opportunity. All three there to a tee so yes, I’d say it works for me.

According to a familiar adage, “means, motive, and opportunity” are necessary to prove one’s guilt. By this logic, a crime would not have occurred had the perpetrator not had the tools necessary to commit a crime, the actionable idea to commit the crime, and an unencumbered chance at following through on intention.

Proof's in the Puss
Proof's in the Puss
August 1, 2020

Just look at Brennan’s face. Is that a face anyone could possibly trust?

Tjoe
Tjoe
Reply to  Proof's in the Puss
August 2, 2020

Watch the face of GWBush (on YouTube) at the school on 9.11.2001 when they told him the demolitions and war hoax had started. Bush knew the whole thing was about to happen and he let them do it. Watch Bushs face….that is the same face of Judah when he betrayed Jesus…..captured on video. He had no sense of urgency, didn’t take Commander in Chief duty and sat contemplating the evil that he had just bestowed on America, by not stopping the murder and destruction. I guess that is what happens when all of the politicians are sex addicts or ripe… Read more »

John Ellis
August 1, 2020

IF WE HAVE A GOD — HE MUST BE A PACIFIST

For then there would be a harmless heaven, everyone in it would be created with a grateful harmless nature and God would have no need to ever use force. For everyone would have a grateful conviction that they deserve less, giving them compassion and charity toward those who have less and in a grateful happiness would be enjoyed by. And as everyone desires to own only enough for a comfortable life, there is no wealth to fight over.

John Ellis
Reply to  John Ellis
August 1, 2020

As for planet earth, surely the majority are given an ingrate conviction that they deserve to be rich, all so that it be established how global warming is cause by the greed driven rich. As for a burning hell, what purpose would it serve?

For good is life, and good are all the actions we do that protect and sustain life.

For evil is death, and evil are all the harmful thoughts and actions that can only lead to death. And so, soon comes an end to all death, causing all things to turn toward the good.

Hawaii guy
Hawaii guy
August 1, 2020

Why give OMG any time with his atrocious, tenuous grasp of English grammar. He’s obviously not any kind of professional, aside from maybe dunking donuts by the carton full.

Hawaii, a forced annexation
Hawaii, a forced annexation
Reply to  Hawaii guy
August 1, 2020

These days, the route to ‘professionalism’ and low and high office both, at least in America, is to display with pride, a tenuous grasp of English grammar.

Nelson Betancourt
Nelson Betancourt
August 1, 2020

“…if Binney’s case is correct, then recent US history is based upon fraud by the US government itself. This would be a case like America’s invasion of Iraq, but perhaps even worse.” Even worse are these frauds: 9/11, and the bio-weapon corona virus unleashed on the world, striking America like a boomerang. Wall Street is not the only American institution whose business model is fraud. Remember who and what is ultimately running this country…not “We, the people” but the corporations and their financiers. “Only the small secrets need to be protected. The big ones are kept secret by public disbelief.”… Read more »

L P
L P
August 2, 2020

“I guess I achieved the position of Technical Director of the World Geopolitical and Military Analysis and Reporting at NSA by knowing nothing.” That is a distinct possibility. DIA and NSA are both members of the Intel Community, so I do not expect their respective policies regarding personnel management to be ‘that’ different. That said, DIA involuntarily [re]assigns people to jobs they did not apply for, have no qualification for, and often, no interest in becoming qualified. Ad hominem attacks do not add to the discussion, but,neither do protestations of ‘I must know what I’m talking about since I hold… Read more »

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