US statement on Russian election hacks



This statement from the US intelligence community was published a full month before the 2016 presidential election after some considerable agonizing at the White House. It begins:

The US Intelligence Community is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow—the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there.

Link here.

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Guccifer 2.0’s address to London cybersecurity conference – “heroes”

Like the Shadow Brokers message to elites – there is an element of worldview contained in Guccifer 2.0’s speech delivered, via a reader, to a group in the UK. The commentary is an implicit message against the invisible empire (a.k.a. the US). More specifically, Guccifer 2.0 reminds us that Julian Assange, Ed Snowden Chelsea Manning are “heroes”.

The quote:

We should start now to prevent electronic apocalypse and rise of the machines in the future. Or else it would be too late. As the financial corporations are ruling the world now so the IT companies will rule it in the near future. What should we do? …We need to shake the situation, to make our voices sound. Yeah, I know if they find me I’m doomed to live like Assange, Snowden, Manning or Lazar. In exile or in prison. But it’s worth it for they are the heroes, heroes of new era.

And of course, it’s widely assumed that Guccifer 2.0 has something to do with Russia.

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