Reuters has another report by anonymous officials without corroboration but which allegedly shows the area of disagreement among the intelligence agencies to be the reason the Russians did it, since obviously there is a flaw in assuming one knows the motivation – it was the weakest part of the story needing shoring up.
Yet, they make it obvious in the article that all the roads lead to that conclusion and they do it without presenting an ounce of proof or putting one name to these conclusions.
What they left out is that the news of the hacks is old news from two months ago being rehashed.
Russia might have tried to influence elections but we have no evidence.
Going back to when Wikileaks first came out with the DNC leaks, Jeh Johnson suddenly found evidence of Russia trying to hack US voting machines and threatened to take over the election. At the time, many believed Democrats were setting up their plan of opposition, which was that the Russians did it.
Hillary knew Wikileaks had more emails and much of it was very damaging. The rhetoric against Russia heated up.
Russian interference was predicted to be Plan B months ago and the story has evolved since it originated.
This next Wikileaks email from April adds to the idea that this was a Clinton Plan B. Don’t forget, one of Clinton’s tactics throughout the campaign was to say Trump was too friendly with Putin because he wanted to actually reset relations with him.
Podesta repeatedly lost his smart phone and the emails were found on Weiner’s laptop. These were not hard people to hack.
The Clinton campaign and allies said the Russians interfered in the election, suggesting they hacked it. Russians did not hack the electoral process. The only thing they could have hacked are the emails.
The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, told the House Intelligence Committee under oath in November that intelligence agencies lacked strong evidence linking Russian cyber attacks to the WikiLeaks disclosures.
What has changed? What has changed is the desire on the part of Democrats to overturn the election or at least put doubt on the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Barack Obama has a month to make life miserable and he will.
The article also quotes Senator John McCain, a traitor to the Republican Party, calling Reince Preibus a liar basically: “Actually, because Mr. Priebus said that doesn’t mean it’s true,” said McCain.
Below are excerpts from the Reuters article about the uncorroborated covert report as detailed by anonymous officials given to us third hand through a left-wing media. We emphasized those lines we thought needed special attention.
The overseers of the U.S. intelligence community have not embraced a CIA assessment that Russian cyber attacks were aimed at helping Republican President-elect Donald Trump win the 2016 election, three American officials said on Monday.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence does not dispute the CIA’s analysis of Russian hacking operations but it hasn’t endorsed the assessment because of a lack of conclusive evidence that Moscow intended to boost Trump over Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, said the officials, who declined to be named.
An ODNI spokesman declined to comment on the issue.
The only area of disagreement is they “can’t prove intent,” said one of three anonymous officials. They said the FBI declined to accept the CIA analysis for the same reason.
Reuters mentions that congressional leaders are calling for an investigation of the secret CIA report and Obama has ordered a fast review.
The CIA reported that the intention was to sway the vote for Trump because the targeting of Republican organizations diminished by the end of the summer and focused on Democratic
Obama last week ordered intelligence agencies to review the cyber attacks and foreign intervention in the presidential election and to deliver a report before he turns power over to Trump on Jan. 20.
The CIA assessed after the election that the attacks on political organizations were aimed at swaying the vote for Trump because the targeting of Republican organizations diminished toward the end of the summer and focused on Democratic groups, an other anonymous, senior US official told Reuters. Only Democrat emails were released so the ODNI said it was a thin reed to base an analytical judgment, the anonymous official said..
Republican Senator John McCain said on Monday there was “no information” that Russian hacking of American political organizations was aimed at swaying the outcome of the election.
“It’s obvious that the Russians hacked into our campaigns,” McCain said. “But there is no information that they were intending to affect the outcome of our election and that’s why we need a congressional investigation,” he told Reuters.
McCain questioned an assertion made on Sunday by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, tapped by Trump to be his White House chief of staff, that there were no hacks of computers belonging to Republican organizations.
“Actually, because Mr. Priebus said that doesn’t mean it’s true,” said McCain. “We need a thorough investigation of it, whether both (Democratic and Republican organizations) were hacked into, what the Russian intentions were. We cannot draw a conclusion yet. That’s why we need a thorough investigation.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes wasn’t happy with Clapper and noted that in November he testified that intelligence agencies lacked strong evidence linking Russian cyber attacks to the WikiLeaks disclosures.
Congressional investigations are not the way to go. They involve years of partisan blowhards making their bones bloviating. What we need now is for Barack Obama to release the intelligence. Let’s see these reports because trusting anonymous sources, third parties, biased partisan congressmen, just doesn’t work anymore. US intelligence agencies have been known to lie and get things wrongs so let the American people judge for themselves.
If Russia attempted to influence the US elections, then let’s see the evidence.