March 9, 2017
The one thing in the recent Wikileaks drop that was indeed a game-changer is the reveal that the CIA has a program not only to cover their own hacking tracks, but to frame other states for their own hacking.
This is leading to a wee bit of backtracking over in gay-old Deutschland.
Berlin is not accusing Russia of interfering in the electoral process in Germany and the creation of fake news, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has told a press conference in Moscow.
When asked by a reporter to comment on German media allegations that Moscow was behind the creation of fake news and alleged interference in the country’s electoral process, Gabriel said the government would not make such claims.
“The German media bear their own responsibility… The federal government does not make such accusations,” Gabriel said.
“I’m speaking only for it [the federal government],” he stressed.
“I think you’re right,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, making his German counterpart laugh.
Speculation that Russia could allegedly influence foreign elections surfaced last year, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel claiming that Moscow might attempt to affect the 2017 general elections in Germany through cyberattacks.
“We already know that we have to deal with reports from Russia or also with cyberattacks from Russian sources or even with the reports from which we are confronted to some extent with false information,”Merkel said at a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in November.
“To deal with this is our daily task and therefore it… will also play a role in the elections,” she added.
Yeah, Merkel publicly accused Russia, now Germany is saying they never did that, that it’s the media doing it. Even though the German government controls their national media to a degree that can only be compared to like, North Korea.
But yes: this is a result of Wikileaks.
At this point, accusing Russia of anything cyber-related is now totally ridiculous. I mean, it always was, but now the average man on the street is aware of how ridiculous it is.
Slowly, slowly, walk it back…
Those clouds are all going to disappear.