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Declassified Report Claims Putin ‘Ordered’ Campaign to Erode Faith in US Election — By Telling the Truth

After months of hyperbolic assertions Russian State actors  — and possibly even President Vladimir Putin, himself — undertook a coordinated campaign to meddle in the U.S. presidential election to throw the vote in favor of Donald Trump, three intelligence agencies have finally proffered alleged proof to back their claims.

However, the report — claiming Putin “ordered” this campaign — reads more like a hit piece than a studied and cautious analysis. Worse, the first media outlet to publish the report was none other than the Washington Post, whose ever-heightening McCarthyite articles — many since retracted — have parroted the government’s claims sans investigation or evidence.

“We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency,” the report boldly states, citing Moscow’s “longstanding desire to undermine the US-led liberal democratic order.”

Further, while the FBI and CIA claimed to have high confidence in the assessment, this murky report came only with moderate confidence of its accuracy from the one agency who would have the most comprehensive electronic records of such a campaign: the NSA.

“We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump,” the report alarmingly continues. “When it appeared to Moscow that Secretary Clinton was likely to win the election, the Russian influence campaign then focused on undermining her expected presidency.”

Additionally, the report  continues, the three agencies “assess with high confidence that Russian military intelligence (General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate or GRU) used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and DCLeaks.com to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks. […]

“Russia used trolls as well as RT as part of its influence efforts to denigrate Secretary Clinton. This effort amplified stories on scandals about Secretary Clinton and the role of WikiLeaks in the election campaign.”

Their reasoning and proof?

“A journalist who is a leading expert on the Internet Research Agency claimed that some social media accounts that appear to be tied to Russia’s professional trolls—because they previously were devoted to supporting Russian actions in Ukraine—started to advocate for President-elect Trump as early as December 2015.”

In other words, an unnamed, alleged journalist ostensibly concluded that outlets who reported on Russia’s actions in Ukraine — a country whose coup was supported by the U.S. government — and appeared to support the candidacy of Trump are now thus tied to the Russian government.

And the NSA, CIA, and FBI expect the public to swallow that an unnamed journalist’s personal opinion drove a significant portion of their conclusion not only Russian actors, but Putin himself, successfully swayed the vote away from Hillary Clinton.

While RT might be a Russian state-run media organization, the outlet never came out in support of Trump or Clinton — in fact, RT did what a number of independent and alternative media outlets did — reported the factual evidence of rampant corruption in the Democratic establishment exposed in documents published by Wikileaks.

Indeed, select members of the intelligence community have relentlessly conflated RT, Wikileaks, and alternative media with a Russian propaganda machine — providing exactly zero evidence to prove the claim. Former intelligence officials came forward Thursday to denounce claims those documents had even resulted from a hack — as, again, the NSA would be instantly aware and eager to provide proof.

On top of simply relying on this seemingly magical journalist, the report claims RT’s coverage of third party candidates was a deliberate attack on the very fabric of US democracy.

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In an effort to highlight the alleged “lack of democracy” in the United States, RT broadcast, hosted, and advertised third party candidate debates and ran reporting supportive of the political agenda of these candidates. The RT hosts asserted that the US two-party system does not represent the views of at least one-third of the population and is a “sham.”

As we’ve pointed out here at The Free Thought Project on numerous occasions — the two-party paradigm is a sham.

This new report — heralded as proof positive of Russian government election meddling — does little to bolster confidence from the public the claim isn’t just hot air.

Further, Hillary Clinton’s campaign notoriously spent over $1 million — on social media trolls.

As the report continues, Russian intelligence agencies “conducted cyber operations against targets associated with the 2016 US presidential election, including targets associated with both major US political parties” and “Russian intelligence obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple US state or local electoral boards.”

“Cyber operations against targets” is phenomenally broad and proves nothing — and fails to address that Clinton campaign chair John Podesta fecklessly used the word “password” for his password — something Wikileaks founder Julian Assange notes a 14-year-old could discern.

Secondly, the claim Russia somehow hacked any U.S. electrical grid has proven preposterously untrue thus far — so much so, in fact, the Washington Post’s claim Vermont’s power grid was compromised has since been fully retracted for being literally the Fake News it rails against, and completely false.

This report — wholly lacking solid evidence of the vociferous, dangerous accusations it proclaims — portends a drawn-out, heavy-handed campaign by the government of the United States to censor dissenting thought, speech, and independent reporting unacceptable to the political establishment.

Without proof, the U.S. political establishment and outgoing Obama administration just pinned an accusation on Russia, an act that, according to an Executive Order, could result in military aggression.

And all of this because Clintonites refuse to accept the nastiness, corruption, and collusion exposed in authentic documents — and just eat crow.

  • john smith

    uncontrollable laughter building up

  • Phil Freeman

    Sad when Russia knows what’s best for America better than America.

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Putin has always been leaps and bounds above Obamination’s head. He makes him/her and Kerry look the infantile incompetent twats that they are.

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    • Candice White

      You are the twat you ignorant ass kissing fool go crawl back up Trumps crack.

      • David Daisy May Boldock

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  • tom browne

    THANK YOU PUTIN!!! for ridding us of that foul fiend hitlery… (but we know it was the deplorable voters who lowered the boom)

  • MrRottenTreats

    “And all of this because Clintonites refuse to accept the nastiness, corruption, and collusion exposed in authentic documents — and just eat crow.”

    I think that is a very ignorant comment. It’s a fact that Clinton was nasty and corrupt but to say that only Clintonites believe that the Russians tried to influence the election is just not true. As this site has pointed out time and time again, there are various unreliable sources around this whole situation that are saying a lot of contradicting things which is misdirection 101. The fact is that Donald Trump is correct: there is no hard proof that anything happened. However, there is plenty of evidence to suggest SOMETHING happened but all this site wants to talk about is the misdirection that is being fed by the government and the media (including independent media); it’s all just NOISE. There is something here [the hacking that most definitely happened and the Russians knowing/potentially being involved] and to simply present it as if it is a petty bunch of sore losers (Clintonites) that are holding the rest of the country from moving forward, is just disingenuous.

    Also, as an American, I am offended that you are suggesting that this country should “eat crow” after hackers made it their hobby (because apparently we can’t believe anything the US intelligence says so we’ll just refer to them as hackers) to get involved in our government. The government should find out exactly who hacked the DNC and/or any major business in the US because that is a role of government. If we cannot find enough evidence, then we need to demand that government get better systems in place to avoid this type of situation in the future.

    TLDR; The issue here is not that Clinton/DNC got hacked, its that our businesses and government have been under virtual attack for too many years and this is the time we should push for major reform in our virtual infrastructure. Until we address the obvious issues in our security apparatus, there will be foreign governments, terrorists, companies, fat kids sitting on their computers and hobbyist who will try to exploit them; we must be better defended in the virtual world.

    • RomertL

      You also sound like you’re not happy that a hacker, wether Russian or not, revealed the corruption of one of the presidential candidates before the election? Would you really prefer not knowing?

      • MrRottenTreats

        Nope. I don’t care one way or the other because I knew Hillary was corrupt as shit. I didn’t need a bunch of emails that got spun for months and months to “reveal” anything.

        To be clear, I am not suggesting other people feel this way, rather that I do. I only speak for me.

        • RomertL

          I knew that as well as did most other readers of this website I would assume. But I’m still very happy about the hack and the resulting media spin. You know why? Because the great majority of people DON’T know about Hillary corruption, she would probably already be lynched if they did. Those of us that only reads alt media tend to forget that

    • WoodOnTheBall

      I gotta say, Hillary getting exposed is not making me clamor for more government security. Your priorities are out of whack. The house is falling apart and you are worried about upgrading the security system. First let’s fix the roof and the plumbing and then find a new tenant to care-take for us. Then we will install the robust security system. Why should we be worried about protecting a corrupt establishment? All that happened was exposure…that used to be what the media did…it’s not a bad thing.

    • Steve

      So what I am tired of (aside of the obvious misdirection) is the Holier-Than-Thou attitude posed by my fellow countrymen. You cannot dismiss all of the ‘influence’ the US has gently provided throughout the globe. You cannot for a second pretend that the US does NOT hack every country in the world. Didn’t Obama get caught tapping a bunch of world leaders phones? All of this is a bunch of HORSE SHIT. Propaganda to blind the sheep. One group of thugs, murderers, and rapists claiming that another set of thugs, murderers, and rapists did something wrong.

  • skyp0ckets

    It’s no fun when the chickens come home to roost.

  • The truth hurts… and in this case… it hurts the Demoncrats. hahhaha.