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Hybrid War: Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the "New" Cold War Propaganda (Part 4)

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25. A familiar story. September 2015 FBI warns the DNC that Cozy Bear is cozying up to their computer system. The DNC fails "to mount a full-scale defense."

26. 2016 a "second group of Russian hackers" [remember it has not been factually established that Cozy Bear is a Russian government operation] called Fancy Bear is messing around in DNC leadership's emails -- esp. those of John Podesta. Both Bears have left their cyber foot prints around the globe. These foot prints are unusual as most change their M.O.s once they are spotted so they are harder to recognize.

27. It is revealed that getting into the email at the DNC and stealing it "didn't require an enormous amount of expertise". The "hacking" [it wasn't really hard core hacking which is entering a system to muck it up not just to swipe info] of the DNC was "mediocre"; it wasn't done by sophisticated cyber experts. [This would seem to upset the theory that the well trained cyber warriors of the Russian government were behind the DNC email theft. It is perhaps more likely, as some independent experts have suggested, that it was done by a lone wolf (or bear), unaffiliated with any government, who wanted to expose how the supposedly "neutral" DNC was really working for HRC and trying to see that Sanders didn't get the nomination. But the Democratic Leadership and the Obama Administration has decided to pin it on Putin and on Putin it will remain pinned in popular culture and the mass media; at least for now.]

28. WikiLeaks gets copes of the emails and releases them three days before the Democratic Convention. The fix for Clinton is exposed and the DNC chair, one of the master minds of this anti-democratic authoritarian maneuver [the type of thing Putin is accused of with regard to Russian elections] Debbie Wasserman Schultz is forced to resign. [The FBI is blamed, even though it warned the DNC in advance, by the Democrats for not doing more to prevent the American people from finding out how dishonest the HRC supporters on the DNC were, by investigating and preventing the theft. The revelations soured millions and may have prepared the way for Trump's surprise victory. You can't fool all of the people all of the time. Now it's Trump's turn.]

29. Donna Brazile becomes interim chair of the DNC but still engages in pro-Clinton activity instead of neutrality. She is fired from her CNN position for giving copies of the questions CNN might be asking at an upcoming debate to the HRC campaign. She doesn't understand why all the underhanded activity has caused so much resentment against the DNC.

30. A "torrent of fake news'' about HRC begins to appear on social media. It's being generated in several different countries (the article implies it's all from Russia). It seems to be originating from individuals trying to make money from ads on their Facebook and web sites by generating large numbers of "hits" so their revenue will increase. Despite the evidence pointing to this explanation, no one knows exactly who is doing what except for a few culprits who gave interviews to the press, Obama Administration officials who blame all the fake news reports as due to "the Russians" [there is no proof of this] are quoted in the article in a one-sided way. [This in itself is a characteristic of "fake news."]

31. Some one, or some group, put fake pro-Sanders pages on social media with made up stories about HRC and her campaign. [These were fake news sites created to garner ad revenue due to the many hits they would receive from web surfing] The Sanders campaign said it was being "played" and had nothing to do with the phony sites.

32. More information on the "fake" news phenomena. Automated twitter accounts, known as "bots" and fake news in general ended up producing four times as many pro-Trump as pro-Clinton stories. [This was market driven as Trump generated more hits and ad revenue.] The authors conclude with: "Internet researchers and political operatives believe that a substantial number of these bots were aligned with individuals and organizations supported, and sometimes funded, by the Kremlin." [Such generalized speculation based on what some people believe is worthless as far as any real knowledge of what happened is concerned. It is just a standard propaganda ploy to plant in reader's minds that they learned something,

when they learned nothing, about the Kremlin. It all boils down to "some people believe the Kremlin did X and some people believe the Kremlin didn't do X. Readers learned something about some people's beliefs but learned nothing about what the Kremlin did or didn't do.]

33. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has released 50,000 emails from Podesta's account and has exposed many underhanded and embarrassing activities of the US government. He once hosted a show on Russian TV. [Fat chance that he will get a show on American TV.] He said about HRC she "will push the United States into endless, stupid wars which spread terrorism."[ Bush, Obama, and HRC as Secretary of State seem to have already done that. And Trump is on his way.]

34. As more and more HRC campaign emails were released by WikiLeaks, the "Clinton campaign tried to shift focus from the details in the e-mails to the fact that they had been hacked." [Again, they were not "hacked" in the hard sense; they were not properly secured and were swiped and revealed.] That ploy failed, as people were more interested in what the emails revealed about HRC and her people than in how the information fell into the hands of WikiLeaks.

35. Roger Stone, an erstwhile supporter of Trump, is suspected by some Clinton aides of advising WikiLeaks on the timing of the disclosures. [More speculation, the entire article is basically one big speculation and one wonders what was the point in writing it.] Stone denies it and also denies he has had anything to do with any Russians contrary to any news reports. The FBI never contacted him and he said "If they have evidence of a crime, indict somebody." [No one will be indicted as a result of this article. Stone's statement is reminiscent of Putin's statement that the US, instead making all these accusations about Russia should put up the proof for the world to see or shut up. The US has done neither.]

36. The authors point out that the HRC campaign was committing a lot of "tactical errors without foreign assistance." They also note that Trump was getting more support "than the media recognized" especially from the white-working class [HRC was taking them for granted -- her undoing]. Podesta thinks the emails did a lot of damage. [Actually it was the information in the emails that did the damage. An honest and honorable campaign would have had nothing to worry about].

37. More opining by Podesta who thinks in the end,

re the election result, "it's hard to say if any one thing made the difference." [That includes the last minute FBI announcement about new Clinton emails turning up, the WikiLeaks revelations, the unsubstantiated charges of Russian hacking, the tactical errors of the Clinton campaign, the unpopularity of the candidate, and Trump's surprise appeal in the swing states virtually ignored by HRC. It was HRC's election to lose.]

This is the end of part four. From reading part four of The New Yorker Article you will not have learned anything at all about whether or not the Russian government or Putin had anything to do with the "hacking" of the DNC or if they interfered with our elections. Maybe we will learn something in part five.

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