Putin Is Offering James Comey Asylum

Speaking at his annually televised answer-and-question session to the Russian public, Vladimir Putin made the shocking offer on Thursday to give former FBI director James Comey political asylum if he needs it.

“If Comey will be under the threat of political persecution, we are ready to accept him here,” Putin stated during the speaking engagement. “It sounds very strange when the head of the security services writes down a conversation with the commander-in-chief and then leaks it to the media through his friend.”

Watch the quick exchange below.

In the clip, you can see where Putin actually compares Comey to famous NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who is currently living in Russia under asylum protection. The Russian president builds a narrative that Comey is somewhat of a civil rights activists for leaking information to the public.

There is no doubt in my mind Putin has the audacity to give Comey asylum should the former FBI director seek it. Of course, we know that would never happen. Putin knows this, too.

So then what is the Russian leader doing exactly? What he is doing is trolling the United States. He is trolling us at epic proportions.

There is no real free press in the Russian Federation. Major news outlets are state-run and manipulated by the Kremlin. Putin critics in the media are regularly killed. The idea of press freedom in Russia is a joke.

We know this. And Putin knows we know this

Putin clearly sees the irony in giving people like Edward Snowden and James Comey asylum in the name of government transparency. However, he does this to simply troll our own institutions – if his people are somehow fooled into thinking things are just as bad here as it is there, then that’s just a plus for the Russian president.

You don’t believe he enjoys trolling just for the fun of it? How else can you explain his answer to Oliver Stone earlier in June when asked if he ever has “off” days:

“I am not a woman, so I don’t have bad days,” Putin responded. “I am not trying to insult anyone. That’s just the nature of things. There are certain natural cycles.”

 

Traitor Snowden Decries Ransomware Hack Based on NSA Leak

In a huge turn of irony, hackers have wreaked chaos at the Russian Interior Ministry, along with the British National Health Service and Spain’s Telefónica. The attack consisted of “ransomware” which encrypts a computer’s files and then blackmails the user to pay a ransom to get them back. It used an exploit that was part of the NSA’s surveillance toolkit and was leaked to the public several months ago.

If the Russians, who harbor and protect an American traitor, had found the exploit first, I doubt we’d have known about it beforehand.

The British were particularly hard hit, since “up to 90 percent of NHS computers still run Windows XP.” Microsoft discontinued the 16-year-old operating system and stopped all support and patches in 2014. Not to blame the victims here, but nobody serious should be running Windows XP outside of a virus lab.

The ransomware is taking advantage of EternalBlue, an exploit spies used to secretly break into Windows machines, according to the Register.

Microsoft did issue a patch for EternalBlue, but only for supported operating systems.

The NSA used this vulnerability as part of its surveillance toolkit, and only reported it to Microsoft after a security breach was discovered last August, the Washington Post reported.

Microsoft fixed the problem in a patch it released in March, before a group calling itself the “Shadow Brokers” publicly released it online in April.

The ransomware, known as #WannaCry, brought out the usual calls for clipping the NSA’s wings.

The traitor Snowden has done more damage to our national security cyberwarfare capabilities than perhaps any living soul. Here he is slamming the NSA because they found an exploit before more nefarious hackers did.

Microsoft did nothing wrong. It has a right to discontinue support for Windows XP, which it released  in 2001.

Blatantly untrue. NHS hospitals using Windows XP knew they were vulnerable, not just from NSA-discovered vulnerabilities, but any vulnerabilities, since Microsoft no longer supported the product (the NHS got a one-year extension in 2014 but that has long expired). This is like buying a 2005 Chevy Silverado and complaining when GM refuses to honor the warranty that expired in 2008.

Honestly, I’d rather have the eggheads at the NSA find exploits than have the Russians find them. Would the Russian hackers who work for Putin have reported EternalBlue to Microsoft? Would Snowden, who lives outside of a prison cell only by clinging to the bosom of Mother Russia, be so quick to condemn his protectors if they found the exploit first?

No, of course not. We’d never even be having this discussion, because when Russian hackers find an exploit, they tell nobody. They could even be spying on us right now (they probably are). The NSA is our best defense against foreign cyberwarfare.

The problem isn’t the NSA finding exploits, or even using them (although I admit there are privacy concerns). The problem is the traitorous leakers who would rather betray their country than work within the system. If anyone is to blame for #WannaCry, it’s Snowden and people like him.

Republicans, Apologize to Edward Snowden

Three days after the fateful Indiana primary that secured the Republican Party’s presidential nomination for Donald Trump, Erick wrote that Republicans should apologize to Bill Clinton.  The message was straightforward: with the purported “family values” party now coronating a pathologically lying, serially philandering (and now, of course, we can also say, sexually assaulting) man as its god-king standard-bearer, Republicans retroactively owed an apology to Clinton over their failed attempt to impeach him for what amounted to the receipt of sexual favors from an intern and a concomitant cover-up of said favors.

In noting the sheer hypocrisy of what had become of the Party of Lincoln and Reagan, Erick was, indeed, spot-on.

Unfortunately, given the worship of anti-American nut basket Julian Assange that is so obsequiously idolatrous it might give the ancient Israelites’ golden calf a run for its money in the eyes of God, that precise logic now also applies just as strongly to Edward Snowden.

My personal stance on Edward Snowden has never wavered.  Regardless of the underlying policy dispute with respect to NSA surveillance, Snowden’s actions back in 2013 were completely indefensible.  His leaks directly endangered American soldiers, sailors, and marines stationed around the globe; conversely, al-Qaeda and other jihadi groups directly benefited.  He was not a “whistle-blower,” let alone a “hero”; he was a coward and a traitor, plain and simple.  While the best way to handle the Snowden situation has always been to somehow extradite him from his Muscovite enclave and formally press charges for treason, I confess a longstanding sympathy for invoking something closely akin to the Obama Administration’s legal justification for the Anwar al-Awlaki drone strike (itself the single greatest act Barack Obama ever took as President, incidentally, if you ask me) to make the Snowden problem “disappear.”  Would that he might take an accidental “fall” down a particularly steep staircase.  You get the idea.

Most Republicans, regardless of where they have stood on NSA surveillance policy, have shared my visceral antipathy toward Snowden.  Since the GOP is the alleged party of moral clarity and Reaganite badassery in terms of destroying Soviet-esque existential threats, this all makes sense.

That is, until it didn’t make sense.

Nowhere has the insidious Trumpification of the GOP been more acute than as it pertains to Vladimir Putin and his pal Julian Assange.  The polling, for Republicans, is simply jarring:

Back in July 2014 just 10 percent of Republicans held a favorable view of Putin, according to a poll conducted by the Economist and YouGov.  By September of 2016, that number rose to 24 percent.  And it’s even higher today: 37 percent of Republicans view Putin favorably, the poll found in December.

This, of course, has less to do with anything remotely resembling intellectually coherent principle, and everything to do with brute partisanship.  Trump’s oleaginous Russophilia, which he repeatedly demonstrated throughout the 2016 campaign, inevitably led Putin and the Kremlin to meddle on Trump’s behalf.  (Unless, of course, it was, um, worse than mere meddling.)  Regardless, we have, indeed, come quite a long way from Reagan’s iconic exhortation to “Mr. Gorbachev…[to] tear down this wall.”

But not content to merely latch themselves to the vodka-laced teat of Mother Russia, many Trumpist Republicans have doubled down by aligning themselves with WikiLeaks’ Assange.  Notwithstanding that Assange is, personally, an alleged rapist.  Notwithstanding that Assange, professionally, has long threatened to leak information that might put U.S. troops in jeopardy the world over—much like Snowden.  Frankly, Assange’s long history of trying to hold hostage American interests makes him little different than a state-sponsored terrorist like Kim Jong Un.  Assange is, indisputably, an enemy of the West.

But Republicans apparently don’t care.  Sarah Palin now sees fit to “apologize” to Assange.  Sean Hannity flies to London so that he can get an “exclusive behind-the-scenes” interview with Assange.

This is not just disgustingly hypocritical, disgustingly partisan, and disgustingly evidentiary of forfeited principle.  It’s also just plain disgusting.

Here was Erick, this morning:

Republican cheerleading for Russia of late has been disappointing.  We are facing a role reversal between the parties and the Republicans, typically more responsible on foreign affairs than Democrats, are going off in support of a totalitarian monster who murders dissidents and is a threat to our friends.

And here was Ben Shapiro, over at the Daily Wire:

Assange, lest we forget, bragged about the fact that WikiLeaks could be responsible for the deaths of Americans and American allies abroad.  He’s an alleged rapist and a longtime ally of Vladimir Putin; in 2011, Putin gave Assange a visa, and in 2012, Assange worked to cover up a payment from Syria to Russia.  Back then, Fox News’ Sean Hannity dubbed Assange a quasi-terrorist and asked why the government couldn’t stop him; today, he flies to the Ecuadorian embassy in London to interview Assange, then says, “I believe everything he says.”

The political party that defeated the Soviet Union and took the fight to the jihad after 9/11 seems hellbent on playing footsie with one of the world’s most brutal despots and otherwise cozying up to one of its most rogue, lawless, terrorist-abetting zealots.  It would be best if the GOP could actually Make Conservatism Great Again™, but if Republicans wish to solidify their misbegotten newfound “convictions” and seek to exude at least an iota of intellectual consistency, the least they can do is apologize to a fellow lawless, terrorist-abetting zealot currently holed up in that same Russian despot’s frozen lair: Edward Snowden.

Eric Holder Praises Traitor Snowden For Doing a ‘Public Service’

I actually gasped when I read this. The former Attorney General of the United States, charged with enforcing the laws (including, and especially 18 U.S. Code § 2381, Treason) of this nation, spoke these words.

“We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made,” Holder told David Axelrod on his CNN-produced podcast “The Axe Files.”

Holder then blathered on about how what Snowden did was, of course, illegal, and caused damage, and “our ability to keep the American people safe was compromised.” No big deal there, right?

“I think there has to be a consequence for what he has done,” Holder added. “But, I think in deciding what an appropriate sentence should be, I think a judge could take into account the usefulness of having had that national debate.”

So by Holder’s logic, Dzokhar Tasrnaev’s judge should have considered the value of the national debate about Islamic terror that the Boston Marathon bombing sparked when sentencing him to death. Maybe Holder would have given him a break.

Or Bowe Bergdahl: Maybe he should be promoted and given an intelligence post, for the value of his five years spent with the Taliban and the value of the national debate sparked when President Obama traded five hard-core terrorists for his release. Or Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning: Let’s release him/her from Fort Leavenworth prison and give xir a professorship at Berkeley in Transgender Studies. I could go on, but I think the basic stupidity of the idea has been established.

To think that this man was the head of the Justice Department during Obama’s gunwalking Operation Fast & Furious, and during much of the non-investigation into the VA scandal (which has only metastasized instead of being treated), the IRS scandal, and Hillary Clinton’s server is frightening. He never should have held the job for a single day.

But what’s more frightening is that the current crop of 2016 presidential contenders will probably nominate worse picks for the country’s top law enforcement post. Either of them will choose among hatchet men and lawfare experts who will make John Mitchell look like Eliot Ness. In four years we’ll be nostalgic for Holder’s feckless globalism.

Hillary’s Indictment: More Suspense Than The Walking Dead Finale

Today’s episode of Hillary’s sordid tale of secret emails is that she reportedly stored information classified beyond Top-Secret. That’s the kind of stuff traitor Edward Snowden released: Need-to-Know, compartmentalized stuff.

They should create a Netflix series for Hillary’s emails. I’d call it “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” (but I’m a Beatles fan); Hollywood would call it “No Smoking Gun.”

Fox News exclusively obtained the unclassified letter, sent Jan. 14 from Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III. It laid out the findings of a recent comprehensive review by intelligence agencies that identified “several dozen” additional classified emails — including specific intelligence known as “special access programs” (SAP).

That indicates a level of classification beyond even “top secret,” the label previously given to two emails found on her server, and brings even more scrutiny to the presidential candidate’s handling of the government’s closely held secrets.

Now, I might be mistaken here (I’m not a lawyer, or a federal prosecutor, maybe we should ask Chris Christie), but isn’t this a felony?

Yes, yes, it appears to be, says Google and Cornell University Law School.

18 U.S. Code § 798 – Disclosure of classified information

(a) Whoever knowingly and willfully communicates, furnishes, transmits, or otherwise makes available to an unauthorized person, or publishes, or uses in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States or for the benefit of any foreign government to the detriment of the United States any classified information—

(b) As used in subsection (a) of this section—
The term “classified information” means information which, at the time of a violation of this section, is, for reasons of national security, specifically designated by a United States Government Agency for limited or restricted dissemination or distribution;

The terms “code,” “cipher,” and “cryptographic system” include in their meanings, in addition to their usual meanings, any method of secret writing and any mechanical or electrical device or method used for the purpose of disguising or concealing the contents, significance, or meanings of communications;

So, when will the Department of Justice issue indictments? The suspense is killing me.

(Something tells me Johnny Mathis’ “The Twelfth of Never” is playing on an iPod at the Hoover building.)