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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Putin Lashes Out At Obama: “Show Some Proof Or Shut Up”



Washington, D.C. – After the outlandish claims made by U.S. officials, that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally “hacked the US presidential election,” Putin has had enough of the relentless barrage of unproven allegations, and laid down the gauntlet to the U.S. President Obama.

“Either stop talking about it or finally provide some evidence. Otherwise, it looks indecent,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Tokyo on Friday.

Blatantly operating as a propaganda outlet for U.S. intelligence/deep state interests, working in collusion with Democratic party elements, The Washington Post reported this week that anonymous sources claimed, “the CIA concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system.”
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Then, Barack Obama, on Thursday, announced that the United States will “take action” at the “time and place of our choosing” in response to unverified CIA claims of hacking by the Russian government – an allegation which remains unproven and extremely suspect. He noted that a U.S. response “may be explicit and publicized,” and that “some of it may not be.”

The Russian government responded by warning that Obama’s threat to “retaliate” to the alleged cyber attack, without providing any evidence, would be a violation of “both American and international law.” Peskov hinted at of an open-ended escalation if Obama chooses to launch a cyberwar against Russia at today’s scheduled press conference.

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, citing a report by NBC news that alleged U.S. officials believe with a “high level of confidence” Putin was personally involved in a secret campaign to sway the election in Trump’s favor, said he was “dumbstruck” by the allegations.

“I think this is just silly, and the futility of the attempt to convince somebody of this is absolutely obvious,” according to state television outlet Russia 24.

Of course, that is the game that is being played by the U.S. – lots of allegations with little to no disclosure of evidence to back the accusations. While the CIA, in an anonymous leak, attempted to conflate alleged Russian hacking with Trump’s election win, both the FBI, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) have dismissed the CIA’s intelligence community’s assessment, for there being a complete lack of evidence of a specific intent.

Increasingly, it looks as if the entire “Russia did it” conflation is an attempt by deep state/military industrial complex interests to destroy any potential rapprochement between the U.S. and Russia once president-elect Trump takes office.

Additionally, according to an NBC report, the Eurasia Group, a team of political risk consultants, noted on Friday that they believe the Obama administration is likely to engage in actions which will likely create significant barriers for the Trump White House’s anticipated reconciliation with Russia.
“It is unlikely that U.S. intelligence reports will change Trump’s intention to initiate a rapprochement with Moscow, but the congressional response following its own investigations could obstruct the new administration’s effort,” Eurasia Group analysts reported.

On Thursday, Peskov told the AP that the allegations against Putin were ultimately “laughable nonsense,” while Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova noted that “Western media” were acting as a “shill” and “mouthpiece of various power groups.”

Zakharova went on to state “it’s not the general public who’s being manipulated,” as “the general public nowadays can distinguish the truth. It’s the mass media that is manipulating themselves.”
In a humorous move, poking fun at the lack of credibility of the U.S. administration, and suspect nature of the “Russia did it” narrative being driven by western corporate media stooges, WikiLeaks posted on Twitter that “Obama should submit any Putin documents to WikiLeaks to be authenticated to our standards if he wants them to be seen as credible.”

The message to the U.S. administration is clear – Russia doesn’t believe you and neither do the American people. With strong accusations must come clear and concise evidence to match, and thus far none has been provided. Increasingly, it looks like military/intelligence interests are colluding to push their agenda in a covert attempt to preside over, and dictate policy to, the U.S. civilian government.

(ZHE) Putin has had enough of the relentless barrage of US accusations that he, personally, “hacked the US presidential election.”
The Russian president’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on Friday that the US must either stop accusing Russia of meddling in its elections or prove it. Peskov said it was “indecent” of the United States to “groundlessly” accuse Russia of intervention in its elections.
“You need to either stop talking about it, or finally show some kind of proof. Otherwise it just looks very indecent”, Peskov told Reporters in Tokyo where Putin is meeting with Japan PM Abe, responding to the latest accusations that Russia was responsible for hacker attacks.
Peskov also warned that Obama’s threat to “retaliate” to the alleged Russian hack is “against both American and international law”, hinting at open-ended escalation should Obama take the podium today at 2:15pm to officially launch cyberwar against Russia.
Previously, on Thursday, Peskov told the AP the report was “laughable nonsense“, while Russian foreign ministry spox Maria Zakharova accused “Western media” of being a “shill” and a “mouthpiece of various power groups”, and added that “it’s not the general public who’s being manipulated,” Zakharova said. “the general public nowadays can distinguish the truth. It’s the mass media that is manipulating themselves.”
Meanwhile, on Friday Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister told state television network, Russia 24, he was “dumbstruck” by the NBC report which alleges that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in an election hack.
The report cited U.S. intelligence officials that now believe with a “high level of confidence” that Putin became personally involved in a secret campaign to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. “I think this is just silly, and the futility of the attempt to convince somebody of this is absolutely obvious,” Lavrov added, according to the news outlet.
As a reminder, last night Obama vowed retaliatory action against Russia for its meddling in the US presidential election last month.  “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action and we will at a time and place of our own choosing,” Obama told National Public Radio.
US intelligence agencies in October pinned blame on Russia for election-related hacking. At the time, the White House vowed a “proportional response” to the cyberactivity, though declined to preview what that response might entail. Meanwhile, both President-elect Donald Trump, the FBI, and the ODNI have dismissed the CIA’s intelligence community’s assessment, for the the same reason Putin finally lashed out at Obama: there is no proof.
That, however, has never stopped the US from escalating a geopolitical conflict to the point of war, or beyond, so pay close attention to what Obama says this afternoon.
According to an NBC report, a team of analysts at Eurasia Group said in a note on Friday that they believe the outgoing administration is likely to take action which could result in a significant barrier for Trump’s team once he takes office in January.
“It is unlikely that U.S. intelligence reports will change Trump’s intention to initiate a rapprochement with Moscow, but the congressional response following its own investigations could obstruct the new administration’s effort,” Eurasia Group analysts added.
At the same time, Wikileaks offered its “validation” services, tweeting that “Obama should submit any Putin documents to WikiLeaks to be authenticated to our standards if he wants them to be seen as credible.
Obama should submit any Putin documents to WikiLeaks to be authenticated to our standards if he wants them to be seen as credible.
We doubt Obama would take the whistleblower organization on its offer, even if he did have any Putin documents to authenticate.

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