For almost the last year, avowedly liberal news networks have relentlessly promoted a narrative claiming Russians hacked the 2016 presidential election and helped Trump win over Hillary Clinton.
While there was no evidence of a hack by the Russian government, leftist media continues to release their fake news stories claiming the contrary.
But now, one liberal news magazine may have finally put the last nail in the coffin of the “Russian hack” narrative.
Liberal news magazine The Nation just released a story summarizing what right-wing news groups have been saying for the last year: there was no hacking by Russian government operatives.
Author Patrick Lawrence assembled the findings of months of investigations by former government officials and forensic computer experts to conclude exactly that.
Breitbart News reported:
The Nation, a leading publication of the American left for over a century, may seem an unlikely place for such a thorough refutation of one of the Democratic Party’s most salient talking points. Lawrence, however, is strikingly forthright. Calling the supposed hack and the continual allegations of collusion by President Donald Trump and his associates a “great edifice,”
Lawrence points to the central role the “DNC Hack” plays in the “Russia Gate” narrative. He writes:
Now, according to the research by the experts Lawrence cites — the group Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) — a Russian government cyberattack on the DNC’s computers is likely not a “possibility.” The group has examined several aspects of the emails’ journey to the public eye and concluded it cannot be made to comport with a hacker in the former Soviet Union. The files apparently were transferred to a data storage device at a speed not possible over the internet. Metadata also indicate that the emails were taken by someone in the Eastern Daylight Time Zone and then deliberately copy-and-pasted into a Microsoft Word file that had its language settings changed to Russian in a ruse to throw off investigators.
The conclusions of four of VIP’s investigators was unanimous. Lawrence writes:
All those interviewed came in between 90 percent and 100 percent certain that the forensics prove out. I have already quoted Skip Holden’s answer: impossible based on the data. “The laws of physics don’t lie,” Ray McGovern volunteered at one point. “It’s QED, theorem demonstrated,” William Binney said in response to my question. “There’s no evidence out there to get me to change my mind.” When I asked Edward Loomis, a 90 percent man, about the 10 percent he held out, he replied, “I’ve looked at the work and it shows there was no Russian hack. But I didn’t do the work. That’s the 10 percent. I’m a scientist.”
The lack of evidence is enough to disprove the fake news stories put out by leftist media groups.
Lawrence later wrote about initial concerns regarding the over-inflated story– especially the matters brought up by WikiLeaks during their charges against the conspiracy.
Breitbart News continued:
The Nation’s story is by no means the first indication something might be awry with the “official version” of what happened at the DNC last summer. Shortly after the emails became public, Julian Assange, whose WikiLeaks played a major role in the emails’ dissemination, claimed Russia played no role, but this did nothing to stem the flood of assurances about a Russian hack.
The central text of the Russia Gate gospel became the “Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA)” issued in January of this year, days before President Barack Obama left office. Presumably this ICA, quoted for months in the mainstream media as being the work of “all 17” American intelligence agencies, is the basis of the DNC’s continued claims of a Russian hack.
The reality, as the New York Times finally admitted in June, was that only three intelligence agencies participated in the creation of the ICA. The “17 intelligence agencies” line, a fixture of pro-Russia Gate media since Hillary Clinton used the figure in her second presidential debate performance, was and is fake news.
With actual evidence of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign now looking increasingly unlikely to come to light, there are increasing indications Mueller’s investigation has shifted to looking for financial crimes allegedly committed by President Trump and his family long before and far outside the presidential campaign. The impact of the revelations unearthed by the VIPS team and The Nation On that investigation have yet to be seen.
Will the Russia narrative finally be put to rest by even liberal news sites?
We will update you as this story develops.