Zero Credibility to Latest Russian Hacking Report
by Stephen Lendman
Since accusations of Russian US election hacking first surfaced last summer, America’s intelligence community produced ZERO evidence supporting its claims.
Without it, they’re baseless - fake news, Big Lies. The dirty game goes something like this. America needs enemies to justify its bloated military spending, empire of bases, and endless wars of aggression.
When none exist, they’re invented, Russia considered public enemy number one, an existential threat - on America’s target list for regime change by war or other means.
The anti-Russia hype, repeated endlessly, is fiction, not fact - made up stuff to assure adversarial relations continue once Trump succeeds Obama.
The other part of the story is delegitimizing him even though he was legitimately elected. The latest report is from the CIA, NSA and FBI, not the other 14 components of America’s intelligence community. It’s titled “Background to ‘Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections.’ The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution.”
Its 25 declassified pages include ZERO evidence of Russian hacking - just weasel words like “we assess” or “we judge” or “we assess with high confidence,” amounting to much ado about nothing.
Assessments and conclusions in the report, including previous material released, are worse than guesswork. They’re bald-faced lies.
The report’s preamble says America’s intelligence community “did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election.”
In Thursday testimony before Senate Armed Services Committee members, DNI head James Clapper said alleged Russian hacking (sic) didn’t “change any vote tallies or anything of that sort. We have no way of gauging any impact it had on the choices the electorate made.”
Ignoring the most biased ever major media political reporting in US history, the report absurdly accused RT of “serving as a platform for Kremlin messaging to Russian and international audiences,” adding:
“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.”
The CIA and FBI expressed “high confidence” in the report’s contents - the NSA, America’s premiere global reach spy agency, only “moderate confidence.” Without credible evidence, it’s meaningless.
The public should have ZERO confidence in a report with no credibility whatever - its intent to continue demonizing Russia, delegitimize Trump’s election, and undermine his geopolitical agenda, including responsibly cooperating with Putin if he follows through on what he suggested while campaigning.
On Friday, DNI head Clapper, CIA director Brennan, FBI chief Comey and NSA head Rogers briefed Trump on the report’s classified contents.
His tweets suggested no more confidence in claims about Russian hacking than what he’s believed all along - earlier calling the accusation “ridiculous.”
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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