It is impossible to believe intelligence agency attributions of where hacking attacks originate because Wikileaks revealed over three years ago that the CIA has programs which will mimic other nations’ hacking capabilities. Nevertheless, “Russia, Russia, Russia” remains the go-to villain for hacking and most every other form of covert skulduggery. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
update: Contradicting Pompeo’s earlier Friday statement during a conservative talk radio interview wherein the Secretary of State alleged Russia was “pretty clearly” behind the cyberattack of multiple US federal agencies, Trump lambasted the prematurely emerging narrative in a Saturday morning tweet.
“Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens” he said, while calling the cyber hack “far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality” after being thoroughly briefed by US intelligence officials on the matter.
We noted earlier that this increasingly looks more like a last-ditch effort to revive the previously failed Russiagate narrative.
Trump continued in a follow-up tweet to slam mainstream media’s attempt to flip the script away from China.
Though Pompeo had earlier pointed the finger at Russia in what was the first high level administration explicit blaming of the Kremlin, it will be interesting to see if that’s walked back when the State Department formally weighs in on the alleged major cyberattack.