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Ì don't mention Mr Obama's endorsements to test either "anti-American" or among French voters who may or may not be aware of his broadcasts this day. For, evidently, Mr Obama himself believes --regardless of his official posture and incumbent status as leader of the free world"-- that he can and should influence opinions of people the world over in the matter of who is best qualified to represent the state of France. He tweets like any man except he is not any man. Ipsa res loquitur.

I draw attention to Mr Obama's performance to illustrate the importance and spurious arguments which politicians have lately assigned to "meddling and interference" with the judgments of their constituents by aliens such as Mr Putin, thereby Mr Trump, but not Mr Obama nor any of his predecessors.

I remind you all that these aliens (except Mr Obama) possess preternatural powers to influence "free" press, "free" speech, "fake" news, controversy, and unauthorized propaganda in lieu of the actual democratic processes and institutions, chiefly, the right of any man to vote as xe will. For manifest corruption of the franchise that can quash competition among nominees and suppress free exercise of one's vote remains surely the prerogative of our national leadership.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun May 7th, 2017 at 05:43:59 AM EST
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It seems plausible that Obama and Macron agree abouv stuff, so I see no underhand motive or subterfuge in announcing his support. He has no particular political power, so there is nothing inappropriate in that. The US and French polities both value free speech (the parameters of which are variable, but which is nevertheless a thing). His support is of the same nature as that of any other celebrity : film star, sportsperson or whatever. Personally I hate that shit. But it's merely tiresome, not important or dangerous.

Putin met Le Pen; he has funnelled bank loans to the FN (the technique seems to be that these loans are subsequently ceded to failing banks, with the understanding that they need never be repaid). He seems to be the inspirer, almost certainly but unproveably the funder of the hacker teams that performed the successful phishing operation against Macron.

If Obama or anyone else is also pursuing black ops against Le Pen or anyone else in France, I'm interested in hearing about it. If you're looking, you should check out Médiapart, a decent investigative site, it's free today.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun May 7th, 2017 at 08:23:45 AM EST
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He seems to be the inspirer, almost certainly but unproveably the funder of the hacker teams that performed the successful phishing operation against Macron.

I'm still not quite sure why the Russians have to be behind every low level phishing attack. Maybe, maybe not but definitely not "almost certainly".
As Mig used to say -

The failure mode of the system of liberal democracy and economic liberalism is depression and fascism, for the second time in 80 years.

Which is exactly what is happening. Focusing too much on supposed external enemies can't be good for our chances to get through this.

by generic on Sun May 7th, 2017 at 09:46:34 AM EST
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Because any "low level phishing attack", such as those aimed at your average bank account, would end up with a 9 GB dump of documents on Pastebin? And the same "low level" phishers would of course activate recently created Twitter bots to spread the topic all over the place? (h/t Mediapart). At this point, even the presence of Cyrillic meta data among some of the "leaked" documents seems almost anecdotal (many criminal operations at the source of phishing attacks are based in eastern Europe, so it doesn't prove anything).

There are a few intelligence operations in the world with technological capacities way above your average hacker: according to B.Schneier, the Russian side seems to have taken the lead.

by Bernard on Sun May 7th, 2017 at 11:18:52 AM EST
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