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Horowitz: DNI Ratcliffe accuses CIA of covering up Chinese interference in 2020 election

We should have known. Everything the Democrats insinuate against and project upon Trump is usually something they and their allies are concocting as we speak. They spent four years accusing Trump of colluding with the Russians to steal the 2016 election. Now, according to the director of national intelligence (DNI), the Chinese were trying to interfere in the 2020 election, but the CIA stifled that information from getting out to lawmakers and the public, even as it pushed the Russian collusion hoax. Which party do you think is in bed – quite literally – with the Chinese?

Yesterday, the Washington Examiner published a letter DNI John Ratcliffe sent to Congress on January 7, warning that he does not believe “the majority view expressed by the Intelligence Community (IC) analysts fully and accurately reflects the scope of the Chinese government’s efforts to influence the 2020 U.S. federal elections.”

Ratcliffe cited a report by the Intelligence Community’s analytic ombudsman Barry Zulauf, which was originally posted by the Examiner 10 days ago, accusing the CIA of applying a double standard when assessing Russian influence vs. Chinese influence in our elections.

“Given analytic differences in the way Russia and China analysts examined their targets, China analysts appeared hesitant to assess Chinese actions as undue influence or interference,” Zulauf wrote. “These analysts appeared reluctant to have their analysis on China brought forward because they tended to disagree with the Administration’s policies, saying in effect, I don’t want our intelligence used to support those policies.”

Here is the crux of Ratcliffe’s concern based on the Zulauf report:

So, we are just supposed to go on with our lives and pretend like there is nothing to do on the China front or the election integrity front?

What is so disconcerting is that Ratcliffe didn’t voice these concerns earlier last year or at least in November when the entire media and Trump’s own administration disregarded any concerns about election security and stifled any question of congressional or state legislative hearings.

The projection of the left is mind-boggling. Leftists accuse their opponents of sacking democracy while they lock down the Bill of Rights for an entire year and parade over 20,000 troops in our nation’s capital with no violent actors in sight. They talk about insecure elections for four years, but suddenly there is no problem with election security even as we know the Chinese are trying to interfere with elections and we had the most unusual process of casting ballots this year in our nation’s history. They accuse Trump of creating a Berlin wall to keep out foreign belligerents at our southern border but are now surrounding the people’s House with high walls to keep out Americans.

How any Republican can move on from this election without any effort at the state and federal levels to reform our elections is criminal. They refuse to even create an election commission, which was the entire purpose of objecting to certification of the election on January 6. Putting aside the issue with mail-in ballots, none of us have given enough thought to the electronic voting systems. The vulnerability to cyber attacks should concern everyone and indeed did concern the Democrats after the 2016 election.

A return to paper ballots should be a no-brainer for anyone who wants to secure our elections. But alas, at this pace, such a view will be deemed criminal speech that is not protected by the First Amendment. Rather than focusing our IC like laser beams on China counterintelligence, they will focus singularly on conservatives who raise concerns about them.

So next time you wonder why the IC is not focused on external threats to our security, just remember that we the people are the enemy. And that is exactly how the Chinese Communists want it.

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DOJ email accounts compromised in SolarWinds hack attributed to Russians

The Department of Justice on Wednesday disclosed that its computer systems were among those compromised by a massive cybersecurity breach of government networks that U.S. officials attribute to Russia.

According to the Associated Press, the DOJ said that 3% of its Microsoft Office 365 email accounts were potentially hacked. The DOJ does not believe that classified systems were breached but would not say to whom the email accounts belonged.

“On Dec. 24, 2020, the Department of Justice’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) learned of previously unknown malicious activity linked to the global SolarWinds incident that has affected multiple federal agencies and technology contractors, among others. This activity involved access to the Department’s Microsoft O365 email environment,” the DOJ said in a statement.

“After learning of the malicious activity, the OCIO eliminated the identified method by which the actor was accessing the O365 email environment. At this point, the number of potentially accessed O365 mailboxes appears limited to around 3-percent and we have no indication that any classified systems were impacted,” the statement continued.

“As part of the ongoing technical analysis, the Department has determined that the activity constitutes a major incident under the Federal Information Security Modernization Act, and is taking the steps consistent with that determination. The Department will continue to notify the appropriate federal agencies, Congress, and the public as warranted,” the DOJ said.

On Tuesday, United States intelligence agencies formally accused the Russian government of orchestrating the cyberattack on software manufactured by IT company SolarWinds. The massive breach of government networks was discovered by the company last month and is estimated to have affected some 18,000 SolarWinds customers and an as yet unknown number of federal government agencies, including the DOJ, U.S. Treasury, and the Department of Commerce. Other agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration have also confirmed they were affected by the attack.

A joint statement from the FBI, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) blamed Russia for the attack. The Hill reported these agencies had set up a cyber unified coordination group in December to investigate the extent of the SolarWinds hack.

“This work indicates that an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actor, likely Russian in origin, is responsible for most or all of the recently discovered, ongoing cyber compromises of both government and non-governmental networks,” the agencies said.

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Michael Atkinson speaks out, implies that Trump was politically motivated in firing him

Michael Atkinson, the former inspector general of the intelligence community whom President Donald Trump fired last week, spoke out on Sunday about his sudden ousting.

In a lengthy statement, Atkinson implied that Trump’s decision to fire him was politically motivated.

“It is hard not to think that the President’s loss of confidence in me derives from my having faithfully discharged my legal obligations as an independent and impartial Inspector General and from my commitment to continue to do so,” Atkinson wrote.

Indeed, Trump’s abrupt decision to fire Atkinson, made Friday evening, led to accusations of political “retribution” against Atkinson for informing Congress about the Ukraine whistleblower. The complaint, which alleged that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine to investigate his political opponents, triggered Trump’s impeachment, which ultimately concluded with his acquittal in the Senate.

In a letter to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, Trump said on Friday that he “no longer” has confidence in Atkinson as inspector general, but did not explain why. On Saturday, Trump explained he fired Atkinson for delivering the whistleblower complaint to Congress.

“I thought he did a terrible job. Absolutely terrible,” Trump said. “He took this terrible, inaccurate whistleblower report and he brought it to Congress.”

However, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz responded to Atkinson’s firing by explaining that his handling of the Ukraine whistleblower complaint “was done ‘by the book’ and consistent with the law.”

Both Democrats and Republicans were upset over Trump’s decision. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the senior-most senator, said over the weekend that the White House must answer for Atkinson’s dismissal.

“Congress has been crystal clear that written reasons must be given when IGs are removed for a lack of confidence. More details are needed from the administration,” Grassley said.

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Breaking: Trump fires key intelligence figure that sparked Ukraine probe, Dems are already calling it ‘retribution’

President Donald Trump notified Congress on Friday evening that he was firing a key intelligence community figure that sparked the Ukraine probe, and Democrats rushed to call it unfair “retribution.”

“This is to advise that I am exercising my power as President to remove from office the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, effective 30 days from today,” Trump said in the letter.

Michael Atkinson served as the intelligence community’s chief watchdog and was the first to notify Congress about the whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry against the president.

The president said in the letter that he no longer had confidence in Atkinson and that he would be relieved of his duties in 30 days.

“As is the case with regard to other positions where I, as president, have the power of appointment, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as Inspectors General,” Trump added.

Democrats immediately pounced on the opportunity to accuse the president of politically motivated retribution.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) accused the president of trying to diminish the independence of the intelligence community.

“President Trump’s decision to fire Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson is yet another blatant attempt by the President to gut the independence of the Intelligence Community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing,” Schiff said.

“At a time when our country is dealing with a national emergency and needs people in the Intelligence Community to speak truth to power, the President’s dead of night decision puts our country and national security at even greater risk,” he added.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) defended Atkinson.

“Michael Atkinson is a man of integrity who has served our nation for almost two decades,” he tweeted.

“Being fired for having the courage to speak truth to power makes him a patriot,” he concluded.

Here’s more about the firing from Fox News:

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China is lying about COVID-19 death toll and confirmed cases, and the US intel community knows it

The Chinese government is underreporting the outbreak of the coronavirus in its country, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, three U.S. officials confirmed to Bloomberg News Wednesday.

The officials were not at liberty to discuss the details of the secret report, which was sent to the White House last week, but confirmed that the upshot of the report is that “China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete.”

Two officials told the news outlet that the report confirms that the communist country’s publicly reported numbers are “fake.”

As of Wednesday, China had reported about 82,000 confirmed cases of the virus resulting in around 3,300 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Those figures pale in comparison to the 190,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths already recorded in the United States.

During a press briefing Tuesday, Dr. Deborah Birx, a leading health official on the White House coronavirus task force, said that China’s public reporting, or lack thereof, greatly influenced how the officials responded to the outbreak within America.

Birx argued that any lack of preparation from U.S. officials happened due to them “missing a significant amount of the data” from China.

Since the very start pandemic in Wuhan, China, earlier this year, many have suspected that the country was misleading the international community about the extent of outbreak.

On Tuesday, a Wall Street Journal report cited a top Chinese health official who admitted that the country was not reporting cases in which an individual tested positive but did not showcase any symptoms.

Only a day earlier, Bloomberg News reported on new photos of the outbreak’s initial epicenter, Wuhan, which suggest that the death toll there is far greater — possibly by tens of thousands — than what’s being reported.