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CIA Claims Russian Government Helped Trump Win — But Admits It's Basically Just Guessing

The CIA now says that the Kremlin fed WikiLeaks hacked DNC emails, while simultaneously acknowledging that they can't directly tie any hacks to the Kremlin. Any questions?

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Tired of every butthurt television pundit and crooked newspaper editor regurgitating DNC talking points about how poor Hillary Clinton was robbed of the Oval Office because Putin forced her to be a corrupt sociopath? Too bad.

Via Reuters, which actually managed to misreport this fake news story (more on that below):

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The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Citing U.S. officials briefed on the matter, the Post said intelligence agencies had identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including the chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, to WikiLeaks.

The officials described the individuals as people known to the intelligence community who were part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and reduce Clinton's chances of winning the election.

Wow. This sounds damning. We're sure that the CIA, via the Washington Post, is on firm ground here. Because as Reuters quietly adds at the very bottom of its sad write-up:

Intelligence agencies did not have specific intelligence showing the Kremlin directed the individuals to pass the hacked emails to WikiLeaks, another senior official told the Post. The actors were "one step" removed from the Russian government rather than government employees, the official said.

Wait...What? Aand then Reuters added this juicy tidbit of bullshit, just for good measure:

The CIA presentation fell short of a formal U.S. assessment by all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, the Post said. A senior U.S. official said there remained minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the assessment because some questions are unanswered, it said.

A real "slam dunk" case, here. Well done. "The Kremlin is responsible for hacking Hillary's email account and passing the emails to WikiLeaks," says the CIA, "even though we can't actually link the hacks directly to the Kremlin, and there are still minor disagreements about how much garbage we're peddling."

Oh, and also, the "assessment by all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies" is demonstrably false Clinton spew. But thanks for playing, Reuters.

How do we get a job inventing fairytales for the CIA? Sounds like fun. Probably good benefits, too.


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