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Did Russia Interefere with the US Hacking its Own Election?

Reality Winner is such a great name. What she may win, for trusting the Intercept, and for apparently not seeing the reality of the bigger game being played, however, is jail time. The bigger game is the illusion of US democracy. 

In US elections, each county reports results as ballots are counted. There is no central computer to be hacked.  If the evidence Reality Winner leaked is from county vote systems and is Russian IP addresses, hackers already know that those will be seen in logs and that IP addresses can be falsified

The underlying US election problem is proprietary code (e.g. Microsoft MDAC) and backdoors in hardware used for electronic voting systems, plus a lack of paper recipts that allow a recount. The code we use for voting is not secure, many think on purpose.

The (voting) system also appears to use MDAC 2.1, or Microsoft Data Access Components, which was found in the WinEDS folder on the server. MDAC is code used to send information between a database and a program. 


MDAC 2.0 … This version had security vulnerabilities whereby an unchecked buffer could allow an elevated privileges attack. This was found some time later and it affected MDAC 2.1, 2.5 and 2.6 and was addressed in a later patched


With leaks of the voting software code from 2 of the 3 top companies (2003), it is easy for a programmer with access to a computer make the program show one vote on the electronic voting screen and then to record a different vote behind the scenes on the internal memory that gets counted. 

This blows non-technical people’s minds. 

A simpler demo: Click this link to Microsoft.com and it will go to Google.com.

With Microsoft code, as with network hardware, hacks and backdoors may already exist, courtesy of the US military industrial complex. Signals recorded from Russia could have been someone from anywhere in the world trying to expose fraud in the system. Perhaps Russia really was trying to monkey with the votes… perhaps at the same time the US government was doing the same thing. If you think that’s nonsense, prove it. The problem is, we, (the people of the US) can’t really know, because the US vote system’s details (hardware and software) are secret. 

A compromised machine would be expected to erase the hacking code so you most likely wouldn’t know what was changed, but if you checked carefully enough, you might tell that the machine had been compromised. There might be some trace, such as a blanked out log file, or a gap in the log file, or a timestamp anomaly. At the highest levels of hacking, there would be no trace. For any machines compromised, there should be a re-vote, but that needs to be done before the election is finalized.

The Justice Department announced charges yesterday against a federal intelligence contractor, Reality Leigh Winner, for allegedly leaking classified information about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election to an online media outlet, The Intercept. …

Staffers across the government have also been warned about using encrypted apps like Confide and Signal and told that they violate the Presidential Records Act. …
From 2008 until 2012, intelligence community contractors were afforded strong whistleblower protections through the American Recovery and Reinvestment of 2009.

However, Congress later eliminated whistleblower protections for these contractors leaving them few options other than to remain silent or make anonymous leaks to the press. This is why Edward Snowden famously leaked information about the NSA collection programs to the media; apart from a broken, ineffectual Presidential Directive, Snowden didn’t have viable options.


Reality Leigh Winner is an intelligence contractor with the NSA. On June 5, the world learned that Reality Leigh Winner, 25 — a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation working at a U.S. government facility in Georgia — had been charged with removing classified material. “She has been employed at the facility since on or about February 13, and has held a Top Secret clearance during that time,” a government criminal complaint stated. “On or about May 9, Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency, and unlawfully retained it.”

… Reality is believed to have given the material (info about the 2016 presidential election) to a news outlet. The Intercept used classified NSA information in a June 5 report that suggests that Russian military intelligence had attempted to hack into at least one voting software supplier in the United States before the 2016 election had ended. Reality is thought to be the one who provided the intel. …

Reality has strong opinions and is NOT a fan of President Donald Trump. Reality’s mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told the Daily Beast that her daughter is not a politically active person, but is “passionate about her views.” However, news outlets have already begun to pour over her social media accounts, and it looks like she does not like the president AT ALL. …

Reality Winner tweeted “have you ever met an Iranian?” at Donald Trump after he called them “SO DANGEROUS.”

Reality is fluent in several languages. Billie told The Guardian that the NSA contractor used to work as a linguist for the Air Force. Reality speaks Pashto, Farsi and Dari. …

She faces serious repercussions for her actions. Billie says the Justice Department was vague while informing her about her daughter’s arrest, however, based on the charges, it is reported she could face 10 years in prison if convicted.


Perhaps the current president spent a lot of money on a crack team to hack the election out from under the usual hackers and his team disliked Russia so they used Russian IPs as the source of their work. Perhaps it was aliens. The real problem is, WE don’t know the real reality, Reality.

If you want democracy, open source the voting code and provide hard copy receipts for all electronic voting. Hold random recount checks for verification. It can be done. 


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10 thoughts on “Did Russia Interefere with the US Hacking its Own Election?

  1. I don’t have strong feelings about the prosecution of the leaker here. Of course the government has every right to prosecute violations of the Espionage Act, and it sounds like they have a pretty strong case. All I can say is that the name Reality Winner could not be more perfect for the latest player in the ongoing Trump drama.

    I’m far more out interested in the contents of the leak itself. According to this report, Russian operatives successfully hacked voting systems used in several large states, including the swing states of Florida and North Carolina. What, pray tell, did they do once inside those systems?

    The story all along has been that the intelligence community concluded that Russian interference in the election proceeded along two fronts: the hacking and release of internal DNC communications to embarrass Hillary Clinton, and a widespread propaganda campaign to benefit Donald Trump. There was no evidence, we were told, that the Russians had tried to actually hack voting machines or manipulate the tallying. But now the plot thickens considerably.

    Posted by typegiwoqac | 6 Jun 2017, 11:20 am
    • Agree about the contents being interesting. I don’t want her in jail, but it’s hard to make a case against that. A 25 year old with that level of clearance needs to have a bigger picture context to decide if she’s being a tool. My feeling is that, unlike Snowden, Winner is a political pawn in a game between waring mafias.

      Posted by Xeno | 6 Jun 2017, 11:39 am
    • What part of “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech or of the press” do you clowns not understand? The Espionage Act is comically unconstitutional which is why it wasn’t passed until 1917, four years after the banksters took control of the U.S.

      Posted by Real Lawyer | 6 Jun 2017, 1:45 pm
      • Further, our system is continuously being destroyed with the MSM news monopoly undermining the freedom of the press; FIRST Amendment, declared a necessity for our form of government. Those working against access to needed information and discussion of matters political and otherwise are attacking our system more than the alleged (but dubious) charges against Russia.

        Posted by marblenecltr | 6 Jun 2017, 4:29 pm
      • The Federal Reserve Act should be considered one of the momentous events in U.S. history. It changed virtually everything in society at some level by putting in place the mechanisms for corporate rulers to control the economy on a level that few people realize. Of course, they can’t control everything, but they’ve certainly come close. And, their true cleverness is in getting the majority of the ignorant population to believe it is a governmental entity (to direct anger at government instead of private shareholders) and, therefore, to not understand that a private corporation collects interest on OUR currency before we even get our hands on it.

        Posted by ashiftinconsciousness | 7 Jun 2017, 8:51 am
  2. Reblogged this on The Most Revolutionary Act and commented:
    “If you want democracy, open source the voting code and provide hard copy receipts for all electronic voting. Hold random recount checks for verification. It can be done.”

    Posted by stuartbramhall | 6 Jun 2017, 11:35 am
  3. The greatest increase in election fraud came with the deceitful complaints about hanging chads and followed by electronic voting machines. Back to paper ballots!

    Posted by marblenecltr | 6 Jun 2017, 4:22 pm
  4. Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
    Look at the smoke coming from that barbecue grill,! Don’t worry about your house, one hundred feet away, and in flames.

    Posted by marblenecltr | 6 Jun 2017, 4:35 pm
  5. Reblogged this on 1EarthUnited.

    Posted by 1EarthUnited | 6 Jun 2017, 6:22 pm
  6. I believe we’ve had election fraud for many years. The powers that be know they couldn’t simply change the results of every election they wanted because the people would have become suspicious and eventually figured out what was going on.

    However, the masses have been indoctrinated by corporate media so deeply by now that fraud is more easily perpetrated these days. Plus, since the rulers have not been heavy-handed in their election scheming they can flip an occasional election and their lap dogs in corporate media will convince the conditioned masses to believe it was just a surprise that no one saw coming. After all, these things happen on occasion.

    I’m sure we will have election fraud every year if “the people” don’t wake up and smell the corruption. If we refuse to take responsibility for our elections, they will continue to be nothing more than selections.

    Posted by ashiftinconsciousness | 7 Jun 2017, 8:43 am

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