It was first reported last week that Russian hackers helped Trump win the election. It was just reported this week that 17 independent intelligence agencies confer that the hacking did occur. However, no one really knows?
The CIA and other media outlets are at odds at what is really going on and can’t substantiate the reports. In fact the FBI is now disputing the CIA’s report. (NPR) Again, the media just runs wild with stories and ‘leads’ before really knowing the facts.
Is this the same intelligence agency that reported on Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction? And we all know what happened to Saddam. Here we go again, more media spin.
Fox News even reported that Wiki leaks reported the hacks, but WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denied the Russian government or any other “state parties” were the source for the 50,000 emails, which fueled weeks of embarrassing coverage for the Clinton campaign detailing behind-the-scenes discussions and arguments among advisers and family members.
An independent investigation is now in the works by senate and house leaders spearheaded by Mitch McConnell. McConnell is quick to point out that “foreign hacking” is bipartisan and should be investigated.
After Fox News reported these findings stating the Russia helped Trump win the election, they coolly conclude by saying, “CIA reports of the hacking may never be made public.” How convenient.
Hilary supporters and Democrats have seized on the moment to again delegitimize the election results. Is this more media spin? The Recorder first announced on Friday, December 9th that President Barack Obama has ordered a “full review” of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, but the report may not be made public, a top White House official said Friday.”
The Washington Post also reported on Friday the Obama administration officially accused Russia of attempting to interfere in the 2016 elections, including by hacking the computers of the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations. By Monday, it was all over the news.
Fox News opinion has put another spin on this now saying that it’s “payback time” for president Obama against Donald Trumps birther movement scandal. (Fox Opinion) Of course Obama has also blamed Hilary Clinton for losing the campaign because she was out-of-touch with her supporters. (Observer) He just can’t quite make up his mind why she lost the election, was it Clinton herself or Russian hackers?
Jeanine Pirro unleashed a recent rant on Fox News addressing President Obamas “full review”:
“This isn’t about the election, is it, Mr President? This is about domestic politics. It’s not about November 2016, it’s about January 2017 and your attempt to prevent Donald Trump from the smooth transition of power and your inability to face the overwhelming electoral college win that the people gave him.” (The Independent)
Our memories are not so short, Mr. President. Remember in October when Obama ridiculed Trump for saying that the presidential election was rigged against him, telling Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee, to “stop whining and go try to make his case” to win more votes than Hillary Clinton. (The New York Times)
Now, it seems the tables are turned. Please, President Obama, please stop whining that the election was somehow rigged by Russian hacks.
House speaker Paul Ryan, who hasn’t really publically supported Trump, also announced his support to the investigation. The TPM reported that “Ryan also seemed to blame Democrats for politicizing the conclusions of unnamed sources in the intelligence community that the theft and subsequent publishing of emails from the Democratic National Committee, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and others were aimed at helping President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign.”
Last week, NBC news reported that the CIA concluded there was a Russia Mounted Operation to Help Trump Win. And guess who first broke the story? You guessed it, The Washington Post. Go figure.
Trump responded on Fox Sunday that no one really know who is doing the hacking, it could be China or anyone, anywhere. Trump had already taken to Twitter immediately after the NBC report:
Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst cautions the media and others not to jump to any conclusions based on this intel. She has been down this road before with premature intelligence and ‘leaks’ to the public. It has been suggested that CIA Director John Brennan prematurely leaked this information. In a recent interview with Newsweek, she says:
“As we all learned from the Iraq war,” she tweeted, “there is more to the story than one nugget of yellow cake or intel, that’s why an NIE is important.” She invited readers to explore the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 2004 report on how CIA intelligence was manipulated and misused.
“We have been down this road with lessons learned, use them,” she added. “I would also caution if anyone in power says, ‘I read the raw intel and it is (or is not) true,’ that isn’t the whole story.” (Newsweek)
And the show goes on . . . the best is yet to come . . . just wait and see . . .