Spicer tamps down Trump hack talk expectations – is this why?
Two days after celebrity real estate mogul and future president Domald Trump tickled the lizard brains of the press by announcing he’d have a yuuuuge announcement about the hacking of political targets, Sean Spicer is lowering expectations:
“It’s not a question of necessarily revealing,” Spicer said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“He’s going to talk about his conclusions and where he thinks things stand. He’s not going to reveal anything that was privileged or was shared with him classified. I think he can share with people his conclusions of the report and his understanding of the situation and make sure people understand there’s a lot of questions out there. “
Trump said during a New Year’s Eve celebration on Saturday that he knows “things that other people don’t know.”
Trump did not offer details when pressed about what he knows, saying only that, “You’ll find out on Tuesday or Wednesday.”
Trump also said he knows “a lot” about hacking, adding that it is a “very hard thing to prove.”
“So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.”
Well, my own not-so-exclusive sources say that most hacking is NOT a very hard thing to prove for an experienced IT professional and/or forensic investigator, even if the hacker attempts to cover his tracks.
Just don’t tell the “official” media. It’ll ruin the whole narrative. Along with this story from CNN:
A top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump said Monday he thinks the Russians were involved in election-related hacking of the US — a very different view than that held by the incoming administration.
Former CIA director James Woolsey, an adviser to Trump on national security issues, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto that determining who was behind the hacks is difficult, but that he believes the Russians — and possibly others — were involved.
“I think the Russians were in there, but it doesn’t mean other people weren’t, too,” he said. “It’s often not foolproof to say who it is because it is possible and sometimes easy to hide your tracks. There’s lots of tricks.”
Asked if Trump is playing the media with his comments on who was culpable, Woolsey said it was a “possibility,” noting that Trump is an “expert in weaving around” on issues like this.
“Sometimes people may have been talking to somebody in the National Security Agency and have an idea that maybe it was one type of hacking rather than another,” he said. “I don’t think this is of substantial matter. I think it’s basically just dialogue back and forth.”
Woolsey’s comments come even as Trump and his aides continue to cast doubt on the links between Russia and recent hacks against Democrats, while US intelligence officials say that newly identified “digital fingerprints” indicate Moscow was behind the intrusions.
Mmmmmmmyeah — that’s gonna be a little problem for Mr. Trump.