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Clapper Claims ‘Unprecedented’ Russian Involvement in Pindo Vote
Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, Jan 5 2017

Speaking to the Senate today, DNI Clapper openly disagreed with President-elect Donald Trump on the narrative of the 2016 presidential election, insisting he was “even more resolute” that the Russians had hacked the election, and promising some evidence would be made public next week. Clapper claimed Russia had meddled in the election not just through alleged hacking of the Clinton campaign, but by “spreading of propaganda,” saying that the existence of state-run television station RT played a role in the election by “disparaging our system.” Clapper then went on to lash Trump for being so vocal in questioning the allegations, saying that there was a difference between “healthy skepticism” and open disparagement of the intelligence community by not accepting their findings. The evidence underpinning the allegations remains almost entirely secret, with Clapper claiming Russia’s involvement in the election was “unprecedented” but not offering any specifics, beyond the fact that RT exists and sometimes publishes stories embarrassing to the Pindostani government electoral dictatorship. Beyond whatever Clapper intends to reveal next week, officials familiar with the situation say one of the key pieces of “evidence” they have is secret communications among Russian leaders showing they were happy that Trump won the election, which intelligence officials are presenting as proof they made it happen. Trump has rejected the claims, insisting his campaign never had contact with Russian officials. The Trump team has also been quoted as concerned about the increased politicization of the intelligence community in Pindostan.

Pindo boxtops Say Russia Approval of Trump Win Is ‘Evidence’ of Hacking
Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, Jan 5 2017

The “evidence” that Russia was behind the hacking of DNC + Podesta targets ahead of the 2016 Pindo election appears as flimsy as ever, as trhe boxtops start to let out what appears to have been the cornerstone of their entire narrative, that Russia was happy Trump won the election. The boxtops conceded today that the important evidence that let to their “conclusion” only came after the election was already finished, by way of explaining why they didn’t make such accusations before the vote, and the WaPo report quotes senior boxtops as saying a major part of that conclusion was intercepted communications showing Russia was happy with the outcome. Which seems like it would’ve gone without saying, as Hillary Clinton made hostility toward Russia and accusing them of plotting against her the centerpiece of her campaign, labeling Trump a “puppet” and vowing military retaliation against Russia for it once she won. By contrast, Trump advocated a rapprochement with Russia, so it seems like it’s a given that Russia would be happy the person who wasn’t going to attack them won. It also wasn’t exactly a secret, with Russian officials publicly praising the election as the Pindosis “rejecting war” in favor of a chance at diplomacy. While all this was going on, the boxtops saw the obvious Russian reaction as supporting the conclusion they wanted to reach months prior. While Clinton’s hostility toward Russia does predate the hacking allegations, it became a much bigger deal and a major part of her campaign after the DNC hack, which only added to Russia’s concerns that a Clinton administration would be picking fights with them. The sigh of relief when that didn’t end up happening is so far the only “evidence” we’ve been given, even though Russia doubtless would be glad of a Clinton loss whether they interfered in the vote or not.

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