Associated Press Issues Correction For Six Months of Russian #FakeNews Reporting…

The Associated Press becomes the latest news organization attempting to distance themselves from the ‘Vast 2016 Russian Election Conspiracy Theory’ narrative, otherwise known as ‘muh Russia’.  [LINK]

Obviously posting their “clarification” over six months of Fake News citations, late on a Friday night leading into a holiday weekend shows the slyness of the creeping toward the exit.  Nothing to see here folks, move along, move along; pay no attention to the creepy journalists hugging the walls slinking off… nothing to see here.

This latest AP walk-back follows on the heels of the New York Times exit a few days ago.

Both corrections reference a Russian Election Interference Joint Analysis Report, widely called the “Russian Intelligence Report”, which has been falsely used by most media to frame a narrative that 17 agencies within the U.S. intelligence community agreed that Russia attempted to interfere with the U.S. election.

It is not coincidental the two most politicized intelligence operatives, John Brennan (CIA) and James Comey (FBI), presented the information along with like-minded political traveler ODNI James Clapper. While Admiral Mike Rogers (NSA) is also included in the report authorship, it is largely -and intentionally- overlooked that Rogers only held a “moderate confidence” in the overall report finding. It was Brennan and Comey who claimed “high confidence” in the report content.

We have continually pointed out at the time the report was written it appeared to be entirely political in construct. The intent of the report was to provide source material for the overall Russian conspiracy narrative; and also establish some framework for the White House to take action, vis-a-vis sanctions.

Against the backdrop of the December 2016 sanctions announcement, President Obama’s administration released the Joint Analysis Report claiming it outlined details of Russia’s involvement hacking into targeted political data-base or computer systems during the election.

Except it didn’t

Not even a little.

The “Russian Malicious Cyber Activity – Joint Analysis Report” (full pdf below) was/is pure nonsense. It outlines nothing more than vague and disingenuous typical hacking activity that is no more substantive than any other hacking report on any other foreign actor.

This might as well be a report blaming Nigerian fraud phone solicitors for targeting U.S. phone numbers. Just because you didn’t actually win the Nigerian national lottery doesn’t mean the Nigerian government are targeting you for your portion of the lottery revenue.

The December FBI report was/is, well, quite simply, pure horse-pucky.

What the report does well is using ridiculous technical terminology to describe innocuous common activity. Example: “ATPT29” is Olaf, the round faced chubby guy probably working from his kitchen table; and “ATPT28” is his unemployed socially isolated buddy living in Mom’s basement down the street.

This paragraph below is priceless in it’s humorous and disingenuous gobblespeak:

Both groups have historically targeted government organizations, think tanks, universities, and corporations around the world. APT29 has been observed crafting targeted spearphishing campaigns leveraging web links to a malicious dropper; once executed, the code delivers Remote Access Tools (RATs) and evades detection using a range of techniques.

APT28 is known for leveraging domains that closely mimic those of targeted organizations and tricking potential victims into entering legitimate credentials. APT28 actors relied heavily on shortened URLs in their spearphishing email campaigns. Once APT28 and APT29 have access to victims, both groups exfiltrate and analyze information to gain intelligence value.

These groups use this information to craft highly targeted spearphishing campaigns. These actors set up operational infrastructure to obfuscate their source infrastructure, host domains and malware for targeting organizations, establish command and control nodes, and harvest credentials and other valuable information from their targets.

(*note the emphasis I placed in the quote) All that nonsense is saying is a general explanation for how hacking, any hacking, is generally carried out. The entire FBI report was nothing more than a generalized, albeit techno-worded, explanation for how Nigerians, Indians, or in this case Russians, attempt to gain your email passwords etc., nothing more.

Here’s the “report“:

What was alarming to consider was: A) how far the various radical leftists were willing to go to create a straw man crisis for political benefit; and B) how diminished the executive office of the U.S. presidency actually became amid this level of ridiculous propaganda.

There’s no doubt the intended outcome was to create internal confusion amid the U.S. electorate, and seed a media narrative. There were/are millions of people who bought into these widely discussed fabrications.

Consider the example inside a Yahoo News article showcasing the report:

[…] The US intelligence community has concluded that a hack-and-release of Democratic Party and Clinton staff emails was designed to put Trump — a political neophyte who has praised Putin — into the Oval Office. (link)

There was no evidence the DNC was “hacked” (WikiLeaks claims the information was an inside job of “leaking”), Hillary Clinton blames the Macedonians, and even John Podesta admitted himself he was a victim of an ordinary “phishing” password change scam. Not exactly a “hack” per se’.

Does hacking exist, of course it does. Do hackers exist in every country connected by the internet, of course they do. Do state governments participate in hacking offense and defense, again – yes, of course they do. And yes, the FBI and U.S. intelligence community act purposefully against all participants they can catch.

But what does that intellectual truism have to do with the specific allegation that hostile Russian hackers attempted to gain entry into the DNC or John Podesta? These are two entirely different issues which the Obama administration (Brennan and Comey) attempted to conflate simply for political and ideological purposes.

Here is where we see the overall intended and conflated outcome. Consider the Yaho0 media paragraph above against the headline which accompanied the content:


There’s a reasonable case to be made that all of those previous political players have quite a bit to hide within the construct of the entire narrative. Some like James Comey, and possibly Susan Rice, appear to have violated laws on leaking information and unmasking U.S. citizens within intelligence reports.

Former CIA Director John Brennan has clearly established his own exit from the risk matrix. While former ODNI James Clapper is almost too inept to be held accountable for any of it.

It would be disingenuous in the extreme to ignore that NSA Director Mike Rogers was the least willing and least engaged intelligence leader within the scheme and simultaneously highly political ODNI James Clapper was calling for him to be fired.

Admiral Mike Rogers traveled to Trump Tower (after the election) on Friday November 11th without notifying the White House or Clapper. The next day, November 12th, President-Elect Trump moved the entire Transition Team to his New Jersey country club.

Admiral Mike Rogers remains the current head of the NSA.

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133 Responses to Associated Press Issues Correction For Six Months of Russian #FakeNews Reporting…

  1. TONYA PARNELL says:

    AP getting nervous???? Lawsuits are flying. A lot of small media once copied the AP when they did not have reporters to cover stuff; even the big media relied on them, not anymore

    Liked by 2 people

    • yellowrosetx says:

      That’s right. They have fallen pretty far. Their industry (professional journalism) has been compromised, corrupted, and marginalized—by themselves. Lots of change in the air right now.They may think the travails of cable news networks and the NYT can’t bring them down—and they would be wrong. Interesting times we live in.

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  2. Donna in Oregon says:

    It;s easy to understand why President Trump kept Adm. Mike Rogers. But many Obama holdovers elude me. IDK if there is a pattern but it appears that President Trump keeps them until he is ready to make his move. For instance this idiot, who tweeted leaving her post June 2017:

    U.S. Ambassador, Obama Holdover, Signals Disdain for Representing Trump
    U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, whose family bundled thousands for Obama, laments working for Trump

    Liked by 1 person

  3. If I recall correctly (and trust me guys my RECALL is rarely incorrect), immediately after the debate where Hillary mentioned about 17 agencies, I read somewhere that she lied about ALL 17 agencies and it was only 3 or 4. Do not recall where I read it (maybe here or on BB, TGP or Newsmax).
    So when now almost a year later when ALL media are going along with ALL 17 agencies narrative – what does that suggest? The politicians making a fool of themselves in the eyes of Trump supporters are doing so by design. All these politicians spewing this hatred against our President are into their 5th,6th,7th or 8th decade of their lives.
    There is only way to get to MAGA. a) The first step was to elect President Trump. b) Second, the more important part, is to get all the congress critters not supporting our President’s MAGA out of office.
    The second part seems to be more difficult – e.g. the general populace is so brain washed into thinking that all illegals want, is to work hard, and “we should be compassionate”. These people defending the illegals are brain washed to the level that they are not ready to accept that “being illegal by itself is a crime” – I picked this example after hearing lot of folks dialing into a radio show discussing Kate’s law. I do not know what brought these adult individuals to come to this conclusion. Actually let me take it back, I think these “adults” have been programmed right from kindergarten and before level at schools and then in colleges in our country – I thank God that I did not go to school here otherwise I would have ended up being one of them. I hope fellow treepers will understand that this statement is by no means to show disrespect to (majority) those who had to go to schools / colleges here. It took me few months, and more than few videos of candidate and President Trump for my little one to be convinced that our President does not hate children – something she picked up from other kids at school. From my POV, the education system needs to be overhauled for the better, teaching only things that are needed for individual growth and intelligence (something that I was taught) – the social justice garbage spewed by teachers should be left out for the children to figure out on their own. What I mean is, the focus should be on maths, science, reading and writing – let the kids figure out on their own about “we need to be inclusive”, etc. .
    The second thing I believe that is contributing to anti-MAGA mindset is the media. This conclusion is based on the thinking of adults, who like me, did not go to school / college in this country but are so hateful of our President and think that Hillary is saint. Only thing common among this group of individuals is they all only follow MSM – I was one of them (aka MSM zombie) and for the record I was Hillary supporter in 2008 (until she lost, and that contributed to flipping the switch and seeking out alternative media) – but then look at the candidate running for President on the Republican side in 2008. A little bit of education does wonders to one’s thinking.

    Liked by 1 person

    • G. Combs says:

      This is the reason I reccomend home schooling. You have NO IDEA what sort of crap the SJW teachers are pushing into the kids head.

      One of the local teachers had more than one guy I know tossed into jail ‘For Child Abuse’ She taught the kids to use the threat to get what they wanted out of the parents. When the parents refused to buy one girl a new car, she happily tossed daddy in jail and now laughs in her grandparents faces taunting them about telling the judge she lied if only they will giver her the next item on their wish list. Of course she never recants.

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  4. dustycowpoke says:

    Nope. It is in their blood to lie for profit.


  5. moiaussi says:

    It’s fascinating, and sad, to see established organisations such as Associated Press become corrupt and rot from within, to see them foolishly fall for the BS being spun by the left. It’s the case of “repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth” and organisations like AP, who should know better, fall for it.


  6. jogreggre says:

    FTA: “Admiral Mike Rogers traveled to Trump Tower (after the election) on Friday November 11th without notifying the White House or Clapper. The next day, November 12th, President-Elect Trump moved the entire Transition Team to his New Jersey country club.” I nearly fell over when I read this. The implications about the Obama Administration are frightening. The lawlessness of the Obama Administration apparently permeated every federal agency. What a mess for Mr. Trump to be left with. And what a bullet we dodged when the equally corrupt Hillary Clinton was defeated. And, pray for Mike Rogers.

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  7. Dana Doran says:

    President Trump is brilliant. The Associated Press might be learning a lesson. The Deep State, bureaucrats that have yet to be drained from the Swamp, cannot be trusted to “leak” the truth and there is no way to verify the information. They can refuse to print unverified “information” or they can cease to exist….regional newspapers can’t afford to pay to print what amounts to lies.


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