“How the Department of Homeland Security Created a Deceptive Tale of Russia Hacking US Voter Sites”
Gareth Porter, Consortium News, August 28, 2018
DHS compiled an intelligence report suggesting hackers linked to the Russian government could have targeted voter-related websites in many states and then leaked a sensational story of Russian attacks on those sites without the qualifications that would have revealed a different story. When state officials began asking questions, they discovered that the DHS claims were false and, in at least one case, laughable.
The National Security Agency and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigating team have also claimed evidence that Russian military intelligence was behind election infrastructure hacking, but on closer examination, those claims turn out to be speculative and misleading as well. Mueller's indictment of 12 GRU military intelligence officers does not cite any violations of U.S. election laws though it claims Russia interfered with the 2016 election.
Porter's view is that the Department of Homeland Security is trying, by means of a sketchy publicity campaign, to establish its credentials as the primo defenders of America's computers and networks “despite its limited resources for such responsibility.”