NSA Director Michael Rogers: Never Doubt That The Election Was Sabotaged By A Foreign Government

The Week reports:

Adm. Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command, spoke at a Wall Street Journal forum on Tuesday, and much of the focus of his discussion with WSJ Deputy Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Blumenstein was about joining government and business to fight the scourge of cyber crime. The number of hackers is “so large and diverse” that it’s difficult to identify the perpetrators, he said, but roughly two-thirds of them are criminals looking to earn money from stealing personal information, and the remaining third are state-sponsored hackers.

But Blumenstein also asked Rogers about WikiLeaks, and the slow and steady leak of emails stolen from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s gmail account. “There shouldn’t be any doubts in anybody’s mind: This was not something that was done casually, this was not something that was done by chance, this was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily,” Rogers said. “This was a conscious effort by a nation state to attempt to achieve a specific effect.”

  • Blake Jordan

    One of the many, many reasons why the presidency should be given to Sec. Clinton by the Electoral College voters… or the Election Day (not the campaigning) run again, without the rigging!!!

    • gaymex1

      That would restore a great deal of my faith in the process.

    • GayOldLady

      As much as I’d love for that to be the outcome, it will not happen. We’re stuck with Trump until he pushes one too many alarms then we may see impeachment or maybe he’ll just resign, regardless we’ll be left with Pence.

      • Jeffrey

        I know its only a fantasy, but its all Ive got right now lol

        • GayOldLady

          We all have to keep hope alive.

      • Joe in PA

        Stop being reasonable dammit, my daydream/fantasy is finding massive voter fraud, Trump/Pence/Ghooliani/and especially KellyAnne put in jail! Oh, and the Trump kids.

      • IamM

        Legally the electoral college can elect any of I think the top five people running for president.

        Don’t get your hopes up too high, it’s never not elected the candidate who won the most electoral votes before and obviously this year they are mostly Republicans and if they fail to give anyone a majority it would fall to the House and or the Senate*, but it’s possible that enough of them will exercise their discretion and step up to reject Trump and Pence as unfit the way the GOP, the press, and the voters should have.

        *President and VP are two separate ballots. The Senate gets to choose the VP if the EC can’t decide on one while the House would elect the president in the EC doesn’t.

        • swimboy

          The electoral college can only select from the top three candidates based on electoral votes, not popular vote. Since none of the third-party candidates got any electoral votes, the EC can only vote for Trump or Clinton.

          That was why they made such a huge deal about McMullin in Utah. He had a chance to pick up Utah’s EV’s and be a contender in a contested EC.

          • IamM

            Ah, thanks. I knew they couldn’t elect just anybody.

        • 1876. The Compromise of 1877 allowed 20 disputed electoral votes to go to Hayes, instead of Tilden, in return for the ending of the military occupation of the South.

          • IamM

            Okay. Never in the last 138 years.

      • Acronym Jim

        Unless Pence pulls an Agnew, then we may get a modern day analogy to a Ford.

    • Craig S

      The concern about Trump will be nothing compared to the reality of ever having to say President Pence.

      • Blake Jordan

        Exactly, that is why the administration must be scrapped (the electoral college suggestion), not just Donnie impeached leaving LGBTQ+s and women stuck with a man that hates them so much!!!

      • My mom who is a good judge of character says that Pence is one of the biggest Xtian religious fanatics she has ever seen in her life. She says that Catholic people prolly should be afraid of him also he is that evangelical extreme.

        • NancyP

          Well, yes. He is also rumored to be dumb as a stump, more so than Indiana’s other dumb-as-a-stump VP, Dan Quayle.

      • pj

        he really has a hard on for gay people. and not in a good way. beware.

    • bill weber

      She has conceded. You can stop pimping now.

      • IamM

        It’s not about her. She’s just the best option out of the few people the electoral college is allowed to choose between.

    • If, between now and December 19th, the Trump transition shapes up as really scary enough to enough of those GOP electors, this could be a possibility. It would not be the first time that something remotely like this happened – look at 1876, though in that scenario, there were 20 disputed electoral votes that got “awarded” to the Republican in a deal that ensured to the Democrats an end to the military occupation of the Southern States.

      Perhaps, if enough irregularities are found, someone (with standing) might want to dispute the awarding of electors in key states to lead into a similar scenario. Or if enough Trump electors can be swayed, the outcome could be changed.

      The chances of this happening are slim, right now, but Trump does have until December 19th to show enough of his hand to do the necessary scaring . . .

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Murdoch owned Wall Street Journal. Damn that librul media! /s

  • Tom

    Someone please mash up this with Trumps 3rd debate comments denying Russian involvement and play it on a damn loop.

    • Chucktech

      Tell it to the fucking FBI.

  • Michael R

    I’d like to see a system where I can confirm my vote , not just have it disappear into a machine or in the mail , I’ve been told this can be done with mail in ballots .

    • djcoastermark

      Mail in ballots in Fla are trackable (?) on the county you are registered in on the elections office website. It will tell you when your ballot was received and if it was accepted. Accepted meaning your signature on the envelope matches the signature on file.

      • Chucktech

        That’s how I tracked my ballot. I know it was received and accepted.

      • The Return of Traxley

        But what does that guarantee if the margin of victory is large enough to deny a recount?

        What happens if someone fails to include those filed signatures?

        • djcoastermark

          As I under stand, if your signature does not match what is on file you are notified and given the chance to update your signature to allow the ballot to be cast.

          • The Return of Traxley

            But what if that all happens and the wind up in a shredder or some fascist enters a second stack of altered ballots?

            I know, I’m really going off the cliff here.

    • The_Wretched

      I’m less confident of the machines than I am the mailed votes.

    • kelven
  • Chucktech

    Let’s get real. There were plenty of domestic actors who are also responsible for this outcome, not the least of which is the MSM who hand their thumb on the scale, the egregious voter suppression in all the usual places, our (certainly now) morbid fascination with every goddam poll that crops up, and the coup de grace of 44% of eligible voters bothering to vote.

    • lymis

      Comey counts as a domestic actor who skewed the election.

    • The Return of Traxley

      All the nails. You hit them all.

    • PlutoAnimus

      Don’t forget that the General Public not only looked past Trump’s shortcomings and bad history, they never bothered to look at who Hillary Rodham Clinton really was, beyond the cliches.

      • Chucktech

        “Uhg, they’re both the same.” Jesus.Fucking.Christ.

  • Rex

    This needs to be investigated and not ignored. The democratic process has been compromised.

    • Chucktech

      …and not just by the Russians. We did a lot of this to ourselves.

    • Blake Jordan

      But with the rethuglicans in power, will they bother!?
      They know Russia helped them steal the election, so they are grateful!!!

  • Uncle Mark

    Sure, NOW you guys are talking about Russia’s interference in our election. We didn’t hear much from y’all about Trump’s dedicated server connection to the Russian Alfa bank server; in fact y’all were rather dismissive of that for some reason, but made much ado about Weiner’s devices possible harboring Hillary’s emails, including the alleged mystery one…tying Hillary to Benghazi terrorism.

    So much for you people doing your job in protecting this nation from threats both domestic and foreign. So why are you still employed?

    • Ursa de la courecel

      Right there with you, my friend. Boy no one wanted to say “Russia” some months back. Not in Serious circles. Goodness no.

      How quickly they forget, Blanche.

      • Uncle Mark

        Let’s face it; the village idiots that voted for Trump (much like their leader) couldn’t find the Ukraine, Crimea, Baltic States, Aleppo, or even Benghazi on a map…let alone even care about those nations/cities. Fox & Frauds were having orgasms over how strong and commanding Putin was, while claiming that Obama was wearing mom-jeans (when they weren’t calling Obama a dictator. Curious contradiction that.) Why should we be surprised that these lemmings wouldn’t be alarmed at the first hint of Russian interference in our elections?

        • Half of them can’t find Chicago on a map of the USA. Seriously. Not in the first 10 minutes unless there is yuge lettering that says the name of the city.

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    • The Return of Traxley

      Because as horrible as it sounds, paranoid me thinks there’s an element of our national security administration, from the CIA to the NSA to the FBI to Homeland Security to the military who have sympathetic ties to Russia. Their motivation: cash and the promise of greater power should Russia seize control of parts of Europe.

      There’s too much here to be coincidental. And it’s terrifying me. We could be facing a coup, a dictatorship as a satellite Russian state, or an outright nuclear war.

      Someone please talk me down.

    • bill weber

      There is no proof that we’ve seen that this flipped the election. Move on.

      • pj

        then i suppose its ok that it happened. we were denied an exceptional president because she had to deal with outside influences and the chump didnt. now for four years we have to deal with a toddler for four years.

        • bill weber

          It’s not OK. However…Do the Saudi princes who donated to her bullshit foundation count as outside influences? Howbout Goldman Sachs?

          • pj


          • NancyP

            What about Goldman Sachs? It’s the firm that is likely to provide our next Secy of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin?

            The stupidity, it burns.

          • Law

            They count as US allies.

          • Uncle Mark

            Bill and Hillary receive no income from the Clinton Foundation, and it has among the highest ratings from independent watchdog groups versus the Trump Foundation, which is currently under investigation since Trump has used it as a personal piggy bank on numerous occasions.

        • Todd20036

          There’s a reason I blocked this berned bro

          • pj

            feels good to engage them sometimes

      • TrollopeReader

        “”The US intelligence community is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails,” read a statement from the Department of Homeland Security. “These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process.”

        You really are rather clueless, eh?

      • Uncle Mark

        How quickly and rudely dismissive you are, yet you bring nothing to the table on this. Clearly it didn’t matter to you that the Russians were more than happy to work with Assange to hurt only ONE side of the election. You didn’t find it odd that Trump was bloviating about bombing this enemy or strongarming some other threats…yet took a very soft & gentle approach in dealing with Russia…even contradicting his running mate on how to handle them in a debate. While in the midst of all this had a pro-Russian campaign manager, as well as a dedicated connection to the Russian Alfa bank. How nice that none of this concerns you

  • sherman

    When is the official “Joe My God Group Hug”? I’m going to need some help getting through this. Each morning I wake up and before opening my eyes I’m thinking about the coming destruction.

    • Joe in PA

      And the hits just keep coming all day! ;(


    • Jake

      Bring it on in

    • Todd20036

      You say hug, I say orgy.
      Same thing emotionally, but mine is more fun

    • Acronym Jim

      You get a virtual hug from me. Don’t mind the tent in my pajamas, I just woke up.

    • Yeah… Waking up this morning to Ted Cruz being considered for AG… I vomited into my own mouth even before my morning coffee. SMH

    • karmanot

      You are always welcome here Sherman: https://adgitadiaries.com/2016/11/15/not-my-president/ ((( ))))

      • sherman

        Awesome article. Bookmarked the site. Thanks.

    • (((((((((((hug)))))))))))

      I have started wearing hijab for Niemoller reasons, even though I am not Muslim. They might come for me first, but I am standing with them, and with the immigrants, and with all my LGBTQ peeps.

    • Law

      Each morning I wake up feeling like puking and I promise you I am not fucking pregnant.

  • Sam_Handwich

    I’d like to hear from DiFi on this. She gets regular briefings.

    Is it just wishful thinking that Obama/Dems might have something up their sleeve to reveal in the next few weeks?

    • Joe in PA

      DiFi? Sorry, I’m a little slow in the morning. 🙂

      • Sam_Handwich

        dianne feinstein

    • KarenAtFOH

      Unless the Electoral College pulls an upset and installs the popular winner, there is nothing to stop the Cheetolini from massively disrupting our lives. For those of a certain age, we will likely be dealing with fallout for the rest of our lives.

      • stuckinthewoods

        Your last sentence is just what a friend said bleakly this morning.

  • The alt right part of the Trump movement (Gen Mike Kelly/Bannon) knows this, and are smirking now — although they won’t admit it publically, they welcome Russia’s help. The sad truth is that the alt right sees an Authoritarian Russia under a violently homophobic and socially regressive President Putin as an ally and a role model for the USA. Communist Bolshevik Russia was the enemy (Bolshevik to the alt right is code for Jewish). Orthodox Holy Russia the enemy of decadent Western values and defender of islamic expansionism is their ally. Putin’s iron fist approach to Chechnyan separatism (islamic) is music to their ears. Putin’s comic masculinity is something they admire. David Duke has claimed that Russia is one of the last bastions of the Aryan white race. The mainstream Republican Party is still wary of Russia.

    • TimCA

      Democracy and pluralism are signs of weakness. Our next president will try to fix these obvious shortcomings.

    • rusty57

      Which shows you the appalling ignorance of David Duke.
      The Russian people are Slavs, not Aryans.

      • McSwagg

        A few days back JMG posted a story about that white supremacist (I don’t remember his name) calling for a “new white homeland.” His list of acceptable Europeans include Germans, Slavs, and Latins. (emphasis mine) At the time, I thought it strange that he include Slavs and others in his list, but now I see the connection. I’m becoming more and more convinced with each revelation that Trump’s entire campaign was orchestrated by the Neo-Nazi supremacists from the very beginning.

  • Yixing’s Fluffer

    First meeting with Trump: So, do you love Putin? Because I sure as hell do. Bigly. Terrific. Beautiful.

  • Jerry Kott

    By a Foreign Government and our FBI.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    The news gets grimmer and more depressing every day.

  • This has nothing to do with the subject matter but the Warwick Rower’s 2017 Naked bare-assed Calendar for Equality from the UK has to be seen to be believed. Damn!

    • ChrisMorley

      Hideously white and middle class (posh boys).

      • The Return of Traxley

        ^^^There’s always got to be that guy.^^^

      • Not to be argumentative- actually they don’t seem posh to me at all. I have half my life in Richmond near Kew btw — I’m both a Brit and an American. Posh to me are Eaton or Harrow boys, and they don’t go to Warwick either — they go to Oxbridge or St. Andrews – places like that. They do not seem “middle class” in the traditional English sense either. Middle class in England (I am not sure about Scotland) means that your grandfather (you need two generations) may have been a high level vicar, professor, or doctor — certainly not a merchant. Their accents and demeanor make them plain old working class English boys — nothing fancy. Yes, and they are very white — but I find them quite handsome and they remind me of my straight friends in London who were great fun, very handsome, and very pro LGBT rights — and much more comfortable (and physical) with their gay friends like myself.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Bless you a million hard blessings for this

    • pj

      bits and bobs

  • GayOldLady

    Not only are we being subjected to the international terrorism of sabotaging our Presidential election, but soon we’ll be subjected to domestic Terrorism from our Congress

    Ryan Plans to Phase Out Medicare in 2017

    • pj

      that prick will have his nuts hung around his neck if he tries to take away medicare.

      • gaymex1

        What nuts?

        • pj

          point taken

  • bobbyjoe

    The terrible state of our US media is that we spent the last two years with case after case of verified hacking and interference in our election by Russia, Russia crows about this after our election, and, after a strange election result that’s widely different than about 90% of the polls and predictors, no one seems to be asking or genuinely investigating even the most obvious question.

  • Jerry Kott

    One thing many don’t comprehend is that it takes Courage to Speak Truth to Power. We are dealing with some serious dark forces. This Man risk much by speaking-thank you. Don’t expect the cowardly Democrats to stand up tall in the storm. They don’t want to rock the boat because it may put a ding in their personal Gravy Train.


  • Jack Murray

    I wake up every morning thinking it was just a nightmare…. caused by to much vodka and Cheetos.

  • bill weber

    Rogers spoke of “an attempt.”

    JMG’s headline is a typical lie. You Clintonistas really need to settle on ONE scapegoat.

    • danolgb

      If it upsets you so much, we invite you to stop visiting.

      • Ross

        I second that.

    • TrollopeReader

      I guess you don’t understand plain English: ““This was a conscious effort by a nation state to attempt to achieve a specific effect.””

      • bill weber

        AN EFFORT. Joe’s headline is “Was Sabotaged.”

        • LookielouE1707

          No contradiction there. If I jam a nail into your tire, but you successfully drive away because you had run-flat tires, it’s still true that I sabotaged your car. If you keep going til you’re driving on the rim, but you stay on the road, it’s still true that I sabotaged your car. And if your steering is wobbly because you’re driving on the rim, but it’s also wobbly because you suck as a driver, and you run into the ditch … I still sabotaged you, whether it’s clear or not that you would have wound up in the ditch without my help.

          Similary your claim that people need to settle on “one scapegoat” is idiotic reductionism – most disasters have many fathers. I haven’t seen enough of your writing to be able to say whether you ought to be smarter than that or not.

    • Martin

      Πошел на хуй.

      • TimJ

        My translate program got that pretty well, thanks.

  • boatboy_srq

    On the one hand,this does sound like grounds for contesting the election.

    On the other, now at least some US voters know what voters in the many countries where the US (through the CIA and other entities) “arranged” the “election” of friendly governments have been feeling for decades.

    • TrollopeReader

      but ‘murika !!

      • boatboy_srq


        Sucks to be treated like some third-world banana republic, dunnit?

        • TrollopeReader

          they say “ayuh” in SRQ ? !!

          • boatboy_srq

            I just LIVED there.

  • William

    Well duh. Anyone paying attention during the campaign knew that.

  • pj

    the leaks were unfair. what the fbi did was unfair. there was a thumb on the scale.

    • Xuuths

      Don’t forget the voter suppression.

  • Isn’t it interesting that this starts getting play a week after the election. Wonder who was sitting on this story.

    • Todd20036


      • Actually, I was thinking more in terms of part of our “free press.”

  • David L. Caster

    The electoral college could save us this time if it wanted to. It would be constitutional if it rejected Trump.

  • IamM

    You don’t need a bunch of elite mathematicians and hackers to figure that out.

  • HZ81

    But this didn’t rattle our media’s collective feathers. Nor Comey’s. Hillary emailing about weddings did.

    We’re fucked in ways we can’t even begin to understand yet.

    • Todd20036

      That could be a good thing under different circumstances.

  • Vietnam Vet

    Here is a piece by one of my American patriot heroes…..Bill Moyers…..slightly off-topic, but ….still (FAREWELL, AMERICA)

  • bob

    You think it’s bad now? Wait till they start doing online voting !

  • Dagoril

    …and yet the NSA did nothing to stop it. So much for National Security, when our enemies choose our leaders for us.

  • Bared Bear

    I’ve been in full out survival mode since last Tuesday. I thought that I hadn’t felt this gutted and angry since 9/11 with Dubya and shoot-‘em-in-the-face Dick smirking and loping around like hyenas over corpses and smoldering economies, but I think that this feels even worse. This feels bad. Yawning and empty and hopeless. Like the lonely, hunted, and segregated 80’s when the fetid talons of AIDS tore life away from friends and left me and one other as the only survivors in a pack of at least a dozen. Back when too few cared and too many could not judge and be cruel fast enough.

    In one night, we’ve been relegated from the shining promise that was President Obama (even though the Republicans made sure that our president was never to realize his full potential) to us now timidly scoffing and powerlessly raging, raging against the dying light. We’re all targets now for the swastika-striped, NRA-dildoing, Jesus-screeching, PTL-clubbing, P.T. Barnum targets. We’re now pushed back to the back seat and I just want to get off the bus.

    I’m bitter. I’m tired. Tired of this same shit replaying over and over again. We take the world and make it better for a few years after it’s been neglected, pillaged, and abused and then some fucking monster of humanity rips it out of our hands to molest it, rape away its dignity, and unload jizz on its face for a few years before kicking it back to us all whimpering and slick with their goo to console and fix.

    I’m feeling more and more like this country is a sham and a prison and a hopelessly insane mindfuck, much like Christianity felt when I was a teenager and I had to dump it or check out permanently. Thankfully, I finally realized that God was a monster made in man’s image and Jesus was a fantasy. The slight glimmers of hope just always result in a swift kick in face. I wish that I could just extricate myself from this country as cleanly as I pulled out of sock-puppet Jesus, but, unlike Osiris savior myth version 4.0 this country actual has physicality.

    I get that Fox news has permanently warped massive swathes of voters. I get that Republicans have been gerrymandering and rigging and intimidating over a long arch of history. But jesus fuck, did you have to be so complacent over the years, Democrats? If… “IF” this election was legitimately won, I think I’m… or hell, what does it matter? Even if it wasn’t won legitimately there’s not a damn thing that’ll be done. I just hope that I can survive. I just hope that I have enough money and time to get to Canada or someplace sane when they do something awful to cower us in our place, solidify their authority, and assure that no one dare defy them and their “patriotic” flag-pinned bullshit. I just hope that we all survive.

  • Mike Knife

    Translation, NSA and FBI Sabotaged the Election.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Now he tells us….not that we didn’t know already.

  • Sabotaged:
    * by a foreign government,
    * by the FBI,
    * by the antics of GOP jackals:
    * who have used “big lie” tactics for 25 years against Hillary Clinton, and
    * who succeeded in voter suppression laws in several key states.

    And despite this, HRC still won the popular vote.

    • Right now, many of them are claiming that Trump won the popular vote based on memes I’m seeing going around Facebook.

      Propaganda at its finest.

  • TallBearNC

    Then invalidate the election…and make everyone vote again

  • Red Ryder

    The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming ha ha ya right…

    • andrew

      The Russians are not coming here, but make no mistake about it, Trumps soft attitude toward Putin and weak support of NATO endangers the freedom of the Baltic States and all the former colonies of the Russian Empire. Putin’s goal is to reestablish that empire and taking part of Ukraine was just the first step.

  • JCF

    Does anyone else have the ominous feeling “get this down on hard copy, and hide it”? [I just watched last nights “Daily Show w Trevor Noah”: flashing back to his report of “How Donald Trump resembles a Third World Dictator” (of over a YEAR ago!), he concluded, “I’m not saying the U.S. is going to become a Third-World-style dictatorship—it could become much worse.]


  • B Snow

    He couldn’t have said this ten days ago?

  • Simple Truth

    Lol reading the comments is hilarious, i wonder how these people explain anything anymore when all the so called leaders are losers and still getting beat to death by simple algorithmic juggernauts that literally make the NSA look like a child.

    You should be Terrified of the 13 year old that stole all government employee data ALL and that an SF86 being electronic makes every loser working in the government a simple target.

    Russia ? Yeah thats so scary, wait till the next mass death is a computer nerd turning Airplanes off just cause he can or changing Sat Navigation enough to drop it onto a City creating a really movie like death scenario.