Disinfo: Accusations against Russia of hacking the Bundestag follow the same pattern as accusations over the Salisbury poisoning

Summary

All these stories about a hacker Badin, who supposedly works for GRU are following the style of “highly likely” like they did with Novichok [attacks].

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It is a German attempt to distract the attention of critics and complete the construction of Nord Stream 2.

Disproof

Unsubstantiated claims obfuscating Russia's responsibility for cyber attacks on the German Parliament in 2015.

The Germany's domestic intelligence agency said Russia was behind a series of attacks on German state computer systems, including the German parliament in 2015. According to the reports of the German media, the federal prosecutor's office has issued an international arrest warrant against Dmitriy Badin, a hacker reportedly working for the Russian military intelligence service in relation to the cyber attack.

The pro-Kremlin media frequently use the moniker "highly likely" in reference to the Salisbury poisoning to mock the attempts of the British authorities to establish responsibility over the use of the military-grade nerve agent on the British soil. Moscow's involvement in the poisoning has been proven via a thorough investigation. The British Police have presented a solid chain of evidence with pictures, connecting the suspects to the locations in the case. The evidence was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals, Anatoliy Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin with the attack in Salisbury, both Russian military intelligence operatives from the GRU, who travelled to the UK using fake names and documents.

There is no evidence to suggest that the investigation into the cyber-attacks against the German Parliament is in any way connected to the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

The claims appeared in the same TV broadcast as allegations that Germany was trying to use the investigation into the cyber attacks as a pretext not to participate in the Victory Day parade in Moscow.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 199
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Germany
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Cyber
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Germany accused Russia of hacking the Bundestag either to advance the NordStream 2 or as a pretext not to participate in the Victory Parade

There are two versions of the events [regarding the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoning the Russian ambassador in relation to the cyber attacks on Bundestag in 2015]. Either they have a trump card, for example a photo of S.Naryshkin [the director of Russian Foreign Intelligence Service] awarding a hacker for the attack, or the Germans really want the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, against the wishes of the other Europeans and Americans. The Germans are facing an enormous pressure and must make some kind of reverences. And the reverences to Americans are always Russia-related. […]

And then there is a second reason, and I might be mistaken but I suspect it exists: the Russian envoy to Germany was summoned the next day after it was announced that Russia will hold a Victory day parade on the 24th of June. Earlier, it was discussed in Germany that it would be represented at a very high level, possibly the Chancellor, and now they have a pretext not to come.

Disproof

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The Germany's domestic intelligence agency said Russia was behind a series of attacks on German state computer systems, including the German parliament in 2015. According to the reports of the German media, the federal prosecutor's office has issued an international arrest warrant against Dmitriy Badin, a hacker reportedly working for the Russian military intelligence service in relation to the cyber attack.