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NYT pushes Power Grid Cyberwar between US & Russia, as Trump & Putin prepare for G20 (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss a New York Times story that claims the U.S. has deployed “American computer code” into Russian systems operating the nation’s power grid.

Citing anonymous “current and former officials” with knowledge of the situation, the New York Times reported on Saturday that the Pentagon’s U.S. Cyber Command has moved to act on new authorities and independence granted by the White House and Congress to “deploy cybertools more aggressively” against Russia’s power grid.

The government has remained publicly quiet on what specific actions have been taken, but national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday that the U.S. was taking a more aggressive offensive stance in cyberspace “to say to Russia, or anybody else that’s engaged in cyberoperations against us, ‘You will pay a price.’”

The New York Times further claims that the cyber ops against Russian power grids has remained hidden from US President Trump, who has “not been briefed in any detail about the US computer code being implanted inside the Russian grid.”

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Via Zerohedge

President Trump has hurled the dire charge of “Treason” at the New York Times for its lengthy investigative piece alleging US intelligence has stepped up systematic cyber attacks on Russia’s power grid. “This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country…” Trump tweeted Saturday evening in response to the story which ran hours earlier.

He then hastily added in a follow-up tweet in all caps, “ALSO, NOT TRUE!” — as if only then realizing his initial tweet seemed to actually vouch for the story. The follow-up further excoriated the Times for their reporting with“not even the slightest thought of consequence!”

Whether this means the president is outraged that a true and verified report could be detrimental to US credibility and national security, or that fake news could hurt the US and invite unnecessary cyber retaliation is still not fully evident, but Trump’s impulsive Saturday evening tweets appear to back the former.

And the Times was quick to respond to the “treason” charge as follows:

The NYT report outlines an alleged ongoing US operation to infiltrate and implant malware in Russia’s power grid as preparation for any potential major cyber warfare operation in the future, and further as “a warning” to the Kremlin. However, the story is light on details and heavy on the usual anonymous “current and former officials”.

According to the Times, “officials described the previously unreported deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s grid and other targets.” The officials described that “it has gotten far, far more aggressive over the past year,” and that they are “doing things at a scale that we never contemplated a few years ago.” Though US operations hadn’t reached the level of specific attacks, the malware constitutes what’s described as a “persistent presence” within Russia’s infrastructure.

The report casts the latest ramped up cyber efforts targeting Russia as part of a broader campaign to clandestinely probe the country’s electrical grid going back to 2012 — efforts which grew following alleged Russian hacking and election meddling connected with the 2016 election.

Crucially, as CNN describes of the NYT report, “Two administration officials told the Times they believed President Donald Trump had not been briefed in any detail about the US computer code being implanted inside the Russian grid.”

And further, the story is outright suggesting the White House’s own intelligence briefers are actually withholding vital national security information from the president:

Pentagon and intelligence officials describe to the Times “broad hesitation” to tell Trump about the details of the operations against Russia. They tell the Times there was concern over how Trump would react, and the possibility that Trump might reverse the operations or discuss it with foreign officials.

So there it is – assuming the report has merit – essentially a major “clandestine military activity” is being run by US defense and intelligence commanders but while intentionally circumventing the White House’s lawful civilian oversight?

Indeed, perhaps Trump is right to have word “treason” as his first thought — though it wouldn’t be on the part of the Times reporting but on the part of those seeking to hide the operation from the president himself.


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Valli S
Valli S
June 18, 2019

I surmise we are back to blaming Russia. The Corporation of the United States of America is about to do grid blackouts, targeting the US. And Russia is already in the story-line to take the blame. Because of their simultaneously supporting Iran, this blackout will be part of the scenario to start the war they want so desperately. We will be ‘mad as hell and won’t take it anymore’. Thanks for the reporting.

Reply to  Valli S
June 18, 2019

Attack one’s own grid and leave little slavic footprints, you say? Quite so. In America, anything’s possible.

Reply to  MAGA
June 19, 2019

Don’t forget a few passports lying around . LOL

June 18, 2019

Well, I think one has to suspect that the NYT has been compromised and now working for the Kremlin. Kaspersky honed its teeth on outing the Stuxnet code, now I’m sure it will make short shrift of whatever presents the US has seen fit to bestow upon the RF, if it hasn’t already. They’re messing with the big boys now. Intriguing though why the NYT would write such an article, true or not. Their bag of Dump Trump tricks must be getting barren and they felt compelled to resort to the B ratings bag of ‘Trump’s such a disaster that… Read more »

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