FBI Now Backs CIA Assessment

The Washington Post and the Associated Press – as well as several others – are reporting that the FBI is now in accord with the CIA’s secret assessment which fingered Russia for meddling in the U.S. presidential election for the purpose of helping Trump win. In fact, they’re reporting that there never really was any disagreement between the two agencies to begin with.

According to an email the CIA Director John Brennan sent to his employees Friday, Brennan met separately with the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper and FBI Director James Comey, “and there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election.”

“The three of us also agree that our organizations, along with others, need to focus on completing the thorough review of this issue that has been directed by President Obama and which is being led by the DNI,” Brennan’s email continued.

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This differs from what Reuters had reported earlier this week regarding the ODNI:

The overseers of the U.S. intelligence community have not embraced a CIA assessment that Russian cyber attacks were aimed at helping Republican President-elect Donald Trump win the 2016 election, three American officials said on Monday.

While the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) does not dispute the CIA’s analysis of Russian hacking operations, it has not endorsed their assessment because of a lack of conclusive evidence that Moscow intended to boost Trump over Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, said the officials, who declined to be named.

And the Washington Post reported regarding the FBI about a week ago:

For the Democrats in the room, the FBI’s response was frustrating — even shocking.

[…]

The FBI official’s remarks to the lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee were, in comparison [to the CIA’s statements], “fuzzy” and “ambiguous,” suggesting to those in the room that the bureau and the agency weren’t on the same page, the official said.

CIA Director Brennan said he met separately with the DNI James Clapper and FBI Director James Comey. I wonder what was actually said to make sure there was a consensus. It sounds like political maneuvering.

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