Saturday 31 December 2016

John McAfee Shuts Down FBI Claims Of Russian hacking

John McAfee

He called the FBI’s claims of the Kremlin hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta a “fallacy”.

Speaking to host Larry King on RT America, he said any number of agencies could have been behind any interference.

“When the FBI or when any other agency says the Russians did it or the Chinese did something or the Iranians did something – that's a fallacy,” said McAfee.

“Any hacker capable of breaking into something is extraordinarily capable of hiding their tracks. If I were the Chinese and I wanted to make it look like the Russians did it I would use Russian language within the code.

“I would use Russian techniques of breaking into organisations so there is simply no way to assign a source for any attack – this is a fallacy.”

He argued the report was part of a ploy to “manipulate our opinions”.

The computer programmer said: “This is what the FBI and other agencies want us to believe so that they can manipulate our opinions, but I can promise you – if it looks like the Russians did it, then I can guarantee you it was not the Russians.”

McAfee said it was no longer possible to keep “secrets” in the online landscape and suggested other countries already had access to classified information.

Our government wants to say 'well we have secrets we must protect' – there are no secrets anymore,” he said.

“If the US Government believes the Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians do not already have all of our secrets because of their hacking technologies, then our government is deluding itself.”

The 71-year-old also accused the US Government of hacking influential figures within the US itself.

He said: “I have no privacy and neither do you, Larry. If you think that just because you're not a political activist or not speaking out against a government agency that they may not be looking into your life – I know that they are.

“Why? You are an important person, you influence millions of Americans, so of course, they want to know what you're thinking, what you're doing, who your friends are and what you're saying – and I'm not being paranoid – this is just that facts of life as it exists today.”

The comments come as Barack Obama’s administration ordered the expulsion 35 Russian diplomats.

The Kremlin has branded the sanction “unlawful” and has long denied any kind of hacking action during the US election.



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