The Top 7 Things You Should Know Regarding US Intelligence Findings

This has been largely ignored by the Main SCREAM Media, but the Director of National Intelligence release a report on January 6, 2017, regarding combined findings of FBI, CIA, and NSA, in regards to Russian interference in United States Elections. You can read the full report here, but here are the top 7 issues which should be reported upon with direct quotes from the report:

1. Russia meddling in our elections is nothing new. They have been doing it dating back to the U.S.S.R.

“Russia, like its Soviet predecessor, has a history of conducting covert influence campaigns focused on US presidential elections that have used intelligence officers and agents and press placements to disparage candidates perceived as hostile to the Kremlin.”

“During the Cold War, the Soviet Union used intelligence officers, influence agents, forgeries, and press placements to disparage candidates perceived as hostile to the Kremlin, according to a former KGB archivist.”

“Since the Cold War, Russian intelligence efforts related to US elections have primarily focused on foreign intelligence collection. For decades, Russian and Soviet intelligence services have sought to collect insider information from US political parties that could help Russian leaders understand a new US administration’s plans and priorities.”

“In the 1970s, the KGB recruited a Democratic Party activist who reported information about then-presidential hopeful Jimmy Carter’s campaign and foreign policy plans, according to a former KGB archivist.”

2. Russia was the source of information for WikiLeaks:

“We assess with high confidence that Russian military intelligence (General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate or GRU) used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and DCLeaks.com to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks.”

3. Russia did not alter vote tallying:

“DHS assesses that the types of systems Russian actors targeted or compromised were not involved in vote tallying.”

4. Putin was involved and preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton:

“We assess with high confidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election, the consistent goals of which were to undermine public faith in the US 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. When it appeared to Moscow that Secretary Clinton was likely to win the election, the Russian influence campaign then focused on undermining her expected presidency.”

5. One of the primary reasons Putin preferred Donald Trump because he felt Trump would help him stop terrorism:

“Moscow also saw the election of President-elect Trump as a way to achieve an international counterterrorism coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).”

6. Russians believed Hillary Clinton would win the election and they were focused on damaging her presidency in multiple ways, including the portrayal of our election as being an unfair process:

“When it appeared to Moscow that Secretary Clinton was likely to win the presidency the Russian influence campaign focused more on undercutting Secretary Clinton’s legitimacy and crippling her presidency from its start, including by impugning the fairness of the election.”

7. The WikiLeaks disclosures on Hillary Clinton were all true:

“Moscow most likely chose WikiLeaks because of its self-proclaimed reputation for authenticity. Disclosures through WikiLeaks did not contain any evident forgeries.”

My conclusion: There is nothing in regards to coordination between anyone working for the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Given the fact that this was business-as-usual on the part of Russia, it seems unlikely (at the least) that any such coordination happened. It is clear by the report that Russia is the one doing the influencing, not the one being influenced.

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