A top intelligence official under President Obama, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, says that the chances Hillary Clinton's private emails were hacked is "very high." Flynn, who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency but is now retired, called it hackings "likely."
Flynn made the comments to Megyn Kelly last night on Fox News:
"As a military officer, if I said I was doing something for convenience's sake to the soldiers that I was leading and it was solely for my convenience instead of their, you know, their welfare, I should be relieved of duty. I would expect to be fired," Flynn said. "You know, it's one of those things where if it doesn't feel good it probably isn't. And this one doesn't feel good to me."
Kelly asked, "What do you think the odds are that the Chinese, the Russians hacked into that server and her e-mail account?"
"Very high," Flynn said without hesitation. "Likely."
"Yep. Likely. They're very good at it. China, Russia, Iran, potentially the North Koreans. And other countries who may be 'our allies' because they can."
Flynn said we "all ought to be asked" about Hillary Clinton's emails and the security surrounding her private account.
In an email sent out this morning to customers, Anthem president and CEO Joseph Swedish addresses the cyberattack on the insurance company he runs. Swedish also reveals that his information was hacked too, not just the information of millions of customers.
President Obama said the hacking of Sony was an act of "cyber vandalism," and not an "act of war." He made the comments in an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, according to a transcript provided by the network.
CROWLEY: Do you think this was an act of war by North Korea?
December 17 was already an important milestone for the North Korean regime: It’s the day the “Dear Leader,” Kim Jong-il, died in 2011, opening the way for his son Kim Jong-un to succeed him as absolute dictator. That anniversary was marked Wednesday with commemorations to signal the end of a traditional three-year period of mourning and the emergence of Kim Jong-un as a leader in his own right.
In October 1940, Americans flocked to movie theaters to see Charlie Chaplin's TheGreatDictator, mocking the most powerful tyrant on the globe. In December 2014, movie theaters and then the production company cancelled the release of TheInterview because of threats of terror from a tinpot, though totalitarian and evil, tyrant who rules a weak and decrepit nation.
Since the hacking of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, etc., and the Mandiant revelations about China’s PLA Unit 61398, the media and Internet have exploded with talk of our reaching a “tipping point” in cybersecurity (or not, depending on the point of view). We’re, in fact, long past the “tipping point”: what Mandiant had to say about Chinese hacking was actually old news to those who follow things cyber.