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Russian Hacking Report Embedded & Analyzed…Their Conclusions Were Based On Nothing

Jeff Dunetz
Written by Jeff Dunetz

The Intelligence Community released their report on the hacking of the DNC and the Clinton campaign (full report embedded below) and in their opinion the reason for the hacking was that Vladimir Putin wanted Hillary Clinton to lose the election and preferred Donald Trump as president.

Because giving the specific evidence they have would compromise sources, the report was redacted and offered no specific evidence of the hacking, but it does prove the conclusions of the FBI, the CIA and the National Security Agency on their assessments of Moscow’s motives and intentions. Much of their conclusions on the motives were anecdotal in nature, i.e. Putin had been complaining about Hillary, so they concluded that he wanted Hillary to lose.

According to the report:

“Moscow’s use of disclosures during the U.S. election was unprecedented, but its influence campaign otherwise followed a longstanding Russian messaging strategy that blends covert intelligence operations — such as cyber activity — with over efforts by Russian government agencies, state-funded media, third-party intermediaries and paid social media users or ‘trolls,’”

The CIA, FBI and NSA all had their hands in preparing the report, two of the agencies (the CIA and FBI) was highly confident that Russia did the hacking to damage Ms. Clinton, the NSA was only moderately confident in that conclusion.

That conclusion wasn’t base on firm evidence:

“Putin most likely wanted to discredit Secretary Clinton because he has publicly blamed her since 2011 for inciting mass protests against his regime in late 2011 and early 2012, and because he holds a grudge for comments he almost certainly saw as disparaging him,”


“Beginning in June, Putin’s public comments about the US presidential race avoided directly praising President-elect Trump, probably because Kremlin officials thought that any praise from Putin personally would backfire in the United States. Nonetheless, Putin publicly indicated a preference for President-elect Trump’s stated policy to work with Russia, and pro-Kremlin figures spoke highly about what they saw as his Russia-friendly positions on Syria and Ukraine. Putin publicly contrasted the President-elect’s approach to Russia with Secretary Clinton’s “aggressive rhetoric.”

The report surmised that the  “Russian intelligence services tried to snoop on the candidates in the primaries, on think tanks and on important lobby groups.” You gotta feel bad for them, it means they had to watch all of the DNC deb…

Read the rest of the story at Jeff Dunetz’s blog The Lid

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Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff is a Journalist, Blogger and one of the rare Jewish conservatives in a sea of north east liberal Jews (Thanksgiving dinner is a real pip). Jeff was honored with the 2014 Not For Profit Blogger of the Year award by the National Blogger's Club, is editor/publisher of The Lid (, contributing reporter at and Political Columnist for the newspaper, The Jewish Star.

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