James Woolsey, who served as CIA director under President Bill Clinton, believed Russia may have hacked the Democrat National Committee. He also suspected that perhaps the Chinese, the Iranians and perhaps others also played a role in the cyberattack.
“Is it Russian?” he asked rhetorically Tuesday on CNN. “Probably some. Is it Chinese and Iranian? Maybe. Who knows?“
“We may find out more from Mr. trump coming up today and we may find out more from people in the intelligence community, but it shouldn’t be portrayed as one guilty party,” he added. “It’s much more complicated than that.”
Judging by what the Obama administration had thus far revealed to the public, nobody knew for certain who exactly orchestrated the hacks. All that had been provided by the administration was a report released last week that many on both the right and the left found unconvincing.
Writing in Rolling Stone last weekend, for instance, Matt Taibbi noted that “nothing quite adds up.”
“If the American security agencies had smoking-gun evidence … then expelling a few dozen diplomats after the election seems like an oddly weak and ill-timed response,” he wrote, referencing President Barack Obama’s decision to eject dozens of Russian diplomats.
Ars Technica security editor Dan Goodin reached a similar conclusion, arguing that the government’s report “provides almost NONE of the promised evidence linking them to breaches that the Obama administration claims were orchestrated in an attempt to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.”
There was no concrete evidence proving the Russians hacked the DNC, so therefore Martians could have orchestrated the attack, for all we know.
Likewise, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose organization was responsible for publishing the emails obtained from the DNC hack, has repeatedly stated that the Russians were not his source.
“I think the possibility that more than one country was involved is really there, and I don’t think people ought to say they know for sure that there’s only one,” Woolsey concluded.
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