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Джеймс Клеппер
21 октября, 22:34

Латвия, Литва и Эстония вооружились до зубов

Выводы доклада военных аналитиков британской фирмы IHS Markit прозвучали сенсационно - лидерство в гонке вооружений захватили три прибалтийские республики

21 октября, 17:22

Маленькая прибалтийская дубинка

Латвия, Литва и Эстония стали мировыми лидерами по гонке вооружений

21 октября, 12:07

How Podesta became a cybersecurity poster child

Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman joins the roster of senior government officials and political operatives who have failed to take basic protections for their sensitive data.

21 октября, 09:40

Глава Нацразведки США заявляет о наличии доказательств причастности РФ к взлому серверов американских организаций

Спецслужбы США располагают необходимыми доказательствами причастности России к атакам на серверы американских политических организаций, заявил директор Национальной разведки США Джеймс Клеппер.

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20 октября, 23:01

Глава Нацразведки заявил о наличии доказательств причастности РФ к атакам на серверы организаций США

Глава Национальной разведки США Джеймс Клеппер заявил, что американские спецслужбы располагают необходимыми доказательствами причастности России к атакам на серверы американских политических организаций. Об этом передает Интерфакс-Украина. «Если вы видели наше заявление, вы согласитесь с тем, […]

20 октября, 21:01

20.10.2016 21:01 : Спецслужбы США располагают доказательствами причастности России к атакам на серверы политических партий

Об этом заявил директор национальной разведки Соединенных Штатов Джеймс Клеппер. В начале октября Министерство внутренней безопасности США и Нацразведка обвинили Россию в намеренном взломе почтовых серверов с целью вмешаться в избирательный процесс в США.

20 октября, 17:24

Clapper calls Russia hacking a 'new aggressive spin on the political cycle'

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Thursday called Russia’s alleged hacking and interference with the U.S. election a “new aggressive spin on the political cycle.”Clapper and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a statement earlier this month accusing the Russian government of deploying hackers to meddle in this election season, which has seen breaches of the Democratic National Committee and the personal email of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta.“The emails released on sites like WikiLeaks are consistent with methods and motivations of Russian directed efforts,” Clapper said before a security summit on Thursday. “We wouldn’t have made [the statement] unless we were very confident."He added that, “Going after U.S. political organizations is a new aggressive spin on the political cycle. Regardless, the election will happen on Nov 8.”Clapper also expressed confidence in the integrity of the election process, despite the hacks that have targeted Democrats. “It would be very difficult for someone or anyone to actually interfere with ballot counts or election results with a cyber-intrusion because they are not connected to the internet," he said.

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20 октября, 00:43

UPDATE 1-Yahoo, ACLU press U.S. to disclose secret surveillance orders

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc on Wednesday asked U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to declassify a surveillance order the company had received so it can respond to a Reuters report that it set up a special program last year to scan all Yahoo Mail users' incoming messages.

19 октября, 01:49

Ecuador admits restricting internet access for WikiLeaks over election meddling

The government of Ecuador said late Tuesday that it had “temporarily” restricted the internet access of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, citing the group’s decision to release documents “impacting on the U.S. election campaign.”“The Government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states. It does not interfere in external electoral processes, nor does it favor any particular candidate,” the government said in the statement.The admission ends several days of speculation after WikiLeaks proclaimed on Monday that a “state actor” had cut off Assange’s internet over the weekend, shortly after WikiLeaks published the apparent transcripts of speeches that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had given to Goldman Sachs.Ecuador granted Assange diplomatic asylum in 2012, and has allowed the transparency advocate to live in the country’s London embassy ever since.“This temporary restriction does not prevent the WikiLeaks organization from carrying out its journalistic activities,” Ecuador’s statement added.Since Oct. 7, WikiLeaks has been releasing thousands of pages of emails apparently taken from the personal Gmail account of Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. Some of the messages — including the Goldman Sachs speeches and other exchanges with FBI officials — have been fodder for Clinton's GOP rival, Donald Trump, on the campaign trail.After WikiLeaks claimed that Assange's internet had been axed, attention quickly focused on the United States as the possible culprit. But the anti-secrecy group soon pointed the finger at Ecuador, although it did accuse Secretary of State John Kerry of pressuring Ecuador into taking action. The State Department flatly denied that charge Tuesday afternoon. “Any suggestion that Secretary Kerry or the State Department were involved in shutting down WikiLeaks is false,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby. “Reports that Secretary Kerry had conversations with Ecuadorian officials about this are simply untrue. Period.”The Ecuadorian government did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it had discussed its decision to severe Assange’s internet with the U.S. But in its statement, the government stated: “Ecuador’s foreign policy responds to sovereign decisions alone and does not yield to pressure from other states.”The Obama administration is investigating whether WikiLeaks’ ongoing Podesta dumps are part of a broader digital campaign that has already hit U.S. political organizations like the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.Various online outlets — ranging from WikiLeaks to the mysterious hacker persona “Guccifer 2.0” — have been publishing the documents purportedly taken from these groups, roiling the presidential race and sparking concerns about the overall integrity of the electoral system.The Obama administration on Oct. 7 accused senior Russian officials of masterminding the entire cyber assault in an attempt “to interfere with the U.S. election process,” according to a joint statement from Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security, and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.But the Podesta leaks started only moments before U.S. intelligence officials pointed the finger at Moscow for the previous hacks. Investigators have yet to make an official determination that Russia was behind the Podesta email break-in and subsequent WikiLeaks dump, although they are reportedly leaning in that direction.The Clinton campaign has neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of any individual Podesta emails, although it did acknowledge the hack.Ecuador on Tuesday vowed to remain mostly hands-off on the divisive issue, reaffirming the country's decision to grant Assange asylum “based on his legitimate fears of persecution because of his journalistic activities as the editor of WikiLeaks.”

17 октября, 14:42

What to Expect from Yahoo! (YHOO) this Earnings Season?

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) is set to report third-quarter fiscal 2016 results on Oct 18.

16 октября, 09:00

Русские у порога

Именно так ведущие СМИ подают Дональда Трампа, у которого хватило храбрости предположить, что хорошие отношения с обладающей ядерным оружием Россией — неплохая мысль. По стандартам Соединенных Штатов это превратило его в последователя Кремля и помощника Путина в попытке развернуть выборы в США в свою пользу. Трудно найти хоть одного журналиста ведущих СМИ, кто отошёл бы от основной линии подобной пропаганды. С ожидаемой в ноябре победой Клинтон акционерные инвестиции в оборонную промышленность должны оказаться весьма неплохими, и, возможно, очень неплохой мыслью станет к тому же строительство хорошо оборудованного бомбоубежища.

15 октября, 01:41

Stone ‘happy to cooperate’ with FBI on WikiLeaks, Russian hacking probes

Officially, the FBI has refrained from giving any public signals that it’s investigating Trump associates.

14 октября, 18:19

Trump Leaves Intel Chair Stumped In His Own Debate

WASHINGTON ― If there was anyone who should be up to speed on the latest intelligence information, it would be the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). But that’s not how Burr sounded Thursday night in his only reelection campaign debate with Democratic challenger Deborah Ross.  Perhaps it is a new version of the “Donald Trump Effect.” But where school kids and immigrants feel bullied, Republican lawmakers who both condemn and endorse the GOP presidential nominee instead become somewhat addled. Burr started off on solid ground when moderator Jonathan Karl, of ABC News, asked him if, despite Trump’s denials, Burr agreed with the national intelligence community’s official statement that Russia was behind the recent hacks of Democratic officials. “I will stand by what statement [the director of national intelligence] has made,” Burr said. But then he wandered off into confusing territory, talking about Iranian hacking. Karl tried to bring him back on point by quoting the top Democrat on Burr’s committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), who said earlier Thursday that Russia was trying to sway the presidential election for Trump. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Then Burr seemed to no longer understand the joint statement that the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, released, which said “the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from US political organizations.” I also said that the “thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process.” Burr, who is an official adviser to Trump on national security, insisted it was only about hacks of voter registration files. “If you’re talking about the hacks of the Democratic Party, I’m not sure that the director of national intelligence specifically addressed who’s to blame for those,” Burr said. “You don’t think the Russians are behind the DNC hacks?” Karl pressed. “I’m not in a position that I could make a comment on it,” the Intelligence Committee chairman said. Karl then read the official intelligence community statement to Burr, who still declined to accept its veracity. “I’m not sure that the reports that you read are from official sources,” Burr said. He also had confusing responses when his opponent, Ross, mentioned the hacking. “Donald Trump has encouraged people to hack into our email servers,” Ross said, apparently referring to Trump’s recent invitation to Russia to try and find email that Hillary Clinton deleted from her State Department days. “I think I heard Ms. Ross just say that Donald Trump has allowed people to hack into our email system,” Burr said, smiling incredulously. “I’m not sure how that happened.”  And maybe it’s because he’s an official adviser to Trump, but Burr also misspoke in a manner that suggested Trump was already in command. “Jonathan, you know me,” Burr said. “I will help whoever is in leadership to try to bestow what I know and what I have learned as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and I’ve done that for the Trump administration.” Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

14 октября, 04:13

GOP Senator Embraces And Ducks Donald Trump In One Debate

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump loomed over another debate Thursday night, even though he was nowhere near the North Carolina stage where incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Burr faced challenger Deborah Ross, a former Democratic state representative. The first question from ABC News’ Jonathan Karl was actually about low trust in Hillary Clinton, but Ross quickly turned it to Trump, saying the GOP nominee “has demonstrated particularly this week that he is singularly not qualified to be our commander in chief.” Ross mentioned Trump encouraging Russia to hack computers in the United States, as well as the video that emerged last week of Trump saying he likes to sexually assault women. “Sen. Burr has stuck by Donald Trump during all of this and I think that that shows a lack of judgment,” Ross said. “What I want to do is get up every morning and work for the people of North Carolina every day, and you can trust me.” Asked by Karl directly about Trump, Burr executed the same two-step that has become so familiar from embattled Republicans trying to manage the oddly tinted whirlwind at the top of their ticket: Burr condemned Trump and supported him. “I’m the son of a Presbyterian minister,” Burr began. “When someone asks for forgiveness, you grant it. Now, I’m not going to defend Donald Trump ― what he said or his actions. But when I look at our choice, it’s not close for me. I’m going to support my nominee. I’m going to support Donald Trump.” He prompted a tart response from Ross. “Sen. Burr has toed the party line even when Donald Trump has crossed the line,” she said. Indeed, Burr again stood by Trump after being asked about women who have complained about Trump’s lewd behavior, and if Trump’s raunchy description of how he like to touch and kiss women without consent was assault. “If in fact he did it, that would be sexual assault,” Burr said, but added, “I take him at his word. He said he didn’t do it.” Ross was not impressed. “He has bragged about sexually assaulting women. I completely understand forgiveness,” she said. “You can forgive somebody, but you do not trust that same person with the awesome responsibility of commander in chief.” Burr, who is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also had to oddly duck another Trump claim that was right in his bailiwick. Karl asked the senator if he stood by the assessment of the United States intelligence community that Russia was trying to interfere in the U.S. elections by hacking Democrats, or whether he stood with Trump, who has questioned whether Russia is to blame. Burr at first said he stood by an unrelated statement from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that Russia had infiltrated voting systems. But he declined to offer an opinion on the hacking that’s revealed internal Democratic emails, and suggested that the intelligence community had not released the formal assessment. Karl quoted from the assessment, but the chairman was still confused, and cited his position as a reason not to answer. “Jonathan, I am not at a point where I can comment on that,” Burr said. “I’m not sure that the reports that you read are from official sources. And given that I can’t remember whether this administration has released anything about that, then I’m bound ― and protected ― under classified information.” Burr also repeated charges that Ross, the former head of the state’s ACLU office, had opposed the state sex offender registry. Ross answered that she voted 18 times for sex offender bills. The race is a near dead heat, with Burr holding a narrow edge in HuffPost Pollster averages. Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

13 октября, 06:58

Clinton campaign accuses Trump of 'possible ties to foreign espionage'

Hillary Clinton’s campaign escalated its response Wednesday to WikiLeaks’ ongoing publication of hacked emails from John Podesta, demanding that Donald Trump’s campaign “answer for its possible ties to foreign espionage” and describing the theft as a “modern-day Watergate.” "It is also now clear that the illegal hack of John Podesta's email is the work of the Russian government, according to the FBI,” campaign spokesman Glen Caplin said in a statement issued after Roger Stone, a longtime Trump confidant, told NBC News that he was in touch with WikiLeaks through a “mutual friend” of founder Julian Assange."It is disturbing that Roger Stone, a longtime Donald Trump confidante, has confirmed the fact that has ‘back-channel communications’ with Wikileaks, an organization that is working with the Russian government to affect the American presidential election,” Caplin said. Stone, an informal adviser who is speaks with Trump regularly but is not formal member of his campaign, told NBC it was “categorically false” that he was colluding with WikiLeaks."I have a back-channel communications with WikiLeaks," Stone said. "But they certainly don't clear or tell me in advance what they're going to do."Stone also told a CBS affiliate in Miami that he had never met or spoken with Assange.On Tuesday, Podesta directed reporters to an Aug. 21 tweet by Stone that he said showed “advance warning” of the hack. “Trust me, it will soon the Podesta's time in the barrel,” Stone tweeted.“Stone pointed his finger at me, and said that I could expect some treatment that would expose me,” Podesta said. “So I think it’s a reasonable assumption to — or at least a reasonable conclusion — that Mr. Stone had advance warning and the Trump campaign had advance warning about what Assange was going to do … I think there’s at least a reasonable belief that Mr. Assange may have passed this information onto Mr. Stone.”In a separate statement on Wednesday, Podesta noted a Wall Street Journal report saying that the FBI suspects that Russian intelligence agencies were behind the breach of his email account.“It is now clear that the illegal hack of my personal account was -- just like the other recent, election-related hacks -- the work of the Russian government,” Podesta said. “This level of meddling by a foreign power can only be aimed at boosting Donald Trump and should send chills down the spine of all Americans, regardless of political party.”Podesta, without mentioning Stone by name, said he expected that “federal investigators will follow the evidence in this case wherever it leads -- from Moscow to, potentially, back here in the United States.”Other Clinton aides have sought to shame reporters for delving into the Podesta trove, while trying to shift the focus back to Trump’s possible role in the affair.“The cyberattack on our campaign and the DNC is a modern-day Watergate. What did Donald Trump know and when did he know it?” Clinton Press Secretary Brian Fallon tweeted on Wednesday, referring to the earlier hack of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails.The Clinton campaign has repeatedly accused Trump of cozying up to Moscow, noting his praise of Putin and his calls to “get along” better with Russia -- and Trump has done little to dispel that impression. During Sunday’s second presidential debate, though he denied having ties to Russia, he disputed the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that the Kremlin was behind the recent cyber intrusions, and even -- despite all evidence to the contrary -- suggested no hacking had even occurred.“Maybe there is no hacking,” Trump said. “But they always blame Russia. And the reason they blame Russia because they think they’re trying to tarnish me with Russia. I know nothing about Russia. I know — I know about Russia, but I know nothing about the inner workings of Russia. I don’t deal there. I have no businesses there. I have no loans from Russia.”At a rally on Monday, Trump said “I love WikiLeaks” and lacerated the press for not covering Podesta’s emails more aggressively. “Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!” he tweeted on Wednesday.Russian officials have denied meddling in the U.S. election, but President Vladimir Putin didn’t exactly deny responsibility for the recent hacks in remarks at an investor forum in Moscow on Wednesday."Hysterics have been whipped up to distract the attention of the American people from the essence of what the hackers released,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “For some reason nobody talks about this. They talk about who did it. Is it really that important?"“We did not deny this,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said of the hacking allegations in an interview with CNN on Wednesday. But, he aded, “They did not prove it.”The Obama administration has broadly accused Russia of meddling in the U.S. election, but hasn’t directly accused Russia of hacking Podesta’s emails. At Wednesday’s news briefing, White House Press Secretary Joshua Earnest suggested that it was a safe bet.“The thing that I can tell you about the intelligence community analysis is that at least some of the disclosures in recent months, including documents that were released by Guccifer 2.0, DC Leaks and WikiLeaks, are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts,” Earnest said, referring to a statement released by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Friday, hours before WikiLeaks published the first tranche of Podesta’s emails. “And that’s a source of some concern because the intelligence community has concluded with high confidence that they’re doing so to try to destabilize our democracy.”As for the Podesta hack, “I can’t give you a firm intelligence community analysis because the leak of those emails was first reported shortly after this analysis was made public,” he continued. “But, in general, the kinds of disclosures that we’ve seen, including at WikiLeaks, of stolen emails from people who play an important role in our political process, is consistent with Russian-directed efforts.”The Obama administration is considering retaliation against Russia, Earnest said on Tuesday,but did not specify how or when."The president has talked before about the significant capabilities that the U.S. government has to both defend our systems in the United States but also carry out offensive operations in other countries,” Earnest said. "So there are a range of responses that are available to the president and he will consider a response that is proportional."Stone, for his part, is denying any ties to Russia. "My sole connection to Russia was a love for Stolichnaya vodka straight up with a couple olives,” he told NBC News in Wednesday’s interview."The entire narrative that Trump supporters, of which I am one, are in bed with the Russians — this is the new McCarthyism," Stone added. "There's nothing to it."

12 октября, 20:18

FBI (re)issues statement on Podesta hack

The FBI is reacting to the hacking of Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta's emails by re-issuing a broadly-worded statement about cyber threats to those active in American politics."The FBI is aware of media reporting on cyber intrusions involving multiple political entities, and is working to determine the accuracy, nature and scope of these matters," an FBI spokesperson said. "The cyber threat environment continues to evolve as cyber actors target all sectors and their data. The FBI takes seriously any allegations of intrusions, and we will continue to hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace."The FBI statement came after Podesta told reporters that he talked with the FBI Sunday, which told him an investigation is underway. Messages hacked from Podesta's Gmail account began appearing on the WikiLeaks website Friday, with more emails dumped out this week."I was in touch with the FBI on Sunday. They confirmed that they are investigating the criminal hack of my email, and we are of course, fully cooperating in that investigation," Podesta told reporters on Clinton's campaign plane Tuesday night. "We also learned today from law enforcement authorities that that investigation is part of the ongoing investigation of hacking into democratic organizations by Russian intelligence."The statement issued by the FBI is identical to one the law enforcement agency issued on July 29 in response to reports of hacking into systems run by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.A few days before that the FBI specifically acknowledged it was probing hacks of Democratic National Committee emails and files that led to turmoil during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.However, as the reports of hacking spread across the Democratic establishment, FBI officials decided not to publicly confirm or deny each new hacking victim.Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday that they are confident that senior-level Russian officials were involved in the hacks. Spokespeople for the Russian government have denied any role.

12 октября, 15:11

Putin: Russia isn't meddling in U.S. elections

Russia’s foreign minister flat out denied accusations that it hacked American computer systems, telling CNN that the allegation is “ridiculous.”“It's flattering, of course, to get this kind of attention — for a regional power, as President Obama called us some time ago,” Sergei Lavrov told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in Moscow in an interview that posted in part on Wednesday. “We have not seen a single fact, a single proof."The U.S. on Friday formally accused Russia of hacking into American computers and meddling with the 2016 U.S. elections. The cyberattacks have included hacks into the Democratic National Committee, former secretary of state Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta’s Gmail account, whose emails were made public after WikiLeaks released them. Democrats claim that the string of hacks has benefited GOP nominee Donald Trump, and Podesta on Tuesday claimed that Trump ally Roger Stone was given advance notice of the hacks by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.The White House this week said it will retaliate against Russia with a “proportional” response. Lavrov, however, fought back against the accusation and seemingly dared the U.S. to strike back. "If they decided to do something, let them do it. But to say that Russia is interfering in the United States’ domestic matters, is ridiculous,” he said.

11 октября, 22:16

White House says U.S. will retaliate against Russia for hacking

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest promised on Tuesday that the U.S. would deliver a “proportional” response to Russia’s alleged hacking of American computer systems.In addition to pledging that the U.S. “will ensure that our response is proportional,” Earnest told reporters flying on Air Force One that “it is unlikely that our response would be announced in advance.” "The president has talked before about the significant capabilities that the U.S. government has to both defend our systems in the United States but also carry out offensive operations in other countries,” he said as the press corps traveled with the president to a Hillary Clinton campaign event in North Carolina. "So there are a range of responses that are available to the president and he will consider a response that is proportional."After months of speculation to that end, President Barack Obama’s administration officially pointed the finger last week at Russia, blaming it for cyberattacks against political targets in the U.S. Most notably, cyberattacks earlier this summer exposed the inner workings of the Democratic National Committee by making public emails from former Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other top officials.The disclosure of internal emails detailing the preference among the DNC chair and her allies for Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary prompted the Florida congresswoman to resign just days before her party’s nominating convention in Philadelphia. Other hacks have leaked the personal emails of former secretary of state Colin Powell and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta."These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process," said Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security, and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, in a statement last week. "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." A spokesman for the Russian embassy in Washington unequivocally denied the allegations."This is another piece of nonsense! Putin's website is attacked by tens of thousands of hackers daily. Many attacks are traced to the US territory," spokesman Yury Melnik said in a statement last week. "But we don't go blaming them on the White House or Langley every time.”

11 октября, 01:24

Republicans say Trump wrong to deny Russia's role in hacks

‘It certainly was the worst-kept secret,” one Republican says of Moscow’s involvement.

09 октября, 00:13

Clinton raved about Trans-Pacific Partnership before she rejected it

Turns out Hillary Clinton isn’t so down on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after all. Leaked excerpts of speeches Clinton gave after resigning as secretary of state give strength to criticisms that her opposition to the TPP is little more than a campaign pose. The speeches show how highly she thought of the Asia-Pacific pact at the time and even reveal her hopes of tearing down trade barriers throughout the Western Hemisphere. “We decided, and I led the way on this, that we were going to be a major presence” in Asia given that 40 percent of U.S. and world trade goes through the South China Sea, Clinton told New York business leaders in November 2013. The remarks, in which Clinton also said "we are in a competition for the future and we need more partners and fewer adversaries,” seem to take credit for the Obama administration’s “rebalance” toward Asia, of which TPP is the economic centerpiece. The revelations contained in the excerpts put Clinton in a vulnerable position just before the second presidential debate and could jeopardize support in battleground states like Pennsylvania and Ohio. Her Republican rival Donald Trump has repeatedly raised questions about the sincerity of Clinton’s opposition to the TPP and has challenged her to disavow the pact. A spokesman for the Clinton campaign wouldn't comment on the leak except to blame Russia for hacking election-related emails, noting that information in previously hacked Democratic emails had been altered before release. On Friday, "the U.S. government removed any reasonable doubt that the Kremlin has weaponized WikiLeaks to meddle in our election and benefit Donald Trump’s candidacy," campaign spokesman Glen Caplin said, referring to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and National Intelligence Director James Clapper's assertion that Moscow had deployed hackers to influence the U.S. election. "We are not going to confirm the authenticity of stolen documents released by [Wikileaks founder and editor-in-chief] Julian Assange, who has made no secret of his desire to damage Hillary Clinton."Clinton came out against the TPP agreement one year ago Friday, two days after the Obama administration clinched the deal with 11 other Pacific Rim countries following a marathon round of negotiations in Atlanta. Although Clinton had traveled the world in support of TPP as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, she told the “PBS Newshour” that the final agreement didn’t meet the “high bar” she set for the pact. Clinton has since said repeatedly that she won't support trade agreements that don't produce jobs, raise wages or protect national security, but she has also emphasized the necessity of engaging in trade with other countries."Well, I think that trade is an important issue," Clinton said during the first presidential debate last month in response to Trump's call for renegotiating U.S. trade agreements. "Of course, we are 5 percent of the world's population; we have to trade with the other 95 percent. And we need to have smart, fair trade deals." The excerpts released by WikiLeaks on Friday, which the group says came from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's email account, don’t change that narrative. But they do show how confident Clinton was in the outcome of the deal. Back in May 2013, for example, Clinton said “it was a good sign” that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agree to join the trade talks.“That is something that we tried to get prior prime ministers to commit to, and they were under pressure from the car industry and from the rice farmers and others, but he did say Japan wants to be part of the TPP,” Clinton said in a speech at a New York-based asset management firm. “If they follow through on that, that will be a good sign.”Longtime trade watchers said they didn’t see major surprises in the excerpts. “In my opinion, there is no smoking gun, no ‘gotcha’ snippets, in these comments,” said Dan Ikenson, director of the trade policy center at the Cato Institute, a free market think tank. In her race this year for the White House, Clinton “hasn’t disavowed trade or trade agreements altogether, but has expressed her opposition to ‘this’ TPP, which is perfectly in the tradition of Clintonian dissembling,” Ikenson said. “Opposing ‘this’ TPP also provides Clinton with enormous latitude to flip-flop again.” Jeffrey Schott, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, agreed that nothing in the excerpts “seems inconsistent with her positions on trade today.”“As I understand her position, she is against TPP in its current form but is open to moving forward with TPP if it is restructured in some way,” Schott added. “The No. 1 issue that is cited as part of the fix for TPP is provisions that prohibit currency manipulation.” Not surprisingly, the Trump campaign casts Clinton’s comments in a more sinister light, suggesting it showed she was the mastermind behind the TPP. “What rattles around in the globalist brain of Hillary Clinton as she flits from special interest group to special interest with her money-grubbing hands out should scare every American worker worried about losing his or her job to off shoring,” said Peter Navarro, an economics professor at the University of California-Irvine. “Everywhere we look we see more evidence of her puppet mastery behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If only she would tell the voters the same thing she tells her large corporate donors, there would be truth in political advertising — and Donald Trump in the White House.”In that regard, foes of the agreement might be unsettled by Clinton’s praising the TPP as a force for good in the fast-growing region, as she did in January 2015 when she told a Canadian banking group that the United States and Canada were “working together with a group of open market democracies along the Pacific Rim – Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile – to expand responsible trade and economic cooperation.” Throughout the campaign, Trump has tried to tar her with responsibility for the North American Free Trade Agreement, the 22-year-old pact that was negotiated by the administration of Republican President George Bush and then pushed through Congress by her husband, Bill Clinton, when he was president.As far back as her run for president in 2008, Clinton has said she wanted to renegotiate NAFTA to get better terms for the United States. But in a speech at a Brazilian bank conference in 2013, she laid out a vision for trade throughout the Americas. “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, sometime in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere,” Clinton said.That optimistic view is in line with her voting record in the Senate, where she supported free trade deals with Singapore, Chile, Australia, Morocco and Oman. But in 2005, when the 2008 presidential race was on the horizon, she sided with labor groups and most other Democrats and voted against a free trade deal with five countries in Central America and the Dominican Republic on the grounds it did not do enough to protect workers and the environment. Clinton also skipped a vote on a free trade deal with Peru as the 2008 campaign was heating up and opposed trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea while running for president. Later, the Obama administration negotiated changes to those three trade deals to make them more acceptable to Democrats, and she lobbied Congress to pass the pacts -- setting the precedent for Clinton to take the same approach to the TPP pact. Meanwhile, Dan DiMicco, a former head of the Nucor steel company who is advising the Trump campaign, pounced on a speech Clinton gave to a scrap metal recycling group in November 2014 as evidence of how “little she understands about trade issues.” Clinton expressed delight in that speech “to learn that scrap products are a key export for the United States. By helping meet the demands for raw materials from emerging economies in Asia and elsewhere, you're improving our trade balance and fueling our economic recovery. We're talking about $20 to $30 billion in exports every year,” she said. But since scrap is the basic raw material for 70 percent of U.S. steel production, DiMicco charged that “exporting our scrap to China drives up scrap prices for U.S. producers, even as China’s state-owned and state-subsidized companies blatantly and illegally dump the steel they make with U.S. scrap onto the American market.”“So America’s steel industry gets hammered at both ends with runaway pricing on their raw materials and then predatory-priced steel squeezing the life out of the U.S. Steel Industry. Hillary is absolutely clueless about any of this, which is why rank-and-file steelworkers are defecting to Trump in droves,” DiMicco said.However, earlier this week, the United Steelworkers union held a press conference to highlight a Newsweek report that said Trump might have circumvented U.S. trade laws to import Chinese steel. "We're going to handbill every one of our plants in America, whether they're in Arizona or the Mahoning Valley in Ohio," USW President Leo Gerard said. "We want the entire country to know this guy is nothing but a fraud."Other speech excerpts released by WikiLeaks are less likely to draw fire from the right or left, including her insistence in remarks aimed at China that, “I'm all for free trade, but I'm also all for a reciprocity and a lot of times that is not coming back at us.” Clinton also talks generally about the need to boost trade, resist protectionism and make sure other countries follow the rules. In reference to talks on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union, she predicted in 2013 that negotiations would “come down, as it often does, to agriculture, particularly French agriculture, and we’ll just have to see how much we can get done by that process.” She also expressed a certain wariness of how serious the EU was about the talks. “I would like to see us go as far as we possibly can with a real agreement, not a phony agreement," Clinton said. "You know, the EU signs agreements all the time with nearly everybody, but they don’t change anything. They just kind of sign them and see what comes of it.”

01 октября 2014, 00:30

«Исламское государство» — проект американского происхождения

Подняв флаг борьбы с «Исламским государством» (ИГ), США наносят теперь авиаудары по позициям ИГ не только в Ираке, но и в Сирии. Делается это без согласия правительства Сирии и без принятия соответствующего решения Советом Безопасности ООН. Начинают оправдываться опасения Москвы и Тегерана на тот счёт, что целью ракетно-бомбовых ударов является окончательное уничтожение сирийской инфраструктуры. По заявлению представителя Пентагона Джона Кирби, США нанесли авиаудары по 12 нефтеперерабатывающим заводам в Сирии. Якобы их контролировали боевики-экстремисты. Таких атак по позициям ИГ, говорит Джон Кирби, «будет больше». Здесь следует напомнить, что мятеж в Сирии, продолжающийся четвёртый год, стал разрастаться практически синхронно с подписанием 25 июня 2011 г. в Бушере меморандума о строительстве нового газопровода Иран – Ирак – Сирия. Борьбу американцев с правительством Башара Асада справедливо называют войной за нефть и газ. Дамаск попал в число врагов Америки в 2009 году, когда Асад отказался принять американский план строительства газопровода из Катара в Европу. Вместо этого Сирия предпочла сделку с Ираном, дав согласие на участие в строительстве газопровода через Ирак к своим портам на Средиземном море. Именно тогда всемирную известность приобрели слова бывшего госсекретаря США Генри Киссинджера: «Нефть слишком важна, чтобы оставлять ее арабам». Создание халифата на обширной территории Ирака и Сирии ведет к потере Соединенными Штатами (ExxonMobil Corporation) и Великобританией (BP и Royal Dutch Shell) позиций в нефтегазовом секторе Ирака и возможности доступа (после приближаемой американцами смены режима в Дамаске) к сирийским запасам углеводородов. Пока террористы ИГ воевали с сирийскими правительственными войсками, они американцев устраивали, но как только они вторглись в Ирак и объявили о создании собственного государства, Америка объявила им войну. Никаких двойных стандартов у США здесь нет. Налицо неизменное стремление американской элиты к мировому господству, и война с «Исламским государством» – всего лишь локальная операция. В позиции США много нестыковок и противоречий, а объясняются они тем, что Вашингтону всё труднее диктовать свои условия остальному миру. Нет сомнения в том, что Сирия остается для США главной мишенью на Ближнем Востоке, в том числе с точки зрения реализации планов по ослаблению России. «Исламское государство» — это проект американского происхождения, его цель — создание мощной дестабилизирующей волны, которая распространится вглубь Евразии. На первом этапе, переключая внимание международного сообщества на борьбу с ИГ, американцы подготавливают под шумок свержение президента Башара Асада. Именно так оценивают односторонние действия Вашингтона против «Исламского государства» многие страны мира. Поэтому не получилось у Обамы и формирование «широкой» коалиции. Американцам удалось добиться возмещения своих расходов монархиями Персидского залива (Бахрейн, Катар, Саудовская Аравия и ОАЭ), удалось склонить Иорданию предоставить свою инфраструктуру, привлечь к нанесению авиаударов некоторых союзников по НАТО - Великобританию, Францию, Бельгию и Данию. По данным Госдепартамента, 54 страны и три международные организации - ЕС, НАТО и Лига арабских государств – тоже обещали внести в эту кампанию свой вклад. Однако анонсированное Джоном Керри «всемирное» участие в коалиции не состоялось. Доверие к Америке осталось лишь у немногих. Мир еще не забыл, как в 2003 году США вторглись в Ирак без санкции ООН. Вашингтон тогда заявлял, что Ирак ведёт разработки оружия массового поражения и разоружить его нужно силой. Голосование в СБ ООН по этому вопросу так и не состоялось, поскольку Россия, Китай и Франция дали понять, что наложат вето на любой проект резолюции, подразумевающий применение военной силы против Ирака. Тогда, как и сейчас, США вызывающе пренебрегли международным общественным мнением, агрессия против Ирака началась, страна была разрушена, и последствия этого мы наблюдаем по сей день. Сегодня история повторяется. Джеймс Клеппер, глава Национальной разведки США, во время своего ежегодного выступления перед сенатской комиссией по разведке (29 января 2014) отчитался в угрозах, нависших над Америкой. Коснулся он и Сирии, сообщив ничему не соответствующие данные о составе «повстанцев». Его главный тезис состоял в том, что на 80% это «умеренные» противники режима, которые вполне могут принимать финансовую помощь США, за предоставление которой американский сенат в свое время тайно проголосовал. Теперь эти «умеренные» в одночасье превратились в непримиримых террористов, и против одной из их организаций американцы начали войну. Заметим: не против террористов вообще, а лишь против «Исламского государства». Интересно, а что думают руководители американской разведки об «умеренности» группировки «Джебхат ан-Нусра», этого сирийского отделения «Аль-Каиды»? В ответ на авиаудары по территории Сирии лидеры «Джебхат ан-Нусра» уже заявили о готовности противостоять Америке совместно с ИГ. Своими действиями американцы консолидируют терроризм. В эфире телеканала CBS Обама заявил, что в свое время американским военным удалось нанести поражение «Аль-Каиде» в Ираке, после чего организация «ушла в подполье», но «за последние два года, воспользовавшись хаосом во время гражданской войны в Сирии, боевики смогли восстановить свои силы». О том, что хаос и гражданская война в Сирии - прямое следствие действий США на Ближнем Востоке, американский президент не сказал. Председатель Объединенного комитета начальников штабов США генерал Мартин Демпси считает, что для успешной борьбы с группировкой «Исламское государство» в Ираке и Сирии необходимо провести наземную операцию. По мнению Демпси, нужно принять политическое решение и ввести войска в эти страны. Если это произойдёт, дестабилизирующая волна начнёт распространяться за пределы Сирии и Ирака, ряды террористов пополнятся новыми непримиримыми бойцами, а перед военно-промышленным комплексом США откроются захватывающие дух перспективы.