Until now intelligence sources believed that the Russian hacking throughout the campaign that repeatedly exposed damaging information for Democrats and their presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was solely an effort to undermine Americans’ faith in their government and elections.
But now the CIA has determined that Vladamir Putin gave specific orders to his intelligence apparatus a year in advance calling on them to hack the DNC and the staff of the Democratic party and use the information they gleaned to destroy Hillary Clinton's campaign and help Trumps.
A senior U.S. official briefed on the CIA assessment told The Washington Post...
“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected. That’s the consensus view.”
Intelligence agencies are said to have identified specific individuals with connections to the Russian government who are believed to have provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails, according to WaPo.
What my be even more frightening is that intelligence officials discovered breaches by Russian government-linked hackers into the voter registration databases of at least two states.
It was also revealed that this was not the first time Russia's hacking was addressed by the CIA and our government. Links to hackers and the Russian government were detected by U.S. intelligence earlier this year and brought to President Obama's attention.
It was at that point the President wanted to make a public statement to the American people so they would be aware of what was happening to the elections as far as Russia's interference. Not wanting to appear partisan he presented the evidence to both Republican and Democratic members of congress, a gang of 12 as it was called, to make a joint announcement of the findings. The Democrats unanimously agreed but the Republicans backed out and refused to partake in the effort citing that it may harm the electoral process.
The loudest objections came from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) who threatened the President saying that if he went public with the information that he would condemn it as partisan political interference.
For his troubles McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, was just named the Transportation Secretary by the Trump administration.
As for Donald Trump.
Upon hearing the news of the CIA's new assessment his camp, within minutes, dismissed the report along with the credibility of the U.S. intelligence community in this release...
With that in mind you'll remember at one point during the campaign in July, Donald Trump appealed to Russia for hacking help, saying...
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing (from Clinton’s email servers)"
Many believe it was at that point that it become clear that Trump knew what what Russia was doing on his behalf.
Something else to take into consideration was that leaked information through hacking operations traced by U.S. intelligence to Russia was suspiciously silent on Trump and the Republican Party throughout the presidential campaign. One must wonder what troves of information the Russians have on Trump's personal and business dealings that could perhaps be used against him when he is in office.
In related news the White House announced that President Obama has ordered a U.S. intelligence report on security breaches during the 2016 election and said he will release the findings before he leaves office on Jan. 20.