Actually, it’s not true. It’s a recent example of fake news, this time brought to you by the New York Times. And, boy does fake news spread fast.
According to the New York Times, not only did Russia hack into the computers of the RNC and steal emails, they conspicuously did not release any documents gleaned from their computers. According to them, that was an obvious effort to help Trump.
Reince Preibus – Trump’s Chief of Staff pick and current RNC chairman – hit back at these fake news headlines, telling Meet the Press host Chuck Todd that the RNC was indeed not hacked. Further, no employee of the RNC had his or her personal emails hacked. It just wasn’t true.
He asked Chuck Todd to present evidence of these claims, or to at least provide an official source for this information, other than hearsay from unnamed people supposedly inside the intelligence community.
When Preibus asked for evidence and an official source, Chuck Todd pretended to be concerned, asking Preibus if he doesn’t trust the U.S. intelligence community. “You dispute 17 different intelligence agencies that have assessed that Russian agents were behind this? You dispute this?” Todd asked with incredulity.
The original October 7, 2016 statement jointly released by DHS and DNI – where the “17 intelligence agencies” claim comes from – stopped short of saying anything was confirmed:
We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.
Some states have also recently seen scanning and probing of their election-related systems, which in most cases originated from servers operated by a Russian company. However, we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government. [Emphasis from ZeroHedge.]
The statement read that the “alleged hacks” are “consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts.” That’s different from saying that Russia was behind the effort to undermine the U.S. electoral process in favor of Trump.
The conspiracy theory that Russia is behind everything is not held on consensus. The FBI is calling BS. Even intelligence community veterans – who don’t like Trump – are fed up with how obviously politicized the issue has become. They’re urging caution on anyone jumping to conclusions.
Meanwhile, anyone asking for evidence or official sources are labeled “conspiracy theorists.”
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