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Obama orders review of election-campaign cyber-attacks and points to Russia

Saturday, December 10th 2016 - 10:37 UTC
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President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence officials to conduct a broad review of election-season cyber-attacks, including the email hacks that rattled the presidential campaign and raised fresh concerns about Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections, the White House said Friday. Read full article


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  • ElaineB

    It should be reviewed twice, to be fair.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 11:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DennisA

    What nonsense this is. Whoever did the hacking of the e-mails, were the dirty tricks and corruption true or false? The facts are clear that they were true, this is another diversionary tactic to try and subvert the election.

    The heads of intelligence agencies are political appointments, the claims will diasappear once they do.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 02:32 pm - Link - Report abuse -5
  • chronic

    Drag it all out - if there actually is anything (these are the same clowns that brought us al quaida in Iraq and sadaam's wmd) - into the sunlight.

    Trump busted Obamy out for his inexplicable islamic tendencies so it's only fair that Obamy tries to pay him back by casting a shadow over the legitimacy of Trump's win.

    This is full contact. We play football in America not soccer. Bring it on. Do your worst, Obamy because not only is your legacy being erased but you are going to end looking like a petulant poor little thing.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 03:13 pm - Link - Report abuse -9
  • bushpilot

    If Putin and Russia were meddling with the presidential election process in the United States of America, then Americans damn straight need to know that.

    Does anyone know of any Republicans who have publicly expressed this same sentiment? Didn't think so.

    But I think it is certain that the U.S. intelligience agencies have already taken this possibility very seriously. It is a serious threat, they would “not” have missed it. For sure they are already reviewing this deeply.

    And they wouldn't stop taking something seriously just because the Administration changed.

    So, why would Obama be ordering a review publicly? Bringing up this review publicly would only hamper that investigation by tipping off the perpetrators. Why not just order it, and be quiet about it until the results are known?

    Because it is definitely an attempt to cast doubt on the election results despite, “this is not an attempt to challenge the election results.”

    All they would need is to find one small little file to be accessed by someone in Russia and that incident would be turned into:

    “You see we told you Russia bent the election.”
    “No, no, we aren't going to ”challenge“ the election, it's just ”illegitimate“. Hillary should have been president.”

    That's not a challenge at all!

    And the left will bang on like this in perpetuity like a broken record.

    It's a given they will come up with anything to come up with something before Obama leaves office. And the Republicans will deny the significance of whatever they come up with forever, also like a broken record.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 04:01 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Lightning

    It needs to be investigated and the facts made clear.

    Let the cards fall where they may.

    The public has to know, beyond a doubt - if only to put to bed future speculation.

    Duplicity by the Intelligence agencies, IF ANY, must be exposed.

    Coverups, IF ANY, to save embarrassment for intelligence agencies MUST be revealed or proven to be untrue, to eventually restore Public faith.

    Dickheads and dumbasses like “Chronic” would like nothing better than to hide the truth and sweep it under the rug.

    That is exactly what they accused Hillary of doing. Hypocrites.

    Is that a free and open society?

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 05:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @ Lightening

    Exactly, they should thoroughly investigate and then on spurious grounds reopen any investigation again at a crucial time detrimental to Trump. It would only be fair.

    Trust in government is at an all time low, primarily because of negative campaigning and any serious accusations about the validity of the democratic election process should be thoroughly investigated to restore faith.

    Plus people need educating in how to use critical thinking and source checking before blindly accepting anything they see on the internet.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 05:13 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • DemonTree

    @ bushpilot
    If you are sure the US intelligence agencies are already investigating, then you can be certain the Russians are too. This announcement won't have told them anything. But it does mean the agencies will have to come up with something publicly before Trump takes over and the whole thing gets quietly buried.

    It's funny though that after all the times the US tried to meddle in other countries politics, now they may have fallen victim themselves.

    @ ElaineB
    How much critical thinking do you think the average person is capable of? I don't feel optimistic.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 06:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    You doubt my sincerity?

    Poor darling, snowflake!

    Lay it all out, starting with snowden.

    Snowden deserves a medal for courage and the gallows for treason.

    Here's a news flash for the imbeciles:

    There is no trust in the American government because the citizenry have been sold a bill of goods that it is their benefactor and that wealth flows from it - both of which lies are the exact opposites of the truth.

    You're getting ready to see a mass rejection of global liberalism and an embracement of personal responsibility and freedom.

    Drone on with your failed leftist schlock.


    Dec 10th, 2016 - 07:21 pm - Link - Report abuse -9
  • ElaineB

    @ DT

    How to learn should be at the forefront of education, rather than what to learn. The problem with that is people are less controllable.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 07:29 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Kanye

    Q: Who would repress an investigation?

    A: Only those who fear the truth.


    “You're getting ready to see a mass rejection of global liberalism and an embracement of personal responsibility and freedom”

    You mean, euphemistically speaking abandoning equal rights, government benevolence, and truth in Justice.

    Anything but “freedom”.

    More like unregulated predation and exploitation.

    You go out of your way to mislead and offend.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 08:18 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • chronic

    Conway, how predictable.

    Never an original thought.

    Destined to be only be a reactionary.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 08:33 pm - Link - Report abuse -9
  • Briton

    What goes around, comes around.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 08:48 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • DemonTree

    What we are seeing with Trump is a rejection of personal responsibility and freedom, and the embracing of government interference in the economy. They want the government to provide them with good jobs, and protect them from (cheaper, better) foreign competition. And that is exactly what Trump has promised to do.

    This is not surprising. What person wants to move away from the town where they have always lived, and start again in some new industry, competing against young people with no responsibilities? How much easier to vote for someone who gives you someone else to blame, and promises to bring back that factory with its well paid manufacturing jobs?

    Whether he can deliver on his promises is another matter entirely.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 08:50 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Lightning

    Not that “Chronic” himself has 'trumpeted' anything original.

    In lieu of a reasoned logical response, “Chronic” chooses a personal attack.


    This is an opportunity to add, a saddening and dangerous thing to take note of is the climate of hostility, intolerance and outright ignorant bigotry that has been ushered in by the likes of “Chronic”.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 08:55 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Briton

    as for promises, all politicians promise things to gain power,
    but I think trump should be judged on his actions , if any,

    if he fails they can remove him in four years time.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 09:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    This Trump thing is going to turn out to be OK - if only for the amount of discomfort it's causing the lefties.


    Dec 10th, 2016 - 09:11 pm - Link - Report abuse -6
  • Briton

    He has a lot to prove,

    disliked by many, but he is no fool surely ?

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 09:21 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • chronic

    Trump's at Army/Navy and the crowd's shouting MAGA.

    Discussing Vern Lundquist for ambassador to Sweden.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 10:01 pm - Link - Report abuse -9
  • DemonTree

    Chronic, your comments consistently reveal and define you and it's not an attractive picture that they paint.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 10:03 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • chronic

    You don't like football, Monkey?

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 10:31 pm - Link - Report abuse -9
  • Marti Llazo

    Let me see if I have this right: the US CIA, which has for many decades interfered massively in the elections of untold other nations with its boundless stores of guns and money, and would win the prize if offered for the toppling of countless other elected governments, is alleging that *some other country* has intercepted loose and amateurishly unsecured email revealing dubious and corrupt practices of a political party in the US -- and this somehow threatens democratic institutions? Am I missing something?

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 11:16 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • DemonTree

    You really think that if you steal from a thief he'll just shrug and let it go?

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 11:19 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • chronic

    Considering that virtually none of you (if any) were actually qualified to vote for Cliton y'all express an inordinate preoccupation with Trump.

    What's the deal?

    Do you fear the Yankees?

    Envy them?

    Are you beholden to them for your rice bowl?

    Trump surprisingly has a kind of paternalistic streak so irrespective of the exact nature of your clientelism with America you probably don't have much to fear of an actual material nature unless you oppose it or its interests.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 11:36 pm - Link - Report abuse -9
  • DemonTree

    'Them'? I thought you were pretending to be an American?

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 11:48 pm - Link - Report abuse +4
  • chronic

    Keep trying, Monkey.

    I don't fear my self or my fellow countrymen or the president elect.

    However Monkey, you do sound more than a little envious of my natural born citizenship.

    Dec 10th, 2016 - 11:53 pm - Link - Report abuse -10
  • DemonTree

    Not afraid of your fellow countrymen? Haha. Now that just proves you're not American!

    Go take a nice walk through Detroit at night, unarmed and alone, if you want us to believe you.

    As for why we care about Trump, I know you'll find this hard to understand, but some of us actually care about other people, even those in other countries.

    Also he has that car crash quality; you just can't stop looking, wondering what he'll **** up next. That's why the media love him.

    Anyway, apologies to any real Americans, but I can very sincerely say that I have never been happier not to be one. :D

    Dec 11th, 2016 - 12:17 am - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Lightning

    “Chronic” is no more a US American than “Voice”

    Dec 11th, 2016 - 10:28 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Voice

    What was it that gave me away...was it the British spelling...?
               Or the fact that I live in Scotland...?

                                  Oh dear.....;-)))))

    Dec 11th, 2016 - 12:36 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • chronic

    Monkey, Detroit is a ghost town. Cabrini Green, in its day, was very competitive.

    Prattle on, the sun's coming up and its cold!

    Dec 11th, 2016 - 01:57 pm - Link - Report abuse -8
  • Marti Llazo

    News item: “ Unemployed bricklayer in Bolivian province of Tapacarí said to have supported Trump in elections: Teary-eyed Clinton faction insists on full investigation to ensure integrity of the US vote”

    Dec 11th, 2016 - 02:04 pm - Link - Report abuse -5
  • Captain Poppy

    Strange, when I speak of Americans I am usually saying we and us. Referring to Americans as “them” and claiming to be one........ gives a little pause.

    Dec 11th, 2016 - 04:26 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Kanye

    Chronic uses the same tactics as Voicey.

    Insults, taunting and calling others wannabe Americans, Brits, ... etc...

    Amazing coincidence, right ?

    Dec 11th, 2016 - 08:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @ CP and Kanye

    It is to distract from the topics. I suggest ignoring and talking over them.

    Dec 11th, 2016 - 08:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    Says the notorious Tea Bagging insulter...
    ...and fake American accuser...

    California was purchased from Mexico to end a war.
    Much like the Argentines, the uninformed and discontented Mexicans like to believe it was “usurped”.
    Educated Mexicans know better
    “ was legal and therefore not theft... ”
    says who, the Argies who slaughtered the indigenous peoples of Patagonia and claimed the land?
    Sounds a bit “usurped” to me - hypocrite.
    Chronic, fake American,
    Keep ranting...”

    Amazing coincidence, right ?

    Dec 11th, 2016 - 08:46 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Briton

    Does it matter what nationality you are,
    we are all entitled to have an opinion,

    even if it is about the Americans,
    but what has this to do with cyber-attacks and points to Russia,

    or is Obama already an irrelevance, ??.

    Dec 11th, 2016 - 09:14 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • ElaineB

    @ Briton it only matters if someone is pretending to be someone they are not. Otherwise it doesn't matter who comments on what on this board.

    It is pretty easy to spot the pretenders from their poor use of language and misuse of colloquialisms.

    Dec 14th, 2016 - 04:35 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Briton


    You may be right,
    but I don't know why chronic continually calls Demon tree- Monkey,
    no need for this, but these pretenders seem to think they are clever [ not ]

    Dec 14th, 2016 - 07:07 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Troy Tempest


    “Chronic”'is exactly what Elaine B says he is - a fake.

    He is as “American” as anyone with access to Google.

    And... he blew it with the colloquialisms and casual references to personal status, in a social structure he has no clue about.

    Question him too closely and he'll scoff and call you a “monkey”, to put you off.

    I ask you, who else likes to pretend they are part of “American” (US) society, and a caricature of a Scot, too?

    Dec 15th, 2016 - 03:39 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Voice

    Are you sure it's not Mr Briton and Mr Chronic this time....;-))))

    Hoots mon..
    I’ll gie ye a skelpit lug!
    Scotland forever!!!!

    Now you mention it, I think I might have seen someone like that on here...:-)))

    Dec 15th, 2016 - 10:16 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Briton

    Troy Tempest
    Good point,


    Dec 16th, 2016 - 01:05 pm - Link - Report abuse +2

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