World Affairs Brief, August 11, 2017 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.

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This Week’s Analysis:

Trump’s Red Line on North Korea

Korean Military Forces: The Matchup

Will There be War with North Korea?

Trump Disappoints Congressional Republicans

The McMaster Controversy

Russian Hack was Physically Impossible over Internet

Preparedness Tip: Best Rechargeable Batteries



There were two fascinating stories relative to the false intelligence about the Russians hacking into the DNC email server in order to meddle in the US election. First the very credible Veteran Intelligent Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) ran an in-depth article on “New forensic studies that challenge the claim of the key Jan. 6 assessment that Russia hacked Democratic emails last year.” The key finding is this:

July 5, 2016: In the early evening, Eastern Daylight Time, someone working in the EDT time zone with a computer directly connected to the DNC server or DNC Local Area Network, copied 1,976 MegaBytes of data in 87 seconds onto an external storage device. That speed is much faster than what is physically possible with a hack.

Read the executive summary and their letter to President Trump explaining their findings here.

In another blockbuster story spiked by the mainstream media, a Russian hacker in prison in Poland has revealed that the CIA tried to bribe him to admit that he hacked into the DNC. He refused and is still in prison for it. The Gateway Pundit has the story:

Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin claims the FBI offered him money and citizenship if he would accept responsibility for the Clinton email cyberattacks. Nikulin is currently being held at Prague’s Pankrac prison. He claims Comey’s FBI offered him citizenship and a free apartment for taking the fall over hacking Podesta’s emails. Ray Starrman has more details at US Defense Watch.

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