Russian hacking and politics

Let’s take a look at the much heralded Washington Post article of the “Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House, “article.

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.

Humm, I wonder just how they decided they know why the Russians hacked anything and who Russia wants as President. Did they find some email that showed Putin saying, “we need to get Trump elected”? I didn’t see anything in that article to show that.

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The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal U.S. assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior U.S. official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.

So this was not the intelligence community but a CIA presentation. Humm

…Intelligence agencies do not have specific intelligence showing officials in the Kremlin “directing” the identified individuals to pass the Democratic emails to WikiLeaks, a second senior U.S. official said. Those actors, according to the official, were “one step” removed from the Russian government, rather than government employees.

Interesting.

I’m for a complete investigation on just how foreign agents or hell anybody was able to hack the DNC and other government official’s emails which contained sensitive information. Someone like, I don’t know, the Secretary of State maybe? It seems some very bad Operational Security (OPSEC) was being used throughout this administration’s tenor by all associated with it.

Yes indeed investigate.

Are the Russians attempting to hack US officials and release information harmful to them? Well, I would hope our officials think so all the damn time. But it seems only now that someone they don’t approve of has won the Presidential election, our officials now take notice.image

In previous assessments, the CIA, and other intelligence agencies told the White House and congressional leaders that they believed Moscow’s aim was to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system. The assessments stopped short of saying the goal was to help elect Trump.

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So if the goal was to undermine the US elections it would seem the Democrats and the media are playing right into the Russian’s hands. Ooops.

The point is there isn’t much to this story if you read the entire article.  But there sure are a lot of people willing to help Russia undermine the democratic process.

Again I’ll say, when those screaming the most about elections ask for voter ID, cleaning of registration rolls of dead and illegals I’ll listen. Until then, not so much.

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