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Why didn’t the CIA stop the Russians from hacking Facebook in the 2016 election?

By Christopher B. Daly 

American taxpayers pay a lot of money to fund the CIA, the NSA, and a host of other intelligence agencies. They are supposed to spy on our enemies and prevent them from spying on us.

What are we getting for our money? To judge by the latest revelations about Russian exploitation of Facebook ads to undermine our 2016 presidential election, the answer would have to be: not much.

I’ve got questions:

What did CIA agents know, and when did they know it? (The Russian campaign appears to date back at least as far as June 2016)

Why didn’t they combat it? Don’t we have counter-measures to this kind of cyber-mischief? If not, why not?

Why didn’t they notify Facebook?

Why didn’t they hold a news conference last year at Langley and raise holy hell — to alert voters in time for them to know that the election was under attack?

Why don’t the congressional intelligence committees demand answers to these questions (instead of leaving it to a blogger like me)?

Is there enough evidence of election tampering to start thinking about demanding a do-over of the 2016 election?

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Watching the watchers

By Chris Daly

The news about the news business is suddenly all-Murdoch, all the time.

I am struggling with my reflexive reaction to government meddling with journalism, which is to say: hands off. Murdoch is the one person in the news business for whom I might consider an exception. (And that is based not on his right-wing politics, but on his declared intent to destroy the NYTimes. That puts him in a different category — a destroyer or vandal of journalism.

[Aside: is it just me, or does it seem that the Times is on a mission to print as many unflattering, aging photos of Murdoch as possible?]

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So, it is with somewhat mixed feelings that I greet the news that Sen. Jay Rockefeller (who may actually be richer than Murdoch) has called on U.S. authorities to investigate the behavior (not the views) of all Murdoch employees in the United States for possible criminal actions. That would involve FOX TV News, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and other properties.

Here’s a story from The State, based in Rockefeller’s home state of West Virginia.

Stay tuned.

 

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