Russian hackers infiltrated Republican data but didn’t leak any of the information, FBI Director James Comey told Congress Tuesday.
“There was evidence of hacking directed at state-level organizations, state-level campaigns and the [Republican National Committee], but old domains of the RNC, meaning old emails they weren’t using. None of that was released.” - Comey
He also said there was no sign hackers had targeted current RNC computers or the Trump campaign. Read more
Five Ways Trump’s “News Conference” Wasn’t a News Conference
Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press.
They want total control. That’s why Trump’s so-called “news conference” on December 11 – the first he’s held in six months – wasn’t really a news conference at all.
1. Trump refused to answer questions from reporters who have run
stories he doesn’t like, or from news outlets that have criticized him. This is a blatant attempt to control the news media by making them reluctant to run negatives stories about Trump for fear they’ll be frozen out.
2. He loaded the audience with paid staffers who cheered his statements
and jeered at reporters. Never before has a president-elect or president held a news conference larded with paid staffers, designed to give the impression that the media are divided between those who support him and those who criticize him.
3. He continued calling the media “dishonest.” This is part of Trump’s continuing effort to discredit the press and to reduce public confidence in it.
4. He condemned individual news outlets. Trump criticized CNN for dispensing “fake news,” called Buzzfeed “a
pile of garbage,” and sarcastically called the BBC “another beauty.”
5. He repeatedly lied, and the media in attendance weren’t allowed to
question him on his lies. A sampling of Trump lies from his “news conference”:
(1) “It’s very familiar territory, news
conferences, because we used to give them on an almost daily basis.” Wrong. His last news conference was July 27.
(2) Trump claimed credit for Chrysler and Ford
announcing more production in the U.S. Wrong. Sergio Marchionne, the Fiat Chrysler
chief executive, said Chrysler’s plan had been in the works for more than a year and had nothing to do with
Trump. Marchionne credited the decision to talks with the United Auto Workers.
Ford’s decision to expand in Michigan rather than in Mexico had mostly to do
with the company’s long-term plans to invest in electric vehicles. It’s easier
for companies to find highly skilled workers to build new products, such as
electric cars, in the United States than in Mexico.
(3) “When we lost 22 million names and everything
else that was hacked recently, [the press] didn’t make a big deal out of that.” Wrong. The Chinese hack of 22 million accounts
at the Office of Personnel Management was front-page news.
(4) “The Democratic National Committee was totally
open to be hacked. They did a very poor job. … And they tried to hack the
Republican National Committee, and they were unable to break through.”Wrong. FBI Director James B. Comey said there was evidence that Republican National Committee domains were also targeted
but none of the information that may have been obtained was leaked. Comey said
that the Russians “got far deeper and wider into the [DNC] than the RNC,”
adding that “similar techniques were used in both cases.”
(5) “I have no deals that could happen in Russia,
because we’ve stayed away. And I have no loans with Russia.” Wrong. Trump repeatedly sought deals in
Russia. In a 2008 speech, Donald Trump Jr. said “Russians make up a pretty
disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” and “we see a lot of
money pouring in from Russia.”
In short, Trump’s first news conference as president-elect – his first news conference in six months – wasn’t a “news conference” at all, and
shouldn’t be called one.
It’s another example of Trump’s attempt to control the media. Trump isn’t even president yet, but he’s
already eroding our democracy.
Red: She’s breathtakingly unattractive, but she’s worth over $40 million– the only Vermeer in private hands.
Liz: That’s considered a masterpiece?
Red: Last night, I got up for a scoop of orange sherbet, and she caught my eye. I just stood here in the dark squinting at her. Poor thing ruined my appetite. Even after I went back to bed, all I could hear was the hideous music she must be playing. Didn’t sleep a wink.
Liz: Why did you buy it?
Red: Oh, my God, no. She’s not mine. She belongs to some hedge-fund manager who lives here.
Liz: I thought you lived here.
Red: Well, for now. The owner’s been on vacation ever since the SEC started its investigation. I’ve never met the man, but his housekeeper is an old friend. Please.
Red: Do you have any idea how much the US government has spent on signals intelligence in the past year?
Red: Your country has become a nation of eavesdroppers– frequency domains, triangulation, satellites, crypto-whatever. You’ve forgotten that what matters most is human intelligence – alliances, relationships, seduction. Madeline Pratt is a master at –
Liz: Madeline Pratt? Madeline Pratt –
Red: Is a thief and a woman of singular talents.
Liz: And now you want something of hers and you expect the FBI to help you get it.
Red: It was the right decision not to have the baby.
Liz: What did she take from you?
Red: I’m sorry for your suffering.
Liz: Madeline Pratt. How do we find her?
Red: Finding her is easy. Catching her is difficult. Luckily, she’s asked me to help her plan a heist.
Liz: To steal what?
Madeline Pratt S1E14
I love these verbal battles between Red and Liz. He pushed her about the adoption, and Liz pushed back using Madeline. I do wonder if Liz will ever break again, like she did in the hand holding scene in Gina Zanetakos. I like strong Liz, but I have to admit I love the Red who shows his very caring side when consoling her. Better yet, I want to see Liz console him - I wish she could have heard the story he told Madeline. I find it interesting that both Liz and Red confided in other people in this episode - Liz telling Ressler about her fear of Tom leaving her, and Red telling Madeline about his daughter. They are close but don’t won’t the other to see them weak. Comments?