No Conclusive Evidence Russians Hacked US Election

The Reuters News Agency had a different slant on the recent assertion that Russia tried to swing the election in Trump’s favor. Reporters Mark Hosenball and Jonathan Landay issued this report:

“The overseers of the U.S. intelligence community have not embraced a CIA assessment that Russian cyber attacks were aimed at helping Republican President-elect Donald Trump win the 2016 election, three American officials said on Monday.

While the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) does not dispute the CIA’s analysis of Russian hacking operations, it has not endorsed their assessment because of a lack of conclusive evidence that Moscow intended to boost Trump over Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, said the officials, who declined to be named.”

What? No conclusive evidence!  So the CIA issued a leaked report based on guessing.

Why no conclusive evidence? Well Hosenball and Landay were told, “ODNI is not arguing that the agency (CIA) is wrong, only that they can’t prove intent,” said one of the three U.S. officials. “Of course they can’t, absent agents in on the decision-making in Moscow.”

If they can’t prove intent can they prove that it was the Russians who hacked the DNC e-mails?

The liberal media has claimed that Trump’s presidency is not legitimate because of Russian interference in the election. They were quick to seize upon the story and spread it. If they continue to spread the allegations, it gives the public more reason to distrust their reporting.

Here is another critical part of Hosenball and Landay’s reporting. “The Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose evidentiary standards require it to make cases that can stand up in court, declined to accept the CIA’s analysis – a deductive assessment of the available intelligence – for the same reason, the three officials said.”  Note again it doesn’t say anything about evidence. The CIA did a deductive assessment.  But what was the deductive assessment based on?

What the reader needs to know is that the CIA is NOT responsible for the internal security of the United States.  The CIA’s work is to spy on other nations.  The FBI and Homeland Security are the principal agencies responsible for our security.  This raises the question of why is this report coming from the CIA.  The CIA has played politics in the past and they are obviously still playing politics.  There have been people who said Obama politicized the CIA. It certainly seems to be the case.

Regardless, the CIA may have put itself into an embarrassing situation. They must convince beyond a doubt that their so-called “leak” can be proven or is legitimate.  If they cannot then Trump needs to drain the CIA swamp of the political hacks.  He needs to improve the track record of the CIA in doing its job outside of the US and shake it free from Obama/Clinton politics.

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About camden41

Retired public school administrator Retired history professor: Taught Western Civilization, American Civil War, United States History, Economic History, Ancient & Medieval Foundations, American History Since 1945
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