December 2, 2016
The German mainstream media and ruling elites copy the anti-Russian paranoia of their American colleagues. They blame the Russian 'state-backed' hackers and media for all their current and future failures. As usual, with zero evidence.
There was a curious sequence of events in the past few days in Germany.
On Sunday, November 27, and on the following Monday around 900,000 routers of Telekom, Germany's largest internet provider, suddenly went offline blocking their users' access to Internet, Internet TV and phone services.
While agitated citizens kept plugging and unplugging their routers to install necessary updates, Telekom issued a statement where it said that the outage was due to an "attack."
The source of the attack was not named. By Monday evening the system resumed its normal work, but the concerned citizens stayed intrigued.
Next day, on Tuesday, November 29, Süddeutsche Zeitung published an interview with Bruno Kahl, the new chief of the main German intelligence service BND. Speaking to press for the first time since assuming the office five months ago, Mr. Kahl warned about the imminent danger of massive cyber-attacks coming from Russia. Kahl also blamed Russian hackers and the so called 'fake news', yet once again with zero evidence, for a number of things, including the outcome of the US election.
The BND chief said in that interview that the interferences in the US election provided some 'indications' of "certain traces" leading to Russia. “Of course, to attribute these [interferences] to a certain state player is technically difficult. But something (!) tells us that they were at least tolerated or desired on the state's side," Kahl was quoted by Süddeutsche Zeitung as saying.
Kahl did not stop there and extended the image of the almighty "Kremlin arm" to the upcoming German parliamentary elections due to be held in 2017. He accused the Kremlin of meddling in German "democracy".
In the event of Merkel's defeat, this interview would provide a convenient explanation as to why Mrs. Merkel's popularity plummeted. Not because of the current refugee crisis, but because of Russian cyber-attacks. Kahl said explicitly referring to Russian 'internet activities'.
"This danger will also come to the election in Germany in 2017… There are some indications that these cyber-attacks do not have any other purpose besides provoking political uncertainty",The irony of this innuendo by the BND chief is that it was published only a couple of days before WikiLeaks revealed on December 1, new details of how close the ties between BND and NSA really are. The 2,420 documents published contain a wealth of embarrassing information; for example one document states that a BND employee will use software of an NSA system "for searching and analyzing data collected through mass surveillance".
Curiously enough on the same Tuesday as the new BND chief warned about Russian cyber-attacks, Die Welt published an article titled 'Why the Traces of Hackers So Often Lead to Moscow'.
Please go the TheDuran to read the entire article.