by Scott Creighton
Yesterday (Friday Jan. 6th 2017) around 1pm, the Department of National Intelligence released their declassified report (PDF) on the Russian hacking story or the Russian “influence” story that has been taking shape here in the States surrounding Hillary Clinton’s crash and burn presidential campaign of 2016. At about the same time, a man got off a plane in Florida and took a gun from his checked bag and opened fire on people in the baggage claim area of an airport, emptying 3 clips before lying down on the ground and waiting to be arrested. That man claimed earlier that the CIA had been trying to force him to watch “ISIS” videos.
Each and every page of the declassified report contains in the top header an official disclaimer of sorts which reads:
“This report is a declassified version of a highly classified assessment; its conclusions are identical to those in the highly classified assessment but this version does not include the full supporting information on key elements of the influence campaign.”
Key here is the fact that the report contains no facts. None. Zip. Zilch. No evidence reported in the report whatsoever.
Also key is the word “assessment” and in the beginning of the declassified report, they take the time to explain that term:
“When Intelligence Community analysts use words such as “we assess” or “we judge,” they are conveying an analytic assessment or judgment. Some analytic judgments are based directly on collected information; others rest on previous judgments, which serve as building blocks in rigorous analysis“
“(O)thers rest on previous judgements”. Got that? No evidence reported in this report and they tell you right off the bat that in all likelihood, this “assessment” is based on “previous” assessment, which as we all know, were bullshit. “Grizzly steppe” anyone?
Buried deep in various articles about the release we find a little rational thought on this release. That of course is buried under tons of regurgitated, unsubstantiated accusations leveled at Vladamir Putin, Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks.
The report contains scant information on attribution
That may not be enough for some critics, who have been publicly calling on the intelligence community to release more information explaining how it linked hacking operations to Russia” The Verge
“Some critics” may not find their baseless accusations to be “enough” to jump on the New McCarthyism bandwagon. How unfortunate. But apparently the Verge doesn’t mind Megaphoning Mockingbird fake news:
“The report also publicly names Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks.com, two sources of stolen information released to the public, as Russian operatives working on behalf of the country’s military intelligence unit, the GRU.” The Verge
This “intelligence” report is not a report. If you produced something like this in high school for your final essay in your political science class, you would be given an “F” because it is baseless and throws around completely unsubstantiated, antagonist accusations without a single shred of evidence to support any of it.
Not only that, but it’s apparent foundation is the lies and deception that has come before it. Talk about building a castle in a swamp.
Yet, the media is out there right now, on both sides of the artificial divide, reporting on this bloated Red Scare propaganda effort as if it is the gold standard in U.S. intelligence efforts.
Unfortunately, it is. And that says a lot about our “intel” services today.
Hillary Clinton lost to the most unpopular presidential candidate in U.S. history because she was a corrupt war-mongering fake leftist running on a base of fear-mongering and lies. Her career of corruption lost her the election, not Vladamir Putin.
She stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders, a FACT that was exposed by the DNC LEAK (not “hack”)
She had the general election won after that ridiculous video of Trump talking about “grabbing women by the pussy” came out and yet she still managed to lose when the Director of the FBI announced they had found a laptop in the possession of Anthony Weiner that had all her erased emails still on it. That’s when she finally lost.
Are we to believe James Comey is also a Russian agent?
The reality is, this disinformation campaign is being run for two reasons: to keep the new cold war of the New McCarthyism alive and well and … to exonerate the establishment’s candidate, Hillary Clinton, of the crimes she committed which were exposed during her campaign.
In all likelihood, the original emails released by Guccifer and published by Wikileaks came from our own intelligence services. Wikileaks is, after all, a psyop conducted by them.
And in case anyone forgot, the slow drip, drip, drip of emails released during the entirety of the general election process were coming from the FBI… not Guccifer 2.0, not DCLeaks and not Vladamir Putin.
Are we to assume the FBI is also an agent for the Kremlin?
This is the most ridiculous historical rewrite I have witnessed from our government in quite sometime and I have to wonder about the shooting down here in Florida that just happened to take place an hour before the release of this baseless drivel being spoonfed to willing apologists in the corporate media.
Not only was it released on a Friday afternoon in order to kill it in the news cycle… but it also just HAPPENED to coincide with YET ANOTHER mass casualty event featuring a guy with ABSOLUTELY NO MOTIVE and one this time who says he had been receiving messages from the CIA to watch “ISIS” propaganda videos.
CIA? Mentioned in his story? And the CIA “intelligence” report… all on the same day?
Makes you think, doesn’t it? Or… does it? It’s pretty damn obvious and takes a highly “educated” form of journalist to miss it.
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