12/29/16, "What The Russian Hacking Report DOESN’T Say," Washington's Blog
"The report itself is only five and a half pages long in large print (with another 7 pages for future security recommendations). It’s important to note what the report does NOT say…It does NOT allege any of the following:
It doesn’t claim that it’s accurate. Instead, the report starts with a disclaimer, and uses the same type of weasel words – “as is”, “does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information” – that someone selling a lemon uses when he doesn’t want to talk about the fact that the blasted thing won’t run and doesn’t want to get sued for intentional misrepresentation or wilful concealment....
It doesn’t mention Wikileaks…not even once. In other words, the report does not allege that the Russians gave any Democratic Party or Podesta emails to Wikileaks....
- It doesn’t raise the fact that recent intelligence service allegations that Russia hacked the NSA and Germany turned out to be false...
- It doesn’t address American intelligence services’ less-than-stellar history of truthfulness, and the fact that they routinely skew intelligence to justify preordained policy outcomes.
In other words, the report really doesn’t say much of anything."
12/14/16, "Obama Intelligence Officials Refuse To Brief Congress on Promoted “Russian Hacking Conspiracy"," tcth, sundance
"As further evidence of the politicization of the CIA (Central Intelligence), headed by John Brennan; and DNI (Director of National Intelligence) James Clapper, the agencies are refusing to brief congress on their claim the “Russians Hacked the U.S. Election”.On Monday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes sent a letter to DNI James Clapper requesting the director immediately brief congress (Friday, December 16th). Both Clapper and Brennan are now refusing to explain their public claims.
On November 17th Director Clapper told congress there was no basis to identify Russia’s involvement in the DNC and Podesta email leaks release by WikiLeaks in the run up to the election.
However, last week the Washington Post and New York Times claimed officials within the DNI and CIA held proof of Russia hacking the election.
There are many people, ourselves included, who see these DNI/CIA stories as truly nothing more than a political stunt from two highly politicized intelligence agencies, with two highly politicized political operatives in Brennan and Clapper.
The fact that both agency heads would refuse to brief congress on the issue is further evidence the entire construct is demonstrably false, intended solely to create an anti-Trump narrative and undermine the incoming presidency.
Here’s the press release from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes:
“It is unacceptable that the Intelligence Community directors would not fulfill the House Intelligence Committee’s request to be briefed tomorrow on the cyber-attacks that occurred during the presidential campaign.
The legislative branch is constitutionally vested with oversight responsibility of executive branch agencies, which are obligated to comply with our requests. The Committee is vigorously looking into reports of cyber-attacks during the election campaign, and in particular we want to clarify press reports that the CIA has a new assessment that it has not shared with us.
The Committee is deeply concerned that intransigence in sharing intelligence with Congress can enable the manipulation of intelligence for political purposes. The Committee will continue its efforts and will insist that we receive all the necessary cooperation from the relevant leaders of the Intelligence Community.” (read more)