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Here Is The Intel Report Accusing Putin Of Helping Trump Win By "Discrediting" Hillary Clinton
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Posted on 01/06/2017 1:20:53 PM PST by SeekAndFind
The farce is complete.
One week after a joint FBI/DHS report was released, supposedly meant to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Russia intervened in the US presidential election, and thus served as a diplomatic basis for Obama's expulsion of 35 diplomats, yet which merely confirmed that a Ukrainian piece of malware which could be purchased by anyone, was responsible for spoofing various email accounts including that of the DNC and John Podesta, moments ago US intelligence agencies released a more "authoritative", 25-page report, titled "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections", and which not surprisingly only serves to validate the media narrative, by concluding that Russian President Vladimir Putin 'ordered' an effort to influence U.S. presidential election.
Specifically, the report concludes the following:
We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russias goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.
What proof is there? Sadly, again, none. However, as the intelligence agencies state, "We have high confidence in these judgments"... just like they had high confidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
And while the report is severely lacking in any evidence, it is rich in judgments, such as the following:
- We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russias goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have high confidence in these judgments.
- We also assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trumps election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him. All three agencies agree with this judgment. CIA and FBI have high confidence in this judgment; NSA has moderate confidence.
- Moscows approach evolved over the course of the campaign based on Russias understanding of the electoral prospects of the two main candidates. When it appeared to Moscow that Secretary Clinton was likely to win the election, the Russian influence campaign began to focus more on undermining her future presidency.
- Further information has come to light since Election Day that, when combined with Russian behavior since early November 2016, increases our confidence in our assessments of Russian motivations and goals.
- Moscows influence campaign followed a Russian messaging strategy that blends covert intelligence operationssuch as cyber activitywith overt efforts by Russian Government agencies, state-funded media, third-party intermediaries, and paid social media users or trolls. Russia, like its Soviet predecessor, has a history of conducting covert influence campaigns focused on US presidential elections that have used intelligence officers and agents and press placements to disparage candidates perceived as hostile to the Kremlin.
- Russias intelligence services conducted cyber operations against targets associated with the 2016 US presidential election, including targets associated with both major US political parties.
- We assess with high confidence that Russian military intelligence (General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate or GRU) used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and DCLeaks.com to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks.
- Russian intelligence obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple US state or local electoral boards. DHS assesses that the types of systems Russian actors targeted or compromised were not involved in vote tallying.
- Russias state-run propaganda machine contributed to the influence campaign by serving as a platform for Kremlin messaging to Russian and international audiences.
- We assess Moscow will apply lessons learned from its Putin-ordered campaign aimed at the US presidential election to future influence efforts worldwide, including against US allies and their election processes.
Or, as some have stated, just a regurgitation of already existing opinions and absolutely zero facts.
Some more highlights:
- Moscows influence campaign followed a Russian messaging strategy that blends covert intelligence operationssuch as cyber activitywith overt efforts by Russian Government agencies, state-funded media, third-party intermediaries, and paid social media users or trolls.
- We assess Russian intelligence services collected against the US primary campaigns, think tanks, and lobbying groups they viewed as likely to shape future US policies. In July 2015, Russian intelligence gained access to Democratic National Committee (DNC) networks and maintained that access until at least June 2016.
- Russian Propaganda Efforts. Russias state-run propaganda machinecomprised of its domestic media apparatus, outlets targeting global audiences such as RT and Sputnik, and a network of quasi-government trollscontributed to the influence campaign by serving as a platform for Kremlin messaging to Russian and international audiences. State-owned Russian media made increasingly favorable comments about President-elect Trump as the 2016 US general and primary election campaigns progressed while consistently offering negative coverage of Secretary Clinton.
Meanwhile, in Russia:
There is much more in the full report below, although unfortunately, no actual proof (link).
TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; Russia
KEYWORDS: dnc; election; elections; fakeintelligence; fakenews; fakereport; hacking; hillary; podesta; putin; russia; trump
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goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.
Seems to me the Democrats did a pretty thorough job of that themselves.
RE: DISCREDITING HILLARY CLINTON
Jack Kerwick of Townhall describes it nicely...
if the Putin government had hacked away at the DNC email, wouldnt a man who is supposed to be as big of a thug as everyone says Putin is want to exploit all of that information to blackmail Hillary Clinton and her party?
It would have made eminently good sense for a master conniver like Putin to help Clinton win so that he could exert control over the American presidency for the next four or eight years.
On the other hand, if, as Democrats like Obama assure us, the hacked emails were boring, then why would a heavy-hitter like Putin even waste his time with them? If they were so unremarkable, then how did they manage to undermine trust in the Democrats and tilt the election in favor of Trump?
The Democrats cant have it both ways here: If the DNC/Hillary emails were dull, then there wouldve been no point for the Russians, or anyone else, to have hacked them, for no one is going to care about dull emails. If, though, the Russians or anyone else went through the trouble of hacking and releasing these emails with an eye toward catapulting to victory a candidate who was the Underdog of all underdogs, and if this strategy worked, then the content of those emails must have been anything but boring.
What was “discovered” simply CONFIRMED what any well informed voter already knew about Hillary Clinton. With or without Russia’s attempt at “discrediting” her, her record is already a DISCREDIT to herself.
Trump is an advocate of U.S. power.
Hillary is a Howard Zinn / Saul Alinsky Progressive.
Putin has had free reign with little opposition from the U.S. during the Obama/Clinton/Kerry regime.
Why would Putin want Trump over Hillary?
The most blatant false flag since the Reichstag Fire.
What is clear is that the Rats want to discredit Trump’s very comfortable victory and allow the Globalists the chance to declare nuclear war on Russia.
Given how easy Trump won in the end , there was never any need for external agents to help out . Nor is our security so weak that some guy sitting in his moms basement in the Kremlin could breach it . This was an inside job .
posted on 01/06/2017 1:27:28 PM PST
(America First !)
posted on 01/06/2017 1:29:31 PM PST
by 1Old Pro
It appears a clear signal that all hackers are free to have at it. Everything will be blamed on Russians.
So Putin made Trump electable. Maybe the DNC can get some pointers from the Russians on how to make a candidate more electable to a broader electret. I wonder if it caused Putin more to elect Trump than it cost the DNC to fail to elect Hillary. Exit question: are the Russians now the beat campaign IU g managera in all of the United States?
To: Buckeye McFrog
Suppose a family member is about to marry a person you suspect of being a cheat and a no good philanderer.
Somebody discovered evidence of this and informed you ... what should be the right thing to do? Not inform the family member, or tell him.her what you discovered (i.e., the truth )?
In the above illustration ...
Replace “family member” with the “American Voter”
“Somebody” with Russia (or Wikileaks)
and “person” with “Hillary Clinton” and you ought to get the idea.
There should be no doubt that the Russians (and several others) had the interest and the means to hack the DNC and Podesta emails (and many, many other high-value American government and corporate targets).
There should be little doubt that the Russians actually DID hack the DNC and Podesta emails.
There should be quite a bit of doubt that the Russians fed the content to Assange.
There should be a hell of a lot of doubt that the Russians wanted to swing the U.S. election in favor of Trump.
posted on 01/06/2017 1:32:32 PM PST
(Congratulations, President Donald J. Trump! - Let's MAGA!!!)
Doesn't make any sense at all.
We have to assume that the Russians knew there was dirt to be gained and that millions would switch their vote to Trump. What a ridiculous premise.
posted on 01/06/2017 1:33:04 PM PST
by Travis McGee
To: Cold War Veteran - Submarines
I took a quick scan through that report, and I couldn't find anything that I would consider "hacking" by any measure. The fact that they spend so much time detailing Russia's propaganda efforts on Russian television is very telling. How does that qualify as interference in the U.S. election? LOL.
posted on 01/06/2017 1:33:48 PM PST
by Alberta's Child
("Yo, bartender -- Jobu needs a refill!")
They claim their proof is that they captured congratulatory emails
Lordy if that’s the best they’ve got we are all screwed
posted on 01/06/2017 1:33:51 PM PST
(I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
I have not read it yet. I assume if they had a smoking gun, it would have been emblazoned in every headline in the country.
Therefore, I assess, and I agree with myself completely, that this whole thing is BS.
I also assess that these people will be out of their jobs in two weeks. I would say 14 days, but someone would call me a neo-nazi.
posted on 01/06/2017 1:35:07 PM PST
Since no one expected Trump to actually win outside a few election insiders within the US, wouldn’t a better conclusion be that the Russians were seeking to weaken a future President Hillary Clinton?
Seems like a lot of hindsight among Democrats.
posted on 01/06/2017 1:35:40 PM PST
They mean Ass-u-me.
posted on 01/06/2017 1:37:31 PM PST
(No spellcheck. It's too much work to undo the auto wrong word substitution on mobile devices.)
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