The long awaited, declassified version of the newest report covering the ongoing Russian hacking scandal has just been released.
This report, coming from the Director of National Intelligence, is damning.
According to the information just released, the Russian government, personally prompted by Russian president Vladimir Putin, waged cyberwar against the Democratic National Committee after developing a “a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”
ODNI report: "We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump."
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) January 6, 2017
Russia, through its acts of cyberwar against the DNC, “aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton.”
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— ABC News (@ABC) January 6, 2017
And, indeed, that’s precisely what they did.
Tens of thousands upon tens of thousands of private emails worth of information were stolen from key Democrats before making their way to the public via the “government transparency” organization Wikileaks.
These emails began to surface throughout the months before the election on Wikileaks’ website. Where on earth they were coming from, however, was long a serious question, until, in the late fall of 2016, evidence emerged condemning Russia as the ones that hacked the DNC and stole the emails.
Trump, for his part, still maintains that Russia’s hacking is a now basically irrelevant issue to the nation. Obviously, he has good reason to do so, since, as the evidence becomes more damning against Russia, the credibility of Trump’s own incoming presidential administration becomes even shakier.
The just released Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) report reads, in part:
‘We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.’
And the report isn’t based on assumptions. It goes on to read:
‘We have high confidence in these judgments… Further information has come to light since Election Day that, when combined with Russian behavior since early November 2016, increases our confidence in our assessments of Russian motivations and goals.’
Ironically enough, the report states that Russia, toward the end of the election season, was not confident in a pending Trump victory. The report reads, “When it appeared to Moscow that Secretary Clinton was likely to win the election, the Russian influence campaign began to focus more on undermining her future presidency.”
So, to sum up:
- Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an “influence campaign” to undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign
- The influence campaign was successful and Donald Trump, Putin’s favored candidate, is the president-elect
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