Monday, December 12, 2016

Former CIA Director Calls The Russian Interference In US Election "The Political Equivalent Of 9/11"

Last Friday the Washington Post released an article in which the CIA assessed that Russia interfered in the U.S. election not merely to undercut Americans' confidence in their the elections, but specifically to help Donald Trump win the presidency. The report points out that emails from the DNC and the private account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, were hacked and released on WikiLeaks. This in turn caused widespread turmoil within the party and ultimately damaged Clinton's chances of winning the presidency.

In the article a senior U.S. official familiar with the findings stated...

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.

While giving an interview to The Cipher Brief Mike Morrell, the former acting CIA director, held no punches when discussing the seriousness of the reports that Russia interfered in the U.S. election.

When asked about the CIA's conclusion that Russia interfered in the U.S. elections Mike Morell said the following...

It is an attack on our very democracy. It’s an attack on who we are as a people. A foreign government messing around in our elections is, I think, an existential threat to our way of life. To me, and this is to me not an overstatement, this is the political equivalent of 9/11. It is huge and the fact that it hasn’t gotten more attention from the Obama Administration, Congress, and the mainstream media, is just shocking to me.

In addition, intelligence agencies have also concluded that Russian hackers also broke into the Republican National Committee’s computer systems but have yet to release that information publicly.

You can determine for yourself how the Russians would seek to leverage that information given that Trump might have the most to lose if it was revealed that he or RNC members knew about the hacking.

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