U.S. Intelligence Meddles In US Presidential Election: Backs Hillary Clinton

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Submitted by Alexander Mercouris of The Duran

U.S. Intelligence meddles in U.S. Presidential election: backs Hillary Clinton, tries to stop Donald Trump

 

The fact and evidence-free statement by US intelligence that Russia was behind the DNC leak is an attempt to swing the US Presidential election in Hillary Clinton's favour and amounts to the direct interference of US intelligence in a democratic US election.

The single most important event of the US Presidential election took place last week and to my knowledge it has gone completely unreported.

This was not the video tape of Donald Trump’s grotesque and deeply offensive sexual banter from 2005. 

It was the public confirmation that an intelligence agency is directly interfering in an ongoing US Presidential election. 

The intelligence agency in question is not however that of Russia as is being reported.  It is that of the United States itself.

To understand why this is so, consider the statement US intelligence published last week on the subject of alleged Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and of other US agencies involved in the election.  It reads as follows:

“The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow—the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”

(bold italics added)

The statement is an implicit admission that US intelligence has no evidence to back its allegations of Russian hacking. 

It is merely “confident” – not “sure” – that it is the Russians who are behind the hacking, and it is clear from the statement that it arrived at this conclusion purely through inference: because the hacks supposedly were “consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts”.

US intelligence assumes the Russians were behind the hack not because it knows this to be so but in part because of what it believes Russian motives to be.

The statement backs its claim with a textual trick.  It says “the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia”.  It then immediately follows these words with the words “for example”. 

These lead to the expectation that an actual example of such Russian “tactics and techniques” is about to follow.  Instead what is provided are the fact free words “to influence public opinion there”. 

The words “for example” lend nothing to the meaning of the statement, which would be exactly the same without them.  These two words as used in the statement are actually meaningless.   That is a sure sign that their presence in the statement is intended to confuse the casual reader, and that this is true of the statement as a whole.  

The words are designed to create a subliminal impression to a casual reader that the Russians have been caught doing this sort of thing before, without however providing a single actual example when this was the case.

Demonstrating how thin the case of Russian government actually is, the statement then goes on to say

“Some states have also recently seen scanning and probing of their election-related systems, which in most cases originated from servers operated by a Russian company. However, we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government.”

(bold italics added)

In other words US intelligence admits the mere fact servers operated by a Russian company may have been used for “scanning and probing” – and presumably also for hacking – is not in itself proof of the involvement of the Russian government.

This is consistent with what I have heard, which is that skilled and well-resourced hackers can use compromised machines to carry out hacks by remote access, and that the mere discovery that a particular machine has been used in a hack does not in and of itself implicate the owner.   (I should stress I am not an expert in this field and I may have misunderstood this.  However it appears to be what US intelligence is saying).

This part of the statement seems to me intended to prevent challenges to the eventual outcome of the election based on US intelligence’s claims of Russian hacking.  US intelligence does not want to be drawn into post-election arguments about the validity of the election outcome, which might lead to demands that it make public its “evidence” of Russian hacking.  In the process US intelligence however casts doubt on what is almost certainly the only actual evidence it has of Russian state involvement in the hacking.

In summary, the statement is a mere statement of opinion, it is not a statement of fact, and the evidence upon which it is based is threadbare. 

Moreover since the DNC hack is a criminal offence, it is a statement of opinion made about a matter which is presumably being investigated by the police. 

The relevant police agency is presumably the FBI, which significantly is not a co-author of the statement. 

That in turn begs a host of questions: has the FBI been shown the “evidence” upon which US intelligence expresses its opinion and has made the statement?  Has it asked to see this “evidence”?  Was it invited to co-author the statement?  What does the FBI think of the public involvement of US intelligence in a domestic criminal matter which falls within the FBI’s exclusive competence?

If the statement is merely a statement of opinion based on inference of which guesses about Russian “motivations” apparently form a major part, and one which moreover concerns a matter which is or ought to be the subject of investigation by the police and not therefore the subject of this sort of comment, why was it published at all?

The short answer is in order to help Hillary Clinton win the US Presidential election. 

To that end the statement fulfils two purposes: firstly, it discredits the content of any leaks that might otherwise damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign by lending credence to her claim that they are part of a Russian ‘dirty tricks’ campaign against her; and secondly, it lends credence to the claim popularised by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and by Hillary Clinton’s supporters in the media that Donald Trump is Putin’s candidate and that Putin is trying to help him win the election. 

That the second is one of the purposes of  statement is proved by its reference to US intelligence’s “belief” that the leak was authorised by “Russia’s senior-most officials”.  This is clearly intended to refer to Putin, and is intended to give the impression that Putin himself personally authorised the DNC leak in order to damage Hillary Clinton and to help Trump win the election and become President.

US intelligence has meddled in elections in other countries on numerous occasions starting with the Italian parliamentary elections of 1948

To my knowledge this is however the first occasion that US intelligence has directly and publicly meddled in a US national election, acting to help one candidate defeat another. 

It matters not whether this was done by US intelligence on its own initiative, or whether it was pressured to do so by officials of the Obama administration or of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Either way the disturbing truth must now be faced: the practice of US intelligence meddling in and trying to influence national elections has now been imported home to the US.

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hsun85's picture

a coup in the US if Trump wins?

38BWD22's picture

 

 

ZH member chupacabra-322 has done us all a great favor by exposing the mass use of "gaslighting" on our population.  Gaslighting is a range of dirty psychological tricks designed not only to LIE and sow doubt, but is even more toxic: inducing people to doubt their own senses...  A version, or related to if you will, a Deliberate Cognitive Dissonance.

Gaslighting is a dangerous set of tools, as it can tip the weak into insanity without their knowledge (and not even a Warrant from a judge).

Here's a YouTube video that discusses this in some detail:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul7lLUwnI6w

There are plenty more examples at YouTube with different takes.

*   *   *

THEY are gaslighting us!  

The Intelligence Community knows this shit as well as the Klinton Krime Machine.

 

Loftie's picture
Loftie (not verified) 38BWD22 Oct 10, 2016 9:39 PM

B Clinton: CIA
W Bush: CIA
BO: CIA
Hillary: CIA

Trump has no chance against Hillary. http://bit.ly/1p1jKnr

38BWD22's picture

 

 

No, none of the above.  I was there, clearly you were not.

George H W Bush was Director of the CIA.  

Why do you MSU?  You are probably gaslighting us too.


wee-weed up's picture

 

 

"U.S. Intelligence meddles in U.S. Presidential election: backs Hillary Clinton, tries to stop Donald Trump"

Of all the alphabet gov't agencies thoroughly corrupted in the last 8 years by the Obozo Admin...

We can now add every US intelligence agency to the list.

This illegal bastardization of the American system MUST end now. Last chance...

Vote Trump 2016.

MalteseFalcon's picture

We need some testimony from Colin Powell on this.

The Russians have been hacking emails and they have yellow cake and aluminum tubes.

Do you know what you can do with an aluminum tube?!?!?!?

BennyBoy's picture

 

Hey, US "intelligence", release all 30,000 of Hillarys emails. You have copies!

 

NidStyles's picture

Hmm, the agencies that were stood up by commies is being supportive of fellow commies, imagine that...

cheech_wizard's picture

Let me share a piece of history with you douchebag...

Francis Biddle, FDR Attorney General, prosecuted 33 opponents of WWII for "sedition" on the President's orders...

Standard Disclaimer: Let the good times (and the heads) roll.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Projection, US citizens know a lot about that. They often accuse others of what they do themselves. It is part of the US culture sort of.

US citizens could not be pleased in living in a honest, sincere, genuine world.

The taste of fake democracy, fake freedom, fake truth, fake justice is just too sweeter for them to give up on them.

38BWD22's picture

 

 

"They often accuse others of what they do themselves."

That is exactly what the Left (and other control freaks, and wankers like John Harwood and the rest at CNBC) do.  

You nailed it 100%.

Liberal's picture

But we get to serve the Chosen People who are mostly Democrats!

38BWD22's picture

 

 

And we will do so with shit-eating grins!

 

Stacking and packing til the sun goes down.

Prepare.

Be Ready.


Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Shemp 4 Victory Oct 10, 2016 10:40 PM

Popular Jew Culture did this to them, marketing.

TVee generation.

Movie madness.

Every notice how people tell you something and then say "it's just like in that movie ____"

as if the movie depicts reality, the total opposite of the truth.

ThisIsMadness's picture

The welfare state has taken the fight out of everyone. It's just to easy to sit on your arse collecting a paycheck. As long as the cable bill (and now the internet bill) is paid, no one cares about anything else. 

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ 38B,

Thank you, I'm flattered & appreciate it. To elaborate a bit:

Vertically integrated Centraized Control Power via The Telecommunications Act / DE Regulation Act during the Clinton Administration.

Its been an Incremental Totalitarian Authoritatrian Fascist Criminal Corporate Government UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. Fraud. Run by Zio Neo Fasict Pure Evil Cri,inal Psychopaths.

The Social Engineering "Gas Lighting" on the population on a mass scale has been the result from the aforementioned.

Sinister, diabolical & Criminal.

38BWD22's picture

 

 

Yep.  They should be in jail for a LOOOONNGG time.

 

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) 38BWD22 Oct 10, 2016 10:38 PM

DNC hack proved that Hillary stole the nomination from Sanders.

Stanford University (one of theirs) proved it a few months ago.

Intelligence "stealing is good"

Intelligence agencies are heavy Mormon, the "never Trumpers" those who think they are some sort of lost Jews.

The whole election is about

1. TPP which turns over sovereignty of every nation that signs it to (((multinational corporations.)))

2. Overthrowing Putin and seizing Russia.

Hillary Rodent will do both.

Hillary Rodent's supporters are evil pieces of shit.

more tapes on Trump are coming, you better get ready to red pill some people around you, they are sleeping have no idea what the goal is here.

38BWD22's picture

<== Yes

<== No

 

Stupid ZH Poll on behalf of 38BWD22's proposed tagline:

 

Stacking and packing til the sun goes down.

Prepare.

Be Ready.

Phil Free's picture

Why stop stackin' & packin', just 'cuz the sun goes down?  Kick a light on, and keep rockin' n' rollin'...

Never stop.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

I had no idea that there were so many secrets on so many officials in those 900 FBI files the Clintons stole and studied and memorized during Bill "Rapist" Clinton's terms in office.

Remember that? They couldn't find them ANYwhere.

Then suddenly they showed up. All by themselves, on a desk in Hillary "Rapist Enabler" Clinton's office.

38BWD22's picture

 

 

On a long enough timeline, the corruption of The Klintons rises to infinity.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

The 6 Master Manipulations that Narcissists Use

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kizgcgBViZ4

Found it educational.  Reminded me of the Clintons.

38BWD22's picture

 

 

Thanks, listening now.

One of my "Virtual Friends" (from ZH actually, great guy, actually a real friend now) sent me a similar video by Ann Barnhardt, apparently her last video.  It was on Diabolical Narcissists.  It's long and "Catholic" (in her inimitable way), but excellent.

 

esum's picture

two shitheads  CLAPPER and BRENNAN

NEITHER KNOWS THE FIRST THING ABOUT INTEL.... THERE ARE REAL SPOOKS DOING FANTASTIC THINGS BUT ONCE THE INFO GETS TO BRENNAN AND THEN PASSED TO CLAPPER IT IS SO DISTORTED AND POLITICIZED ITS IS USELESS...BESIDES THE JIVEASS IN THE WH HAS NO INTENTION OF ACTING ON IT TO BEGIN WITH... OBAMA JIHADI ... MIKE MORELL WAS ALSO A DESK JOCKEY ANALYST POLITICALLY DISTORTING REPORTS.... being at Langley where people roam the halls eating chocolate, spreading gossip and asskissing guarantees fast advancement based on politicing and its heavily tilted towards the LEFT... LIBTARDS prosper... 

BRENNAN WAS A DESK JOCKEY ANALYST WANNABE SPOOK MASTER ASSKISSER WHO NOW FOCUSES ON DIVERSITY. HE HAS OPENED THE DOOR TO THE MEDIA AND MUSLIMS ALLOWING BOTH PRACTICALLY FREE REIGN AND INPUT INTO POLICY, training  and manuals AND WORDING TO NOT OFFEND OUR ENEMY... 

CLAPPER IS A MASTER ASSCLOWN INTERMEDIARY INTEL DISTORTER WHO EDITS THE INTEL TO SUIT THE ASSHOLE OCCUPYING THE WHITE HOUSE..and lies to congress and america..... 

IF EVERYONE ON THE 7TH FLOOR AT LANGLEY WAS FIRED OR ABDUCTED BY ALIENS..... THE WORLD WOULD BE A SAFER PLACE AND YOU CAN THROW IN THE 7000* LAWYERS EMPLOYED TO STYMIE COLLECTING ANY REAL INTEL..... WHICH IS PARTLY WHY THE USA IS ALWAYS CAUGHT OFF BALANCE AND BY SURPRISE.... 

FAR AS THE DNI .... THERE WOULD BE NO NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE IF THEY DO OR DONT SHOW UP AT WORK...

the DNI is a total waste of taxpayer money, another bloated bureau employing people who should be unemployed except they make huge salaries doing NOTHNBG OF TANGIBLE VALUE.... politically connected useless scum...

Icewater Enema's picture

No fooling. TPTB have been setting the stage to blame the election outcome on Russian interference if Trump wins. Here's a sequence for all you conspiracy theorists:

- DNC, Hillary hacks blamed on Russians

- Russia also fingered in malfunctions, tampering with local elections recently

- Trump wins election

- CIA, FBI, etc. declare Russian interference in election

- Obama declares results invalid

- Election goes to Congress or SCOTUS who declare Hillary the winner

- Rioting ensues

- Obama uses riots as reason to declare marshall law, crack down on rioters

Then the fun begins. I doubt it would get to that but I would bet some assclowns in the administration have already war gamed these types of scenarios.

 

A Nanny Moose's picture

IOW: Arm your body and mind. Back it with lead and brass.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Icewater Enema Oct 10, 2016 10:32 PM

btw election day looks like 2000

remember when they asked Trump if he "would accept the election results?"

Scalia needed to be removed and (((they))) did it.

FatTony7915726's picture

Hillary & Trump are neck-and-neck in the polls.  Can you imagine if Hillary wasn't being helped by MSM, the moderators of the first 2 debates, the Clinton Foundation cash, the constant commercial attacks on Trump, Sydney Blumenthal, The Bilderberg groupies, Soros et al, Wassermann Shultz, DNC, .....etc

 

Hillary would lose! The playing field is not leveled fairly yet TRUMP can win due to the average Joe that composes the massive voting machine.  Oh wait, Hillary is friends with someone on the board of directors of DieBold!   I smell a scam!  Diebold machine tampering anyone?

wee-weed up's picture

The Shadow Gov't will do anything to cover it's ass, ensure & continue it's own illegal existence.

fleur de lis's picture

These .gov weasels who are also known by the laughable term of "intelligence" are nothing more than love slaves for whomever can sign thier paychecks.

Every last one is a .gov crack ho.

 

Vatican_cameo's picture

 

They aren't even close to being "Neck and Neck".  Trump is up by a large margin, but the MSM will never report that.  If they are going to Throw the Election, they have to keep the numbers within the margin of error.  If Trump is up by 20, no one will believe that Hildebeast pulled off a Victory.  It's all game planning.

fauxhammer's picture

We got us a bad case of the Clapper

Crash Overide's picture

Our problem is much bigger than US intelligence propping up Hillary, there needs to be a legitimate revolution to put an end to all of this, it's out of control and using the political system will not fix it.

localsavage's picture

At the next debate, Trump needs to hammer Hillary on her war monger record and state clearly that she is the one trying to start shit wit Russia.

Max Cynical's picture

I have a question for Hillary...

Since you assert with confidence that Russia is so adept at hacking, is it possible they also hacked your personal server and had access to sensitive classified documents?

man of Wool's picture

True, but Donald wants to start shit with China. He has certainly said he wants to build up forces to "compete" with the growing military threat. I like the fact that we wants to talk with Russia but I cannot see anything positive coming out unless Donald is prepared to change policy on Syria. i.e. Either get out or help Russia.  What would donald's reaction be towards the Syrian Kurds? America has been helping them but Russia and Syria and ISIS want to destroy?

Donald's lack of detail on policies has harmed him and not helped his credibility.

Cynicles's picture

The average Joe owns neither "the massive voting machine" nor the electoral college.

The average Joe owns nothing, suffering & misery aside.

The Chief's picture

I just returned from Trump rally in PA. There is no way for Hillary to win. It wont be close. However, as someone below mentions, they are gaming us to project a close race. Its not even close.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) FatTony7915726 Oct 10, 2016 10:36 PM

Trump had 10,000 people today at his rally in Pennsylvania all chanting 'CNN SUCKS!"

fukidontknow's picture

 

In a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.

 

-Charles Bukowski

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Mr Pink Oct 10, 2016 10:36 PM

GAS PIPELINE to cut Russia out of EU.

Unlitro's picture

The fact that US government is applying the same methods it once used abroad is typical of an age of decline.
The main end of setting up this lame campaing against "russian" hackers is to have the FBI or other government agency take care of the electoral data (and make her win).
Again, it is for our security.

navy62802's picture

As if it even matters anymore. The pretense of having a free and fair election has been completely destroyed at this point.

1980XLS's picture

US Intelligence/Hillary Clinton.

The ultimate oxy-moron