One Phish, Two Phish (Updated)

Trump vs. Trump?

Glen Greenwald does it again! As much as I personally dislike him (and he’s blocked me for years, so it must be mutual), he gets more of the big scoops than just about anyone. And this one is YUGE!

Anyway, Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing the morning Axios email thingie tells us:

Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election,” by The Intercept’s Matthew Cole, Richard Esposito, Sam Biddle, Ryan Grim:

  • “The report indicates that Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood. It states unequivocally in its summary statement that it was Russian military intelligence, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, that conducted the cyber attacks described in the document.”
  • From the doc: “Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate actors … executed cyber espionage operations against a named U.S. company in August 2016, evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions. … The actors likely used data obtained from that operation to … launch a voter registration-themed spear-phishing campaign targeting U.S. local government organizations.”
  • Why it matters: “This NSA summary judgment is sharply at odds with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial last week that Russia had interfered in foreign elections.”

Leak suspect already arrested … “Contractor charged in NSA document leak case,” by WashPost’s Devlin Barrett: “A 25-year-old government contractor has been charged with mishandling classified information after authorities say she gave a top-secret National Security Agency document to a news ­organization.”

  • “Reality Leigh Winner was accused of gathering, transmitting or losing defense information — the first criminal charge filed in a leak investigation during the Trump administration.
  • “Winner was arrested Saturday and the case was revealed Monday, shortly after the website the Intercept posted … A person familiar with the case said the charges stem from the document given to the ­Intercept.”

From the NYTimes:

“Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept. The top-secret National Security Agency document, which was provided anonymously to The Intercept and independently authenticated, analyzes intelligence very recently acquired by the agency about a months-long Russian intelligence cyber effort against elements of the U.S. election and voting infrastructure.

“The report, dated May 5, 2017, is the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light. While the document provides a rare window into the NSA’s understanding of the mechanics of Russian hacking, it does not show the underlying ‘raw’ intelligence on which the analysis is based. A U.S. intelligence officer who declined to be identified cautioned against drawing too big a conclusion from the document because a single analysis is not necessarily definitive.”

And let’s conclude with a pretty good Tweet:

It’s really weird how all of Glenzilla’s meal tickets sources always end up arrested, or fleeing the country to the warm embrace of Mother Russia. Greenwald must be furious that this one ended so quickly. Daddy needs new shoes.

UPDATE 1: Wonkette says the same thing, but as always, funnier.

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11 Responses to One Phish, Two Phish (Updated)

  1. weejee says:

    Can you say printer steganography? Yellow dots – there everywhere.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. roket says:

    Sadly, I’m not shocked.


  3. Osirisopto says:

    Q1 did Trump or his campaign or anyone connected with same work with the Russians to achieve any of their goals?

    Q2 did Trump et al know of the Russians efforts to achieve their goals?

    Q3 did Trump real do anything to stop the Russians from achieving their goals?

    Reality bites.

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  4. Jim H. says:

    Am I reading this right? The Intercept and Glen Greenwald have been accusing Hillary & the DNC of being sore losers and falsely accusing Russia of hacking the election because sour grapes. So, when they get a legit scoop from direct NSA source of evidence of GRU hacking electoral systems, they immediately proceed to burn their source. Ouch. Credibility ruined. Security of leakers no longer guaranteed if they contradict their editorial bias/stance. Wow.

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  5. Ten Bears says:

    Reality Leigh Winner. You’re fokin’ with my head, aeh? Somebody named a kid Reality Leigh Winner. Seriously, somebody named a kid Reality Leigh Winner. If I start laughing I will hurt myself.


  6. sheesh. I remember when I kind of liked Spleenwald.


  7. i am sorry to hear of the arrest of the presumed source of the info but maybe she is prepared to be a prisoner of conscience

    over at

    it is being said that the release of this info is tremendously damaging because it shows the russkis that we can read their stuff and they will put a lot of effort into fixing that

    the host there is a retired colonel, a former intelligence guy, so he has some credibility

    unfortunately, he is, over the last few years since i have been reading there, becoming more irascible, and today he writes about the presumed source

    ” She IS a useful idiot. the country is now filled with over-educated and propagandized people, unfortunately mostly women who are incapable of rational thought.”

    he may or may not mean that women in general have a particular incapacity for rational thought but the sentence as phrased does leave itself open to that interpretation


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