Friday, January 2, 2015

US using North Korea as propaganda tool against Russia, China

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Press TV | Jan 2, 2015

An American political commentator says the United States is using North Korea as a propaganda tool in its never-ending propaganda war against Russia, and China.

Eric Draitser, the founder of StopImperialism.com, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Wednesday while commenting on Washington’s latest accusations against North Korea.

American officials investigating last month's cyberattack against Sony Pictures are looking at the possibility that North Korea probably hired foreign hackers to carry out the massive strike, according to a US official who is close to the investigation team.

Investigators believe that North Korea possibly "contracted out" some of the cyber work since the country lacks the capability to conduct some elements of the sophisticated operation by itself, the official said on Monday. He was speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The statements from the FBI and the United States regarding the alleged complicity of North Korea in the cyberattack on Sony is, of course, an attempt to essentially distance itself, that is to say Washington distancing itself from the accusations it made no more than 48 ago hours regarding North Korea’s supposed direct involvement in this attack,” Draitser said.

“Essentially, what happed is [that] independent experts in the field, who have been privy to some of the information who have conducted their own investigation, have now come out publically stating the claim that North Korea was involved in this is not supported by the evidence,” he added. “There is no evidence pointing to that.”

The hack -- which has been described as the most devastating cyberattack on US soil -- has paralyzed Sony Pictures and led to the cancelation of a controversial comic movie, “The Interview,” which depicts the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

While US investigators are looking at the possibility whether North Korea Pyongyang enlisted help from foreign contractors, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) maintained that Pyongyang was behind the sophisticated attack.

“The United States has been spinning this issue for its own propagandistic purposes to further its own agenda in East Asia, the continued isolation of North Korea, and using this issue not only as the weapon against China and as a means for expanding the US hegemony in the region, but to drive a wedge between the growing alliances in Asia and to use North Korea as a propaganda tool in its continued propaganda war against Russia, and China,” Draitser noted.

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