A "Soft Coup" Attempt: Furious Trump Slams "Secret" CIA Report Russia Helped Him Win

Tyler Durden's picture

Overnight the media propaganda wars escalated after the late Friday release of an article by the Washington Post (which last week admitted to using unverified, or fake, news in an attempt to smear other so-called "fake news" sites) according to which a secret CIA assessment found that Russia sought to tip last month’s U.S. presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor, a conclusion presented without any actual evidence, and which drew an extraordinary, and angry rebuke from the president-elect’s camp.

“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” Trump’s transition team said, launching a broadside against the spy agency. “The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.’ ”

The Washington Post report comes after outgoing President Barack Obama ordered a review of all cyberattacks that took place during the 2016 election cycle, amid growing calls from Congress for more information on the extent of Russian interference in the campaign. The newspaper cited officials briefed on the matter as saying that individuals with connections to Moscow provided WikiLeaks with email hacked from the Democratic National Committee, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief and others.

Without a shred of evidence provided, and despite Wikileaks' own on the record denial that the source of the emails was Russian, the WaPo attack piece claims the email messages were steadily leaked out via WikiLeaks in the months before the election, damaging Clinton’s White House run. Essentially, according to the WaPo, the Russians’ aim was to help Donald Trump win and not just undermine the U.S. electoral process, hinting at a counter-Hillary intent on the side of Putin.

“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,” the newspaper quoted a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation last week to key senators as saying. “That’s the consensus view.”

CIA agents told the lawmakers it was “quite clear” - although it was not reported exactly what made it "clear" - that electing Trump was Russia’s goal, according to officials who spoke to the Post, citing growing evidence from multiple sources.

And yet, key questions remain unanswered, and the CIA’s report fell short of being a formal U.S. assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies the newspaper said, for two reasons. As we reported in November "The "Fact" That 17 Intelligence Agencies Confirmed Russia is Behind the Email Hacks Isn’t Actually…A "Fact", and then also because aside from so-called "consensus", there is - once again - no evidence, otherwise the appropriate agencies would have long since released it, and this is nothing more than another propaganda attempt to build tension with Russia. In fact, the WaPo admits as much in the following text, which effectively destroys the article's entire argument :

The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal U.S. assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. 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.

For example, intelligence agencies do not have specific intelligence showing officials in the Kremlin “directing” the identified individuals to pass the Democratic emails to WikiLeaks, a second senior U.S. official said. Those actors, according to the official, were “one step” removed from the Russian government, rather than government employees. Moscow has in the past used middlemen to participate in sensitive intelligence operations so it has plausible deniability.

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 “I’ll be the first one to come out and point at Russia if there’s clear evidence, but there is no clear evidence — even now,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a member of the Trump transition team. “There’s a lot of innuendo, lots of circumstantial evidence, that’s it.”

And since even the WaPo is forced to admit that intelligence agents don’t have the proof that Russian officials directed the identified individuals to supply WikiLeaks with the hacked Democratic emails, the best it can do is speculate based on circumstantial inferences, especially since, as noted above, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denied links with Russia’s government, putting the burden of proof on the side of those who challenge the Wikileaks narrative. So far that proof has not been provided.

Nonetheless, at the White House, Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said Obama called for the cyberattacks review earlier this week to ensure “the integrity of our elections.”

“This report will dig into this pattern of malicious cyberactivity timed to our elections, take stock of our defensive capabilities and capture lessons learned to make sure that we brief members of Congress and stakeholders as appropriate,” Schultz said.

Taking the absurdity to a whole new level, Obama wants the report completed before his term ends on January 20, by none other than a proven and confirmed liar: "The review will be led by James Clapper, the outgoing director of national intelligence, officials said." In other words, the report that the Kremlin stole the election should be prepared by the time Trump is expected to be sworn in.

“We are going to make public as much as we can,” the spokesman added. “This is a major priority for the president.”

The move comes after Democrats in Congress pressed the White House to reveal details, to Congress or to the public, of Russian hacking and disinformation in the election.

On Oct. 7, one month before the election, the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence announced that “the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations.” “These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process,” they said.

Trump dismissed those findings in an interview published Wednesday by Time magazine for its “Person of the Year” award. Asked if the intelligence was politicized, Trump answered: “I think so.”

“I don’t believe they interfered,” he said. “It could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.”

Worried that Trump will sweep the issue under the rug after his inauguration, seven Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee called on Nov. 29 for the White House to declassify what it knows about Russian interference. The seven have already been briefed on the classified details, suggesting they believe there is more information the public should know. On Tuesday this week, leading House Democrats called on Obama to give members of the entire Congress a classified briefing on Russian interference, from hacking to the spreading of fake news stories to mislead U.S. voters.

Republicans in Congress have also promised hearings into Russian activities once the new administration comes in.

Obama’s homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco said the cyberinterference goes back to the 2008 presidential race, when both the Obama and John McCain campaigns were hit by malicious computer intrusions.

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An interesting aside to emerge from last night's hit piece and the Trump team response is that there is now a full blown turf war between Trump and the CIA, as NBC's Chuck Todd observed in a series of late Friday tweets:

To which Glenn Greenwald provided the best counterargument:

However, of the mini Tweetstorm, this was the most important aspect: the veiled suggestion that in addition to Russia, both the FBI and the Obama presidency prevented Hillary from becoming the next US president...

... which in light of these stunning new unproven and baseless allegations, she may very well have renewed aspirations toward.

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So while there is no "there" there following the WaPo's latest attempt to fan the rarging fires of evidence-free propaganda, or as the WaPo itself would say "fake news", here is why the story has dramatic implications. First, the only two quotes which matter:

"...there is no clear evidence — even now,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a member of the Trump transition team. “There’s a lot of innuendo, lots of circumstantial evidence, that’s it.”

 

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"...Obama wants the report before he leaves office Jan. 20, Monaco said. The review will be led by [PROVEN LIAR] James Clapper, the outgoing director of national intelligence, officials said."

And then the summary:

  1. Announce "consensus" (not unanimous) "conclusion" based in circumstantial evidence now, before the Electoral College vote, then write a report with actual details due by Jan 20.
  2. Put a proven liar in charge of writing the report on Russian hacking.
  3. Fail to mention that not one of the leaked DNC or Podesta emails has been shown to be inauthentic. So the supposed Russian hacking simply revealed truth about Hillary, DNC, and MSM collusion and corruption.
  4. Fail to mention that if hacking was done by or for US government to stop Hillary, blaming the Russians would be the most likely disinformation used by US agencies.
  5. Expect every pro-Hillary lapdog journalist - which is virtually all of them - in America will hyperventilate (Twitter is currently on fire) about this latest fact-free, anti-Trump political stunt for the next nine days.

Or, as a reader put it, this is a soft coup attempt by leaders of Intel community and Obama Admin to influence the Electoral College vote, similar to the 1960s novel "Seven Days in May."

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Nemontel's picture

Trump is the first more or less independant candidate in decades. Most of our politicians are chosen by the Oligarchy.

http://www.truthjustice.net/politics/chosen-leaders-proven-failures/

TeamDepends's picture

Breaking: WaPo Goes Full Retard

Keyser's picture

Once again it's a case of "watch the shiny object"... The "secret CIA report" seems to focus on who leaked the documents to Wikileaks and not the content of those documents... The left have not refuted that the emails are real, just who leaked them to Assange... Fuck 'em, if they keep Trump from the white house there will be revolution... 

Chupacabra-322's picture

The fact that we all have to worry about the CIA killing a President Elect simply because the man puts America first, really says it all.

The Agency is Cancer. Why are we even waiting for them to kill another one of our people to act? There should be no question about the CIA's future in the US.

Dissolved & dishonored. Its members locked away or punished for Treason. Their reputation is so bad and has been for so long, that the fact that you joined them should be enough to justify arrest and Execution for Treason, Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against The American People.

Arrest Hillary & Bill Clinton. Freeze their assets. RICO The Clinton Foundation & bring down the Satanic Global Crime Syndicate.

This will de facto Drain the Swamp. Then, immediately End the Fed.

These Scum Fuck Occultist have been "Illuminated" and forced out into the light. This opportunity to peacefully "Drain the Swamp" cannot be squandered.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Breaking: WaPo Goes Full Retard

 

FAKE NEWS ALERT!!!

nmewn's picture

I'm sure everything will be just fine...James Clapper is running the "consensus investigation"!!!...lol.

Greyhat's picture

Obama is clever. Teams MAGA ./. CIA in a dog fight cage...

Seems Obama preferres a Kennedy solution in this after election situation. :)

But without having to give the order directly.

BullyBearish's picture

END the FED and their secret army the CIA

Manthong's picture

If you like your fake news, you can keep your fake news.

It’s either an invented story by BezosPo or a frame-up by the government.

They do a lot of that, you know...

FBI sent planeload of agents to frame Assange in Iceland? 

NSA Whistleblower: NSA Spying On - and Blackmailing

 

manofthenorth's picture

And the song remains the same;

From none other than the Washington Post, oh the irony.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/10/13/the-long-hi...

"Aside from its instigation of coups and alliances with right-wing juntas, Washington sought to more subtly influence elections in all corners of the world. And so did Moscow. Political scientist Dov Levin calculates that the “two powers intervened in 117 elections around the world from 1946 to 2000 — an average of once in every nine competitive elections.”

In the late 1940s, the newly established CIA cut its teeth in Western Europe, pushing back against some of the continent's most influential leftist parties and labor unions. In 1948, the United States propped up Italy's centrist Christian Democrats and helped ensure their electoral victory against a leftist coalition, anchored by one of the most powerful communist parties in Europe. CIA operatives gave millions of dollars to their Italian allies and helped orchestrate what was then an unprecedented, clandestine propaganda campaign: This included forging documents to besmirch communist leaders via fabricated sex scandals, starting a mass letter-writing campaign from Italian Americans to their compatriots, and spreading hysteria about a Russian takeover and the undermining of the Catholic Church.

“We had bags of money that we delivered to selected politicians, to defray their political expenses, their campaign expenses, for posters, for pamphlets,” recounted F. Mark Wyatt, the CIA officer who handled the mission and later participated in more than 2½ decades of direct support to the Christian Democrats.

This template spread everywhere: CIA operative Edward G. Lansdale, notorious for his efforts to bring down the North Vietnamese government, is said to have run the successful 1953 campaign of Philippines President Ramon Magsaysay. Japan's center-right Liberal Democratic Party was backed with secret American funds through the 1950s and the 1960s. The U.S. government and American oil corporations helped Christian parties in Lebanon win crucial elections in 1957 with briefcases full of cash.

In Chile, the United States prevented Allende from winning an election in 1964. “A total of nearly four million dollars was spent on some fifteen covert action projects, ranging from organizing slum dwellers to passing funds to political parties,” detailed a Senate inquiry in the mid-1970s that started to expose the role of the CIA in overseas elections. When it couldn't defeat Allende at the ballot box in 1970, Washington decided to remove him anyway."

Mr. Universe's picture

So yet again we see TPTB use the exact same tactics as they accuse others of doing. Shessh you think at least they would come up with something original. All outraged about Influencing elections and toppling governments? THEN DON"T DO IT. Basturds.

Pinto Currency's picture

Trump has said the CIA intelligence briefings are useless and has indicated that he will disband the CIA - JFK said the same.

The CIA responds exactly as expected.

cossack55's picture

How about their fuckin' job!

 

 

 

 Oops, sorry. I had a reality flashback.  Damn those good drugs.

Kidbuck's picture

Russians are training the illegals in secret camps in the Sierra Madre mountains before they are released into the US. I was there and saw it. Bigfoot was guarding the entrance.

philipat's picture

The CIA (Clinton Initiative Associates) is (attempting to) fight back. Shooting the messenger actually doesn't change the message, which MSM doesn't want to address. And BTW, Assange didn't say that his source was not "The Russian Government" but that "it didn't come from Russia", which is quite different. Of course, the real source is now a "very quiet American" so the risk of direct confirmation is gone. What a surprise!

Jim in MN's picture

The only WMDs around here are on WEINER'S LAPTOP.

That laptop is the real 'shiny object'.

Eyes on the prize, folks.

manofthenorth's picture

PIZZAGATE< PIZZAGATE<PIZZAGATE<PIZZAGATE<PIZZAGATE

Chris Dakota's picture

From what I researched Pizzagate is very gay.

They are doing anything to protect that.

One guy is a Bear (hairy bearded gay man) who was admiring adult man with female child sex posted by David Brock.

disgusting sick pukes are all over the satanic slime in this world

The Wizard's picture

Hopefully, the CIA has more righteous than unrighteous in its ranks compared to when Kennedy was whacked. 

Kidbuck's picture

Yeah, the righteous CIA members are all friends with the righteous FBI agents that spilled the beans on Hillary.

webmatex's picture

Hey cheap Thrill and Hitlery have been enlisted members since college!

Trump v Cia.

Offthebeach's picture

So CIA just fake news/plants/fabricates outside the US, but not to ever never ever sheep dip/white wash for that to be picked up in th US.

Plus we have Dan Rather/Peter Jennings type eagle eye types that would pick that up in seconds. Yup. You betch'ya!

Omen IV's picture
Obama & The Presstitutes: Legalized  DOMESTIC Propaganda to American Citizens The National Defense Authorization Act of July 2013 (NDAA) included an amendment that legalized the use of propaganda on the American public. The amendment — originally proposed by Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and passed – nullified the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which explicitly forbids information and psychological operations aimed at influencing U.S. public opinion. The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 allowed U.S. propaganda intended to influence foreign audiences to be used on the domestic population.
Signed by….. Obama. This Act formalized systems in place covertly or ad hoc for some time.This Russia CIA Program aimed at US Citizens is part of the OBAMA FRAUD to  cover the crimes of Clinton et al. The MSM and especially the NYT is the epi-center of “Fake News”  The Smith-Mundt Modernization Bill was incorporated into the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (H.R.4310). The Smith-Mundt provisions weren’t part of the bill when it was originally introduced, but were added on May 18, 2012. included in amendment 1140, which was approved by roll call vote 288. http://foreignpolicy.com/channel/the-cable/ http://www.businessinsider.com/ndaa-legalizes-propaganda-2012-5
Gonzogal's picture

"In the late 1940s, the newly established CIA cut its teeth in Western Europe, pushing back against some of the continent's most influential leftist parties and labor unions. In 1948, the United States propped up Italy's centrist Christian Democrats and helped ensure their electoral victory against a leftist coalition, anchored by one of the most powerful communist parties in Europe."

 

The CIA cut ist teeth in Europe, not just with false info but actually had teams of people to carry our false flag events where hundreds if not thousands died! AKA Operation GLADIO.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGHXjO8wHsA

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



JRobby's picture

The thing about CIA sources is that you cant reveal who they are or it can be a charge of treason......

(well, most of the time. Let's go ride Scooters!!!!)

beemasters's picture

Hillary was a big threat to Russia security. Trump was willing to work with Russia. Does anyone really believe Russia has absolutely no part to play in Trump's win? Think again. They should and I think they did! Whether it was an illegal intervention would be another question.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Thinking is one thing. Proving it is another. And what do you "think" about the CIA and Victoria Nuland's role in toppling the elected government in the Ukraine? How about NATO expansion for decades under Clinton, Bush and Obama? Aren't these DIRECT THREATS against Putin and Russia? Yes, they most certainly are. Fuck the CIA. They do far more harm than good for the people in the USA.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

The Fascist Left/Communists - are panicking, obviously they decided that either of the two terminal strategies - 2nd Civil War or nuclear WW3 are good to go for them as long as they would provide a way back to the power so that they can afvance their lunatic globalist agenda.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Have you seen the movie 'The Good Shepherd'? In case you didn't read the CIA history. CIA was never meant to serve the interest of 'the people', it was setup solely to protect the interest and advance the agenda of the wealthy american aristocracy.

Jim in MN's picture

The reason the USA quite deliberately chose to NOT have a clandestine foreign intelligence service until WWII (OSS, then controversially converted to CIA) is simple.

IT'S UNAMERICAN IN ITS ESSENCE.

 

Bay of Pigs's picture

Yes Jim, it most certainly is. After the Bay of Pigs fiasco, JFK was quoted as saying that he wanted to "smash the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds".

We all know how that ended up.

beemasters's picture

Oh, without a doubt, CIA the west has been intervening in other nations' affairs. But that's besides the point. I am pretty sure Russia has done its part as well to retaliate. Do you think Russia let things progress naturally???

PS. Personally, I have received a clever message from a Russian IP address to request that I voted Trump. No one can be absolutely sure Russia wasn't doing something to influence the outcome. But I'm glad they did cos I had been asking people I knew not to vote Hillary or not to vote at all.

SheHunter's picture

Luckily our hands are clean.  The CIA/FBI never, ever, ever has interefered with another country's election process. <sarc>

Krungle's picture

Hillary was a threat to life on Earth. She made it clear her intent was to wage war against Russia (and probably China). Obviously the US has been conducting cyberwarfare, psyops and propaganda against Russia, as this has been documented in the past. Russia's response may merely have been presenting authentic information via RT/Sputnik/etc. and putting clips of Putin online where he sounds like a rational human being. In other words, they may be guilty of nothing more than providing Americans with the truth, much as America did with the Soviets.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Has WaPo's story been confirmed by more credible outfits such as Star Magazine or Weekly World News?

TeamDepends's picture

Or Huffpo, salon, or dailykos?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

I'm sure that The Accredited Times will confirm it as true. That's every bit as reliable as anything from WaahPoo, NYT, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, ABC, CBS, NBC, et alia.

cossack55's picture

Anyone else smell a McCain and Graham in the woodpile?

auricle's picture

I'm waiting for the response from DHS to Georgia about an attempt to access their voter database. If DHS says it wasn't them, things will get very interesting in the electoral college. 

fx's picture

Boycott Amazon!! Drain the Bezos - WaPo swamp!!

clymer's picture

“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false” -William Casey, CIA Director, 1981

unrulian's picture

If we suggest Russia helped trump with our fake news then maybe people will forget about Pizzagate in their fake news.

beemasters's picture

How can you ever forget Pizzagate??? Eating pizzas now will never carry the same experience again. It was the worst code word they could ever have chosen.

rccalhoun's picture

if the election results are overturned does that mean a 1000 drop in the dow and a 1.5% 10 year T?   back to pre-trump levels?

 

my bad....it would be a Hillary rally in stocks....but the treasuries would revert towards NIRP  30000 Dow  and negative rates!

mccvilb's picture

That was exactly what this brought to mind for me - a John F Kennedy moment, but not his assassination. I was thinking of an earlier time well before this., ie, Nikita Krushev banging the table at the UN with his shoe. The state of the nation - people were in a panic because Russia let it be known it was about to bring nuclear missiles into Cuba. It was a ploy by the Russians and Krushev to de-escalate the tensions between the two countries over our attempt to take out Castro and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. 

Fade to today. Why would the Russians care who won the presidency? Hillary the war monger or the Donald, the negotiator? Ahh, maybe because we just brought into Turkey then consequently moved fifty nuclear missiles into position along Russia's border? Who authorized and ordered that? Would that be any cause for worry by Russia or its citizenry? Is that or is it not total insanity? Total fuckery? Obama and Hillary have put us four minutes away from a worldwide nuclear holocaust and now they are trying to make Trump look like he was in bed with Putin. I don't know what Trump is but I do know he and Putin are the only two people on the same wavelength right now, thank the electoral college. 

Kayman's picture

Bay of Pigs, Saddam's Weapons of Mass Destruction.  The CIA will fabricate any truth you would like. The Deep State has shit its' pants.

Muddy1's picture

I think that Trump should call for an investigation into how members of his campaign team and his administration went to Israel and tried to help a candidae unseat Bibi.

overbet's picture

If the Russian government is so bad, why arent the Liberals screaming to open our borders to the Russian people? Do you think they would fight to allow them in as they do Muslims?

makinbacon's picture

If Russian women flooded America.....Our girls here wouldn't get a date.