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Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in 2016 Presidential Election, Russia | 8 comments

CIA: Russia actively worked to help Trump win

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If this Washington Post story holds up it will mean that many of those who voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — or just against him — putting her 2.6 million ahead of him in the popular vote will question his legitimacy more than ever. And even though the GOP and Trump intend to govern as if they have a mandate, if proven true their having a mandate will only be accepted by those who voted for Trump. Despite all the denials by Russia, Wikileaks and Trump insisting there was no proof Russia was interfering we now learn this:

The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.

Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials.

Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances.

“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.”
It now also turns out that Congressional leaders were briefed and one top GOPer only expressed doubt about the info’s veracity:
In September, during a secret briefing for congressional leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voiced doubts about the veracity of the intelligence, according to officials present.

The CIA shared its latest assessment with key senators in a closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill last week, in which agency officials cited a growing body of intelligence from multiple sources. Agency briefers told the senators it was now “quite clear” that electing Trump was Russia’s goal, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

If so, they must be opening bottles of celebration in Moscow and figuring where else and how else to use these effective skills. However, Clinton also lost due to some poor campaign decisions. But the constant release of hacked emails and fake news was something we haven’t seen in past presidential campaigns: a foreign power intervening (with plausible deniability) to tip the scales in favor of one candidate.

If that wasn’t the case why weren’t any Trump campaign emails released? An obvious question…with an obvious answer.

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  • Shannon Lee

    Russia’s goal is to unstabilize the world. The election of trump is their biggest accomplishment to date.

  • dduck

    Like Romney said, they are our biggest enemy.

    • KP

      x2

      Remind me who laughed at him.

  • JSpencer

    Most republicans will be fine with this, just as Mitch McConnell is. Forget love of country, because love of fake news and hate of democrats comes first. One day the shit is going to hit the fan, unfortunately it’s going to impact all of us, not just those who caused it. Kind of like the Bush/Cheney War. Short memories and general madness…..

  • Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist

    If that wasn’t the case why weren’t any Trump campaign emails released?

    Or Trump’s income tax returns, or Trump’s own personal e-mails, financial records, RNC records, etc., etc.

  • Markus1

    I think that these reports make it unwise to reward Putin by appointing his friend as Sec. State.
    I think that overt intervention by foreign powers in American elections are unacceptable. I was also upset when Netanyahu stuck his nose in 2012.
    I am sure that foreign powers have their preferences, but we need to make it clear that actual involvement will not be tolerated.

    • dduck

      Yes X2

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    I think one night I went to sleep and woke up in an even more extreme version of LOTR than Tolkien could have ever dreampt of… I need the Ents, all of them…. forget the creepy kid they cast in lotr films. I want Mr. Baggins and all the hobbits to rise with their serious frightened bravery. And the Ents. Call out now, they must rise and come to our aid, as each day in unprotected Elflandia, where many of us live, we are unprotected from the moneybaggers and billiousbillionairez who are content to kill us and take our lands.

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