Facts Force WaPost to Retract Viral Story on Russia Hacking US Power Grid — It was All Lies…(False Flag Coming!?)
January 2, 2017
Yet again, corporate media has been caught delivering Fake News, as the Washington Post — responsible for deeming the entirety of alternative media Russian propagandists and falsely claiming the U.S. Intelligence Community found Russian hackers responsible for meddling in the presidential election — boldly declared The Russians hacked Vermont’s power grid, putting the nation in peril.
But it just didn’t happen, the Department of Homeland Security says.
“While our analysis continues, we currently have no information that indicates that the power grid was penetrated in this cyber incident,” DHS assistant for public affairs J. Todd Breasseale said in a statement cited by Politico.
Although the Washington Post sounded the alarm with an article titled, “Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say,” suggesting the nation’s power supply stood at risk to be taken down, the outlet has since been forced to retract the claim — because, literally no evidence supports the assertion.
A note from the editor now graces the article, clarifying that, “An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid. Authorities say there is no indication of that so far. The computer at Burlington Electric that was hacked was not attached to the grid.”
City-owned utility Burlington Electric Department raised concerns after ostensibly discovering malware on a laptop — the same variety of malware listed as possibly linked to Russia in a disclaimer-laden report from DHS and the FBI — but the utility and DHS have since explained the computer was not connected in any way to the power system.
“A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials,” the Washington Post claimed, boldly adding, “it raises fears in the U.S. government that Russian government hackers are actively trying to penetrate the grid to carry out potential attacks.”