Anonymous CIA Source Says Evidence Suggest Russia Hacking of Election, FBI Says Not True
The Washington Post may yet again be caught in a fake news scandal. As you may recall the WaPo was exposed for spreading fake news by publishing a story using anonymous, unverified sources to suggest alternative media was spewing Russian propaganda and acting as fake news sources.
WaPo apparently didn’t learn from that scenario, even though they were forced to update the story and admit they faked it.
Now they’re at it again. This time with a widely promoted story suggesting a secret CIA source confirmed Russia hacked the U.S. Elections, handing Donald Trump the win.
The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.
Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances.
“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.”
The CIA has not officially confirmed this nor has it offered up any credible evidence this is true. But here’s the kicker…
Law enforcement officials connected with the FBI have officially come forward on the matter and their findings are much different.
For much of the summer, the F.B.I. pursued a widening investigation into a Russian role in the American presidential campaign. Agents scrutinized advisers close to Donald J. Trump, looked for financial connections with Russian financial figures, searched for those involved in hacking the computers of Democrats, and even chased a lead — which they ultimately came to doubt — about a possible secret channel of email communication from the Trump Organization to a Russian bank.
Law enforcement officials say that none of the investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. And even the hacking into Democratic emails, F.B.I. and intelligence officials now believe, was aimed at disrupting the presidential election rather than electing Mr. Trump.
Hillary Clinton’s supporters, angry over what they regard as a lack of scrutiny of Mr. Trump by law enforcement officials, pushed for these investigations. In recent days they have also demanded that James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I., discuss them publicly, as he did last week when he announced that a new batch of emails possibly connected to Mrs. Clinton had been discovered.
So here we are again. WaPo trying desperately to discredit millions of voters by suggesting the election outcome isn’t legitimate due to Russian involvement. And doing so with a story that provides zero evidence or background on its “sources.”