The Russian Hacking Story is Not About the CIA
A lot of people are asking if we can believe the CIA on Russian hacking – that is a red herring. Hanging this issue on the CIA’s credibility is an intentional strategy by the Trump campaign to distract from the overwhelming evidence. The goal is to sew doubt by implying that we’d have to take the CIA’s word for it – that is false.
17 intelligence agencies agreed that the Russians hacked DNC computers to discredit the Clinton campaign. Russia is currently under heavy US sanctions imposed by Barack Obama. Trump has repeatedly implied he would lift those sanctions, in so many words. He just nominated a candidate for Secretary of State who received a medal of friendship from Russia a few years ago, and who is an executive at an oil company that stands to directly benefit to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars if the sanctions are lifted. Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort resigned just a few months ago because of inappropriate ties to pro-Russian forces in Crimea.
McCain, McConnel, and Paul Ryan have all said this demands investigation. Trump went on national television and directly called on hackers to go after Hillary’s “missing emails” for heaven’s sake. These are HIS WORDS:
Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.
This is not about the CIA – that is a diversionary tactic. Don’t buy it, go back to the evidence. It is overwhelming, and obvious.