From Russia, With Love

A story originating in The Washington Post, also known as Pravda on the Potomac, has become the leading excuse for the establishment presidential candidate’s stunning defeat in the electoral college. The Post asserts that the CIA believes that Russian hackers acted to swing the election to Donald Trump:

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. …

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.

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.

Mainstream media are all over the story. On Meet the Press, Reince Priebus denied it, while on Face the Nation, John McCain pressed for further investigation. These are, however, the same outlets that did just about everything short of begging us to vote for Hillary Clinton, so I am not inclined to believe them.

Also, there have been reports of a power struggle with the CIA favoring Clinton and the FBI supporting Trump – “minor disagreements” – so it makes little sense that the Post should blindly repeat CIA claims without that perspective.

Even if Russia did hack the DNC, nothing that was revealed was particularly surprising. The DNC was in the bag for Clinton, and for big donors. Everyone knew that.

A useful hack would have been learning that Trump was going to stock his cabinet with establishment billionaires.

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4 responses to “From Russia, With Love”

  1. trkingmomoe says :

    Us little people that can’t afford main stream media made up our own minds about who to vote for. Russia had nothing to do with that. Msm had nothing to do with it. There were people who didn’t want the Clintons anywhere near the White House ever again. They voted for a non establishment person in hopes that he might create some jobs.

    The only ones who believe the Russian caused this is people who can not face the fact that the DNC screwed up big time under the control of the Clinton dynasty.

    Could this be the death rattle of a dying media?

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  2. saywhatumean2say says :

    Reblogged this on saywhatumean2say and commented:
    Well now we “know?” ~~dru~~

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  3. Mellow Curmudgeon says :

    The last sentence is interesting. That Trump would appoint foxes to guard the hen house was blatantly obvious from the start, to anybody not seduced by vague promises of magical change.

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