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If Wednesday morning’s passive-voice ("Russian
hackers are accused of"), evidence-free New York
Times article titled "Attempted
Hack of R.N.C. and Russian Ransomware Attack Test
Biden" has a familiar ring, look who wrote it.
The senior author is David Sanger, the NYT’s
chief Washington correspondent. Based on Sanger’s
unenviable record, the story he wrote with Nicole
Perlroth can be dismissed as a proverbial
nothingburger with Sanger sauce.
The article claims that Russian hackers breached
a contractor for the Republican National Committee (RNC)
last week "around the same time that Russian
cybercriminals launched the largest global
ransomware attack on record". Sanger and co-author
Nicole Perlroth cannot resist editorializing in the
first paragraph that the "incidents are testing the
red lines set by President Biden" at the June 16
summit with Russian President Putin. Biden, they
noted, "presented Mr. Putin with a list of 16
critical sectors of the American economy that, if
attacked, would provoke a response".
The NY Times does not seem to know if the
RNC is included among those 16. Indeed, there is
little sign that the Times actually knows
what those 16 critical sectors are. No worries, the
Russians nonetheless "are accused" of activities
that "test those red lines".
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The Times, and Sanger in particular, have
shown themselves receptive to parts of our
government (especially the security services) as
well as to those who need an enemy to justify huge
defense spending – all of whom have a deep vested
interest in painting Russia and Putin in the most
dangerous colors. It is a safe bet that this is what
is going on here.
Sanger was first off the blocks in parroting
former CIA Director John Brennan’s concoction, in
the misnomered "Intelligence Community Assessment"
of Jan. 6, 2017, that Putin personally directed the
"hacking of the DNC emails". Those who rely on the
NT Times do not know this yet, but testimony
taken under oath by the House Intelligence Committee
on Dec. 5, 2017 revealed that no one – not the
Russians, no one – hacked those emails.
That testimony was made public on May 7, 2020, 14
months ago, but the mainstream media have suppressed
it. Clearly, it does not fit the Times’s
narrative. The modus operandi of today’s NYT
seems to be "only the news that fits we print". See:
New House Documents Sow Further Doubt That Russia
Hacked the DNC.
Still, it is hard to believe how Sanger nor
Perlroth (who specializes in cyber security) can
pretend to be unaware of the that House Intelligence
While for the past five years Sanger has been
concentrating on the "threat" from Russia and
parroting grist from his CIA feeders, he has a long
unenviable record as mouthpiece for those asserting
WMD in Iraq, to those claiming falsely that Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons,
contriving the story about the Russians paying
bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops.
His most disreputable performance came in the
months before the March 2003 attack on Iraq. For
example, Sanger reported "Weapons of Mass
Destruction" as flat fact no fewer than seven times
in this article
of July 29, 2002.
Call me "quaint" or "obsolete", but back in the
day we intelligence analysts looked closely at a
source’s record before we put his/her words into a
Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a
publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the
Saviour in inner-city Washington. His 27-year career
as a CIA analyst includes serving as Chief of the
Soviet Foreign Policy Branch and preparer/briefer of
the President’s Daily Brief. He is co-founder of
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
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