What Happened to “We Don’t Negotiate With Terrorists?” – Biden Admin Approves Ransom Payment to Russian Hacker Group
At first, we thought that Colonial Pipeline had not paid the ransom. This restored a tiny amount of faith that we did not have in the Biden administration. As it turns out, our faith was misplaced and things are what they have always seemed. The great compromise king bent over once again.
We were lied to and now we want to know how the Feds were able to successfully facilitate a ransom payment. This does not seem like an easy task from where we are sitting. Did the Biden administration stand in opposition to the idea before the folks at Colonial Pipeline told him that they needed to bend? This is a question that seriously needs answering.
Team Biden may have also encouraged them to pay up, for all we know. The whole thing seems to be shrouded in a great deal of mystery, which is to be expected. If a ransom was paid, the last thing that Biden or his team would want to do is make sure that the American people knew all about it.
Someone somewhere is okay with bribing those who commit acts of cyber terrorism. Colonial management could be responsible or Biden might be in the mix. It is hard to say but there is sure to be a lot of speculation. This speculation is being fueled by Biden and he knows it.
“Joe Biden smirks and says “no comment” on if Colonial paid hackers ransom for the pipeline attack, and if he was briefed,” Tommy Pigott shared on Twitter. This “wily” old man might think that it is funny to allude to bribing terrorists but we do not. This is not humorous to any red-blooded American.
CNN published their own bit of fiction about the hackers and how they were left empty-handed. How did they avoid paying off the hackers? According to CNN, “by leveraging the attackers’ use of intermediary servers within the United States to store the stolen information.” We need to know where this account is coming from.
Bloomberg claims that things played out much differently:
“Colonial Pipeline Co. paid nearly $5 million to Eastern European hackers on Friday, contradicting reports earlier this week that the company had no intention of paying an extortion fee to help restore the country’s largest fuel pipeline, according to two people familiar with the transaction.
Joe Biden smirks and says "no comment" on if Colonial paid hackers ransom for the pipeline attack, and if he was briefed.pic.twitter.com/iLAxBuMv6d
— Tommy Pigott (@TommyPigott) May 13, 2021
The company paid the hefty ransom in difficult-to-trace cryptocurrency within hours after the attack, underscoring the immense pressure faced by the Georgia-based operator to get gasoline and jet fuel flowing again to major cities along the Eastern Seaboard, those people said. A third person familiar with the situation said U.S. government officials are aware that Colonial made the payment.
Once they received the payment, the hackers provided the operator with a decrypting tool to restore its disabled computer network. The tool was so slow that the company continued using its own backups to help restore the system, one of the people familiar with the company’s efforts said…
Biden White House: It’s a “private sector decision” as to whether a ransom will be paid to bring the Colonial Pipeline back online pic.twitter.com/6p59SDYgdS
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 10, 2021
“They had to pay,” said Ondrej Krehel, chief executive officer and founder of digital forensics firm LIFARS and a former cyber expert at Loews Corp., which owns Boardwalk Pipeline. “This is a cyber cancer. You want to die or you want to live? It’s not a situation where you can wait.”
This definitely goes a long way towards explaining the curious response from Team Biden. When Biden was asked directly about the situation, he claimed that this was “a private-sector decision”. In most instances, you would expect the government to flex a little bit and say that they are not going to negotiate with terrorists.
Biden says the White House doesn't believe the Russian government was involved in the Colonial Pipeline attack, but the attackers are based in Russia pic.twitter.com/YGhYCD9Dlq
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 13, 2021
Colonial Pipeline may have also made the payout already, so Biden’s hands could have been tied. Let’s face it, though. Biden is not exactly the most trustworthy person on these things and we know that he is not above negotiation with terrorists. It’s not like he was going to call Putin and get tough with him! The mean orange man would have, though…..