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WATCH: Honest News Anchor Destroys CIA Russia Hack Claims in Under 5 Minutes

When unnamed officials with the CIA recently claimed Russia hacked the U.S. presidential election, but failed to provide any evidence, suspicions immediately circulated that the allegation constituted a fabrication — particularly as left-leaning corporate media unquestioningly parroted the story.

This, after the Washington Post first tried — and miserably failed — to convince the U.S. populace professional Russian propagandists were running nearly every alternative and independent media outlet, and had plotted to smear Hillary Clinton to ensure Donald Trump’s victory.

In tandem with the ratcheting up of anti-Russia propaganda by the left political and media establishment has been the equally laughable war on putative fake news, because — according to Clintonite Democrats and a smattering of Republicans — fake news also helped Trump win.

Of course, the irony in all this is the mainstream media’s articles on the CIA’s claims and allegations of Russian meddling are the exact sort of fake news which threatens to do actual, physical, palpable damage — whether by crushing dissent or instigating war with the U.S.’ old Cold War foe.

Fortunately, alternative media — sans any paychecks from President Putin — and a few journalists with integrity have brilliantly torn through the American propaganda machine to shine the light of truth on claims of Russian hacking.

One mainstream journalist, Ben Swann — who frequently breaks ranks with the corporate-approved narratives proffered by his colleagues — offers a much-needed Reality Check on the situation.

Swann notes there are five, specific problems with the CIA claiming Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s emails — worsened, he says, because “most media” isn’t “actually asking for evidence of these claims.”

The CIA, he explains, did not formally release a report about Russia’s hacking — rather anonymous sources inside the agency allegedly leaked the “conclusion” to the Washington Post and New York Times. This is highly problematic for obvious reasons, not the least of which is the near impossibility of verification — both of the sources and the information.

According to the Post, who first reported the story, “The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.

“Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials.”

Leaking this supposed information to the corporate press might indeed represent the easiest way to launch propaganda without the burden of proof — proof it most likely lacks.

As Swann explains, this absence of evidence — and that the sources remained anonymous — means there “is no one accountable to provide that proof.” No politicians or other media outlets have any way to verify claims printed by the Post and Times.

The third major problem with the Russian hacking story, Swann reports, is — put simply — “the CIA lies.”

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Indeed, the CIA could be considered notoriously mendacious, and has made public claims that have been proven untrue. For one, Swann notes, “the Senate Intelligence Committee blasted the CIA in 2014, for an ‘ongoing culture of misinformation,’ which they said has undermined the public’s trust in America’s Intelligence leadership.”

Senator Ron Wyden, quoted by Swann, said at the time, “That trust has been seriously undermined by senior officials’ reckless reliance on secret interpretations of the law and battered by years of misleading and deceptive practices” within the CIA.

An easy second example concerns the CIA’s torture program as exposed in a four-year study by the Senate which found the agency repeatedly lied about the use of brutal techniques and more.

Swann’s fourth problem of note surrounds a little-discussed fact from the Post’s article — even CIA investigators don’t unanimously agree on the assessment Russians hacked those systems. Reported the Post:

“A senior U.S. official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.”

“Well, what does that mean?” Swann asks. “What are those disagreements? And without providing that information, how can we trust these disagreements are actually minor, since that’s, of course, a relative term?”

Indeed, considering these CIA ‘officials’ felt the need to remain anonymous lends credence to the idea the discord is anything but minor — but we have no way of knowing for certain.

And that brings us to the fifth problem: The one person with the most intimate knowledge about the DNC and Podesta files, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, has repeatedly asserted the information was leaked from the inside, not hacked at all — and certainly not by Russians.

In fact, former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray — a close friend of Assange — recently said “he has met the person who gave the DNC emails to Assange and to Wikileaks, and he says it is not the Russians,” Swann explains.

“I’ve met the person who leaked them, and they are certainly not Russian and it’s an insider,” Murray said. “It’s a leak, not a hack; the two are different things.”

Just because a report sounds official coming from the CIA does not give it instant viability — and the allegation Russian agents hacked the system is too shaky to stand on its own.

Swann concludes, “So what you need to know is that on top of all of these questions is one fundamental issue that everyone is missing: The claim is that Russia decided to hack the election — not by altering voting results — but by making public actual emails from the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

“Look, I have said this before and I will say it again: how bizarre is it that the argument is not that the Russians were trying to influence the election through lies or electronic voting; but, rather, the claim — if you really boil it down — is that the Russians swayed the election for Donald Trump by revealing the truth about the Clinton campaign and the truth about the DNC.”

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  • Candice White

    Freethought my aunt fanny you are nothing but a republican shrill.

    • IceTrey

      Are you saying what was in the emails was fake?

      • Phil Freeman

        Crickets chirping …lol

      • Jim Mooney

        Well, when they Obviously cheated Bernie I decided not to vote for the Deadocrats – who are Dead to the principles of FDR.

        • continuallyamazed63

          Me 2! The ‘democrat’ party plotted to cheat the American Voters out of the candidate they WANTED for president, Senator Bernie Sanders. That is TREASON against the American Voter!! They should all be in jail, even the little old ladies who ‘counted’ the votes in ‘Hell’sHalfAcre, USA’ and knew they were cheating. They should ALL be in jail for treason!

          • tvsgael2

            The leakers were of our beliefs in an honest party, and they were willing to bring down Hillary on principle that they need to become the old party that had values.

    • PhilDeBowl

      I think you meant Shill, shrill is what you seem to be.

  • ahughes798

    So, I guess the 16 other security agencies, and their tens of thousands of employees, who also agree that the Russkies were helping Twitler are in on the conspriacy, too? Get it through your heads, people….Russia is NOT our friend.

    • IceTrey

      Please cite any released reports from one of these agencies which contains concrete evidence Russia did anything.

      • Phil Freeman

        Crickets chirping again.. ha ha he has no response. Give him a few hours and he’ll be back to call you names..lol

      • Doran Zeigler

        What does this guy know about evidence? “He don’t need no stinkin evidence.” All he needs is the bible and CNN, what other “truths” are necessary?

    • Phil Freeman

      Agreement is not evidence. You were saying?

    • Doran Zeigler

      What makes you think those thousands of workers know any more than you do? They know nothing and neither do you. Of course Russia is not our friend. What gave you the first clue? And, AmeriKKKa is not a friend of Russia. AmeriKKKa has no friends. We are the most hated country in the world. Why do you suppose that is? We are told they hate us for our freedom, which is a load of crap because we have very little freedom left. Maybe we are hated because of that knife with which we stab everyone, friends and enemies, in their backs.

      You are just another another compliant piece of clay for this country’s propaganda — brainwashed beyond repair.

      • ahughes798

        I don’t know about you, but I have TONS of freedom. Are you in jail, or something? Blah, blah, blah, sheeple, something something Amerikkka.

        • jandr0

          Aah, I see. Freedom is measured in TONS.

          Especially the killing type of supposed “save democracy” freedom the USA exports.

          Like a lying, two-faced chicken you refused to respond to the direct question: “We are the most hated country in the world. Why do you suppose that is?”

          Huh? Are you SCARED of facing the truth?

          Again. like a lying, two-faced chicken you refused to respond to the direct question: “What makes you think those thousands of workers (as alleged by you) know any more than you do?”

          But after ducking and diving to ignore the truth, the best you can come up with is “blah blah blah sheeple!”

          And it is now clear why. Because you are projecting yourself onto others.

          No further discussion with you required.

          • ahughes798

            We are the most hated country in the world because we think we are the policeman of the world. You’re correct, most of them don’t know any more than you or I do. But the ones at the top sure as hell do. You’ve never worked with the government, have you?

    • Patriot954

      I’ve watched the news coverage across decades of times. The U.S. is going to “lend” x millions to such-and-such a country to help develop their country. The end result, undiscovered by me for decades, was (1) that the money never left the US, (2) all that help did not improve life in those countries for the people, and (3) that country owed the US a lot of money.
      All the hoopla about helping others was a trick to put the other countries in debt to the US. The debt payments hurt the common citizens for years after.
      No, I do not believe the CIA claims about Russia.

      • illnino4545

        One step further IMO…

        These countries we are claiming to “help” are all designed to create chaos for the globalist rivals across the world, or designed to further globalist agendas.

        Look at recent events like the Arab spring? Why did we really want radical Islam to spread in the ME?? All the governments we topple or help others to topple were more stable and less violent towards minority groups. Libya, Egypt, Syria, and Iraq were much better off (albeit under a dictator) than they are now.

        How about Ukraine? It is proven that the CIA meddled in their “revolution” and we places a neo nazi government into power. Why? Because Nazi’s hate Russians.

        Look at South America too, CIA did a lot of meddling, arms trading, and drug smuggling. Now we have an immigration crisis because the continent is becoming 3rd world.

    • George Reichel

      They are not our ebemy.Remember the USS Liberty.

      • ahughes798

        I’m no fan of the Gov’t. of Israel and it’s undue influence on our foreign/domestic policy, either. As far as I am concerned, they are a welfare state, and a giant ball and chain around our necks. And yes, I remember the Liberty. I also remember all the spying the gov’t. of Israel does on the US. They also are not our friends. But the fact also remains that Russia is not our friend. I remember when Cons used to despise Russia, but seem to just love them now.

    • George Reichel

      A foreign nation does interfere in our elections and has massive inappropriate influence on our policies.That government is NOT Russia.

    • illnino4545

      Lets put it this way…We have never been in an “official” shooting war with Russia. The only current super power who we have never been at war with…

      Rivals yes, enemies no.

  • RN KM

    Hillary Clinton lost the election because the Silent Majority are vehemently against her corruption and probably goes even deeper being against the NWO delusionists/Satanists.

    • illnino4545

      Exactly right!!!

    • Margaret Treis

      Americans aren’t as stupid as Hillary and her ilk think. And they’re no more going to believe her election excuses/Russia baiting than they believed her campaign lies. Luckily Mr Putin, an actual statesman, is not going to be ensnared either.
      As for Trump…LOCK HER UP!!!

  • Phil Freeman

    The central bankers and their chickenhawk political and media mouthpieces are flapping their soup coolers to jin up animosity towards Russia to foment war. Those NATO troops amassed in eastern Europe didn’t get dressed up for nothing. The choice for war was made when the Federal reserve raised interest rates. Every 70, or so years they take us to war large scale. It’s the only way to maintain fractional reserve lending scheme and retain power in their hands.

  • nifty

    The media can report the truth and we can comment how we really feel now with a less likely chance of getting yet another Tax Audit …right?

  • Welcome to Burntown, USA! Good job, Ben Swann. America needs more journalists like you.

  • Jan Taljaard

    The next step is to expose the extremely corrupt Clinton Foundation.

  • People! You need to wake the FUCK up! This is all divide et impera!!! You are all blaming each other, others in the 99% when it is really the top 1% that is causing all of these problems.

    Owned & Operated

    • Reg Bennett

      Interesting, it is as if by design that most election results in western capitalist societies are split virtually 50:50.

  • MadeInTheUSA

    It’s very bizarre that McCain and Lyndsay graham never mentioned the need to investigate deaths of DNC email leaker Seth rich and Sean Lucas, or any other investigations into the leakers and the whistleblowers. This was a direct call to investigate by Julian Assange ignored by the intel community, the 17 agencies anonymously barf up the russian connection, and ignore the paid bounty on the leaker. No wonder…just no wonder.

  • Jim Mooney

    And now all this Russia crap has led to passing the Internet UnFreedom act:

  • It would never be these folks in government. Sarc/off! Aug 4, 2016 DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge: Competition Framework Team

    Astrophysicist and Cyber Grand Challenge Host Hakeem Oluseyi talks to the CGC’s Competition Framework Team about their role in designing the space in which the CGC is executed and scored. They also discuss the impact the CGC is expected to have, speeding the development of automated cybersecurity.


  • Two Americas

    “…left-leaning corporate media…”

    “…propaganda by the left political and media establishment…”

    Yeah, it is that damned Left that is causing all of the problems. The right wingers will overthrow that evil establishment. Sure they will!

  • ram2009

    The CIA is a vile evil organisation, but it comes as a surprise that it is left-wing when all evidence is that it replaces left wing governments with right wing dictators.

  • Raymond Luxury Yacht

    Excellent job Ben Swann. It’s probably too late to fix the problem. The Department of Dirty Tricks are worldwide and desperate to sell and spin the necessary narrative to ensure war continues to escalate. The USA cannot afford to not be at war anymore. It’s all or nothing.

  • One Ring or Two

    No one but Obama, the loser Democrats and a handful of Rinos have accused Russia of hacking the election or the Federal government. Rather the real accusation is that Russia hacked the DNC and Podesta’s email. Hillary has personally stated there were no classified documents on her private server so even if they hacked those, they were personal as well. If Putin is the person that hacked and/or released the emails that exposed their corruption and deceit, he deserves a Congressional Medal of Honor for accomplishing what the government bureaucracies (whose job it is to protect the people from this type of corruption) could not. I would further suggest that he also deserves a Pulitzer for some of the best investigative journalism I have ever seen and certainly much better than anything seen from the Lame Stream Media for many years.

    • Eileen Kuch

      Bingo!!! You just hit the proverbial nail squarely on the head. Indeed, nobody but Obama, the loser Democrats and a handful of Rinos have accused Russia of hacking the election or the Federal Govt. Rather, the real accusation is that Russia hacked the DNC and Podesta’s email. Really? Podesta’s emails were already in the possession of Wikileaks, who released them. Anyway, Hillary personally stated there were no classified documents on her private server (a huge lie); so, even if they hacked those, they were personal as well. I totally agree on this one .. If Putin’s the person who hacked and/or released the emails that exposed the corruption and deceit, he deserves a Congressional Medal of Honor for accomplishing what the govt bureaucracies (whose job is to protect the people from this type of corruption) could not. I’d further suggest that he also deserves a Pulitzer for some of the best investigative journalism I’ve ever seen and certainly much better than anything seen from the Lame Stream Media for decades.
      The true reason for Hillary’s huge loss to Trump has nothing to do with Putin at all. The Hildabeast herself used the same dirty tricks on Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primaries and they succeeded. However, during the general election race, enraged Sanders supporters (over half being Millennials) vowed they’d never vote for that Wicked Witch, who used lies and deceit to win the nomination, stuck to their guns and either stayed home or voted for Trump. Even a few days before Election Day, Bill Clinton was very upset with Hillary over the running of her campaign, accusing her of sending him to areas wherein she wasn’t campaigning. The two of them screamed accusations at each other – the Wicked Witch accusing him of lack of sufficient support. Naturally, The Donald’s going to take advantage of this situation, and he did.

  • Kevin Kline

    Why would the CIA destroy their reputation by producing this fake news?

    • fairpricetickets

      destroy their reputation as an organization that is based on lies and deceit?

    • MadeInTheUSA

      Because their leader, John Brennan is a Muslim traitor, an enemy of the state. Just look at all of his actions and words, the guy is working for ISIS. We just saw this same crap in Benghazi. The CIA knew about the compound, they did not fortify it with American protection, and did not defend their guys when it came time to send the help. That was so despicable, shame on the useless CIA, who sent 4 Americans to their death in Benghazi.Don’t you think it was odd that the FBI was over in Libya, investigating Benghazi, when they are responsible for investigations on the homeland. Like where was Scotland yard or whatever? It’s because like in the Michael brown case, where the feds sent 40 FBI agents, to find all data points about Michael Brown, and cover it up. That is why those videos of him brutally beating that old man in the apartment complex was covered up, deleted by the 40 FBI agents, purged from the internet by the FBI. Yet no FBI agents were able to stop the Boston bombers, the San Bernardino terrorists, nor the Orlando Terrorist Shooter, despite the obvious evidence of accumulation of weapons. The Obama administration sends the FBI, to the sites where Americans have committed crimes, to cover up and remove and clean up the evidence, and not to find the truth and share it with the public. And yet, the head of HHS has done nothing to get out Sgt Andrew Timorese, or that foolish millennial student, who has been sentence to hard labor in North Korea. Trump is goin to get him out, right away too.

      • Hugh Culliton

        You forgot to mention the aliens and the Bilderbergers.

        • MadeInTheUSA

          Well, Admiral Kirby made some nonsense statements yesterday too. The Obama crapacy does act like aliens, and Bill Gates and Warren Buffett sponsored the growth of the American baby body part selling with their generous financial support of the American abortion industry. It’s all related to rich dudes believing and practicing in black baby genocide because of their support of eugenics. So I guess it’s the epitome of white supremacy, in contrast to the messages delivered to white men by the executives at MTV.

          • Hugh Culliton

            LOL! Well played!

  • Anonymous

    Its that people are waking up to the true state of the world, a world that has ambitious designs and people working towards destroying the United States and moving us into the dawn of a One World Government these would be the banking, Media and corporate powers

  • OFF TOPIC: I am having difficulty finding this channel listed in the DISQUS listings. So, I am posting this in the hopes that it shows up in my record of posts so I can join the feed for this channel? Question: why does DISQUS make it so hard to locate a specific channel?

  • samuelstorns

    Unfortunately, there is no way to REALLY, FOR SURE, know anything.

  • Hugh Culliton

    After this, I hope the CIA has the common courtesy for his family to wait until after the holidays before AGM-114ing poor Mr. Swann.

  • get help

    This settles it, more attempts by Leftists to disrupt the Election by stating fake news that supposedly the CIA claims Russians hacked. Next they will state it was outerspace aliens! ET, the FBI says the CIA wants you to call home. LOL Even the FBI says the CIA calls fake news.

  • PhilDeBowl

    The main stream media in this (US) country doesn’t seem to understand the four basic pillars of journalism,the four W’s, who,what,when,where. And when the media just parrots the government disinformation that’s called propaganda.

  • Margaret Treis

    It is much appreciated and refreshing to hear some clarity from the most deceptive institution of all right after the CIA…the mainstream media. THANK YOU MR SWANN! May we hear much more courage to tell the truth from the msm…or it will soon be history.