Russian Cyberattacks Targeted Voting Software Supplier and Election Officials

The Intercept reported June 5th,

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.

This demonstrates the Russian Military Intelligence has not only executed an attack on the U. S. election by leaking information in order to influence the decisions of voters, it executed an attack on the system the U. S. uses to calculate votes.  The Russians attempted to do the same thing in Ukraine in 2014.

Keep in mind that there were three swing states that came under suspicion because of the difference between the polling average and the vote totals.  The first column below is electoral votes, second is the probability of victory according FiveThirtyEight, third is the polling average as reported on FiveThirtyEight, fourth is the percentage of votes as reported on RealClearPolitics.  The vote in the Electoral College is Trump 290, Clinton 232.  In each state, Trump out performs the polling average substantially and by just enough to win.

                                       EV     %V                  Polls    Votes

Michigan                    16       C78.9              C4.1    T.3

Pennsylvania            20       C77                 C3.9    T1.3

Wisconsin                  10       C83.9              C5.9    T2.6

10,704 in Michigan
44,292 in Pennsylvania
27,257 in Wisconsin
82,253 total

137,012,544 total votes cast
One percent = 1,370,125
82,253 =  1/16.65 x One percent

Trump’s margin of victory was 1/16.65 of one percent of the vote.  To put this margin of victory in perspective, Clinton is now leading the popular vote by 2.8 million votes, or 2.1 percent.  Clinton’s margin of victory in the popular vote is 34.9 times larger than Trump’s margin of victory in the popular vote for the electoral college.

There is a reason you do not hear this margin of victory discussed by Trump or his supporters.  There is a reason you do not hear it discussed by the news media.  There is a reason during his last press conference this was not mentioned by President Obama.  There is a reason the National Security Agency kept the document that was leaked confidential.  This razor-slim margin of victory together with the information the intelligence community has regarding Russia’s attack on our election undermines the integrity of the election.  This is one of the objectives of Russia’s attack.

Along with the anomalous results in three swing states, the evidence of the Russian effort to influence voters by stealing and releasing information, we now have evidence 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.”

This is an extraordinary develop in the investigation of the 2016 election.  It has been almost completely overlooked primarily because of all the attention that has been given to the testimony yesterday before the Senate Intelligence Committee of the former FBI Director, James Comey.

The one step our country has taken in light of this new development gives you some idea of how we are in a state of denial or post-traumatic stress disorder.  The individual responsible for leaking the NSA report to The Intercept has been arrested.  NPR reported June 8th at 8:15pm,

Reality Winner, a 25-year-old National Security Agency contractor accused of leaking classified information to a news outlet, has pleaded not guilty at a hearing in Augusta, Ga. The judge denied her bail after prosecutors suggested she may possess more secret documents.

Reality Winner

Reality Winner, a 25-year-old National Security Agency contractor and an Air Force veteran, was being held in Lincoln County, Ga. (AP)

A federal grand jury had indicted her on one count of “willful retention and transmission of national defense information.” In legal documents, an FBI agent stated that Winner had admitted to printing the classified information and mailing it to an online news outlet.

That news outlet is widely believed to be The Intercept, which published a report Monday detailing an apparent NSA document that said Russian military intelligence attempted to hack a U.S. company that provides election software.

We put Reality in jail.

On December 14th The New York Times published an article that acknowledged, “every major publication, including The Times, published multiple stories citing the D.N.C. and Podesta emails posted by WikiLeaks, becoming a de facto instrument of Russian intelligence.”  During the election the news media ignored the foreign country that was leaking the information to influence our election and they continued to publish stories about the information that was leaked.

Now that a young U. S. citizen has leaked information that begins to demonstrate that our democracy has been threatened in a more comprehensive manner, the U. S. news media has decided to take a different approach.  Take a look at a quick sampling of some of the stories being written about this issue now.  Hardly anyone appears to be interested in whether the Russians turned 82,253 votes in three swing states.  The fact that news organizations do not yet find that part of the story to be news worthy is itself news worthy.

One exception:

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