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:
Fair to condemn the leak. But also fair to ask: Was the admin going to tell us that NSA had proof of Russian hack of voting systems?
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) June 6, 2017
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.