February 4, 2014

Three Sentences You Thought You’d Never Read

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:01 am

From a long report by the Washington Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz, whose deep national security-reporting resume goes back at least 20 years — three shocking, sickening, frightening sentences (among many others):

U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised.

You read that right: “helped produce the website.”

Oh, it gets worse:

Specifically, officials warned that programmers in Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, were suspected of inserting malicious code that could be used for cyber attacks, according to U.S. officials familiar with the concerns.

No bad-news rundown is complete without the nuking of yet another Obama administration claim:

(House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Mike) Rogers said he was especially concerned by the potential software vulnerability because a CGI executive, Vice President Cheryl Campbell, testified to Congress that all software work for the network had been done in the United States.

I guess Campbell’s statement would be true if they only outsourced the malware and hacking development to Belaurus (/gallows humor), or if the Belarusians involved did their work from computers in this country.

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