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June 11, 2015

Shock: Government Lied When It Downplayed OPM Hack; Hackers Have Private Data On Most Federal Employees, Says Union

Wait, wait, wait. Let me see if I can follow this:

The Obama Administration initially lied for political purposes, claiming the hacking was not such a big deal. They hoped to establish the Narrative -- a false Narrative, a fiction, a lie -- in people's brains such that the spot in their minds reserved for "OPM Hack" would say "Not a big deal, not very important" and would serve to block any additional, contrary information from filling in that space.

They let this lie fester for weeks (as people's Social Security Numbers, TS clearances, etc.) were held in the hands of foreign hackers -- all because they were afraid of the political impact (which would be negligible) of the truth.

This doesn't sound at all like the Barack Obama Administration I know.

Why, he never dissembles with an opening, nothing-to-see-here lie in hopes that people will be bored by the story and will not be interested in follow up pieces.

And why would he try such a stratagem? It would surely never work on our media -- they're all diligent, expert geniuses with a laser-like focus on all important things. Just ask them!

So I'm perplexed.

UNION: HACKERS HAVE PERSONNEL DATA ON EVERY FEDERAL EMPLOYEE

BY KEN DILANIAN

AP INTELLIGENCE WRITER


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union said Thursday, saying that the cyber theft of U.S. employee information was more damaging than the Obama administration has acknowledged.

Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, said on the Senate floor that the December hack into Office of Personnel Management data was carried out by "the Chinese" without specifying whether he meant the Chinese government or individuals. Reid is one of eight lawmakers briefed on the most secret intelligence information. U.S. officials have declined to publicly blame China, which has denied involvement.

J. David Cox, president of the American Federal of Government Employees, said in a letter to OPM director Katherine Archuleta that based on OPM's internal briefings, "We believe that the Central Personnel Data File was the targeted database, and that the hackers are now in possession of all personnel data for every federal employee, every federal retiree, and up to one million former federal employees."

The OPM data file contains the records of non-military, non-intelligence executive branch employees, which covers most federal civilian employees but not, for example, members of Congress and their staffs.

The union believes the hackers stole military records and veterans' status information, address, birth date, job and pay history, health insurance, life insurance, and pension information; and age, gender and race data, he said. The letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

The union said it is basing its assessment on internal OPM briefings. The agency has sought to downplay the damage, saying what was taken "could include" personnel file information such as Social Security numbers and birth dates.

Sarcasm aside: Will the media ever call the Obama Administration on its unending psyops against the American public and the press?

Will they ever note this cheap hustler's remorseless dissembling?


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