You would think that by now, after all the lies that we have been told by the US government in its efforts to take the country into various wars, we would all have a healthy skepticism when officials blandly assert without providing the evidence that some country that they perceive as the enemy is responsible for some action. And yet here we are, with the media accepting at face value the assertions by US officials that North Korea is behind the Sony hack.
North Korea may be the culprit but there are other plausible actors who have motives:
- A nation state, most likely North Korea
- Supporters of North Korean regime, based in China
- Hackers with a money-making motive
- Hackers or a lone individual with another motive, such as revenge
So surely we should ask for evidence and independent corroboration by outside computer experts before jumping to conclusions based purely on the discredited word of the US government?
Meanwhile North Korea has denied any involvement and taken the opportunity to take a jab at the US.
On Saturday, an unidentified North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman in Pyongyang proposed the joint investigation with the U.S., saying the North knows how to prove it’s not responsible for the hacking. He also said Washington was slandering Pyongyang by spreading unfounded rumors.
“The U.S. should bear in mind that it will face serious consequences in case it rejects our proposal for joint investigation and presses for what it called countermeasures while finding fault with” North Korea, the spokesman said in a statement carried by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA.
“We have a way to prove that we have nothing to do with the case without resorting to torture, as the CIA does,” he said, adding that the U.S. lacks any specific evidence tying North Korea to the hacking. [My italics-MS]
Yes, the North Korean government is needling the US for its human rights abuses.
The US has summarily rejected the call by the North Koreans for a joint investigation. “The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere, even though it knows the U.S. would never accept its offer for a joint investigation.”
But why shouldn’t the US accept this offer? If they think the North Koreans are bluffing, why not call them on it? Why not explore every avenue to get to the bottom of this?
The real problem is that the US media continues to uncritically accept anything said by the US government against its official enemies, however much they have been blatantly lied to in the past. It is a triumph of the propaganda system.