For weeks Obama and the democrats have been crying that Russia hacked our presidential election to help Donald Trump win. They have cited a classified US Intelligence report as proof that Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered his spies to influence the election. Well, that report was sort of declassified today and it is underwhelming to say the least. It has everything except actually proof of anything.
According to The Hill, Vlad Putin ordered a widespread influence campaign intended to help elect Donald Trump, the Intelligence Community (IC) said in a declassified report released Friday afternoon.
"Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary [Hillary] Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency."
"We also assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him."Discrediting Hillary Clinton? That’s kind of like putting effort into showing Barack Obama is a liar. And while democrats are squealing with delight over this report, it comes with a caveat:
"While the conclusions in the report are all reflected in the classified assessment, the declassified report does not and cannot include the full supporting information, including specific intelligence and sources and methods..."In other words, if there is any proof, you can’t see it and just have to take their word that it exists. And even if you believe this report that is completely missing the proof it claims to contain, what you are left with is the ridiculous idea that Putin risked friendly relations with the US and possibly war to show the American people that Hillary Clinton is an unlikable shithead. We already knew that.
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