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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overbet's picture

Agreed, they are the sexy. I married a first generation asian girl after a lifetime of dating over entitled spoiled American women.

overbet's picture

Another thing is Russian women are entirely put off by Cucks. So the Cucks would need to evolve and boost their test levels.

MzMolly's picture

Sad, but maybe true. As a women I've seen the complete destruction of girls and for that matter, men. Being beautiful, sexy and feminine are now scorned. Men are to be skinny, weaklings and have no chivalry.

The left agenda has destroyed human nature. Who woulda thunk!

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) MzMolly Dec 11, 2016 6:14 AM

All by design, including clothing design because that is part of it.

They don't want white people breeding, that is obvious.

Citizen_x's picture

 Or....

Just maybe, there are new middle men in town.  The " in the know " little, middle

people are out and perhaps, don't want to leave " the BIG Club ".  There will always

be a layer, or "go between"s" for DEEP State and the rest of us little people.  The

current crop has a shelf life until JAN 2017.  Now, now...what are they afraid of ?

Bay of Pigs's picture

Some have pointed out here that some patriots within the NSA or some other intelligence agency is the source of the Podesta emails and not the Russians. Certainly makes more sense when seeing the level of fraud and corruption that went on within the Clinton State Dept., CF and the campaign effort. All sorts of crimes were committed.

max2205's picture

Barry really is making his legacy stick...hopelessly and  a grander joke that it is....go back to the bath houses 

evoila's picture

Putin might as well show what documents that are really meant to sway an election look like

IntTheLight's picture

I suspect Putin knows what Joan Rivers foolishly blurted out, which some speculate resulted in her untimely death.

SAE6065's picture

James Clapper is nothing more than a Professional Pathological Liar. Nothing more,.Nothing less.  

tmosley's picture

Really looking forward to the coming purge. If they refuse to go to prison, they will go to the gallows instead.

Or maybe the gallows will come to them.

SWRichmond's picture

When the killing starts, be certain the right people are the targets.

This thing is sooooooo far from over.

J S Bach's picture

Do we expect anything less from our controlled media and their insiders in the CIA?  They're all part of the Establishment.  They are amoral beasts who will try ANYTHING to discredit the populist revolt.  Perhaps the most septic part of the "swamp" is the CIA.  They are powerful, ruthless and filled with traitors.  Trump must disinfect this department first and foremost.

Chupacabra-322's picture

There nothing more than a gang of Faggot, Coward, Satanic, Scum Fucks which need to be erradicated off the face of the Earth. Langly burned to the ground as effigy. Along with their Deep State.

weburke's picture

CHubie, you missed this.... BIDEN WENT TO BOSNIA IN AUGUST..WHY?

JARED KUSHNER, TRUMPS SON IN LAW WENT TO BOSNIA IN AUGUST, WHY?

Scuba Steve's picture

Ok, I'll take a crack at the question ...

For good Pizza?

CuttingEdge's picture

I look at the probable causes of JFK's grassy knoll incident, then at the vested interest groups now set against Trump (some decidedly more evil than others, but all wealthy), and I sincerely hope he has the best damned protection team ever.

dark pools of soros's picture

Trump best chance is to clean up the FBI and let that attack all those other 17 CIA agencies

 

Karl Marxist's picture

I'm placing a call to Jason Bourne. He'll know what to do....

HamFistedIdiot's picture

Damon is anti-gun shill, wants guns to be confiscated in US like was done in Australia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZISmvwQ4ZFM

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) J S Bach Dec 10, 2016 12:44 PM

I will splinter the CIA into a million pieces” after the failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion.

JFK

nmewn's picture

We all here at fake nuuuz central ZH look Forward! with breathless anticipation this all inclusive national intelligence review headed up by James Clapper into Hillarys illegal UNSECURED server and Obama's using a FAKE persona in communicating with it.

The game is afoot! ;-)

TeamDepends's picture

We could hire some crappy carpenters for fun. "Oh Jeez sorry Nancy, Michael Moore just completely destroyed the gallows all the way down to the foundation. Back to the holding cell with ya."

Mr. Fix's picture

Just keep in mind, these exact same "Intelligence" operatives invented the 9/11 narrative.

If the truth ever comes out, the fallout will be epic.

Excursionist's picture

Let' say the CIA is 100% accurate about Russia's influence, and let's say Russia truly is the devil incarnate.

In this limited context I would say, "So what?"  Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and in this scenario the U.S. received Trump.

kochevnik's picture

These neo(liberals/conservatives/Bolsheviks/nazis) do not concern themselves with truth, although pizzagate seems to interrupt their sleep

Moe Hamhead's picture

So, tell me now, WaPo, you mean to say we don't try to meddle in their political process?

Or anyone else's for that matter!

boattrash's picture

Well for starters, Gov Intelligence can be filed next to Civil Divorce...in the Circular File under Bullshit.

Freddie's picture

Go back to the 1960s.  Phillp Graham and his wife rans Wa Post.  Phillip got a young girl friend and started going off the reservation saying Wa Po was becoming a mouthpiece for the See Eye Ah.  He was going to divorce his wife.   He then was commited to an insane asylum, released and then killed himself with a shotgun.

http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?/topic/2935-philip-graham/&p...

Phil's wife was the daughter of Eugene Meyer who ran The Fed.

Watergate was not what you were told.  Nixon wanted tariffs and the Rockefellers (who myguess started the CIA - David was an OSS officer in WW2) got mad at their boy Nixon.  Nixon hated George Bush and did not trust him.  All the info the Wa Post got on Nixon was C**IIA info to Ben Bradley, editor of Wa Post, probably from George Bush.  All of Nixons,relatively minor, dirt was passed from See EYE Ah to Wa Post.   Woodward and Bernstein just typed it up.

Bradley was brther in law to Cord Meyer (operation mockingbird). Cord's wife (Mary Pinchot-Meyer) had an ongoing affair with JFK.  After he was killed, she was gonna spill the beans like Marilyn Monroe.   She was killed taking a walk.  Ben BRadley and the See EYE Ah rush to her apartment to get her diary.

Citizen_x's picture

 

Odd...no comments to you post.  Very strange.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Freddie Dec 11, 2016 7:05 AM

Interesting about Nixon and tariffs. I always wondered what the real reason was for taking down Nixon.

Nixon is one of the charts we study in astrology because we find him facinating, or I do at least.

Very soon some hidden info about Nixon will be revealed, bringing light to something hidden deeper.

Maybe  the death of GHW Bush will trigger it.

Thanks for the link, never would have found this myself.

(((Bezos))) in control of Washington Post now is a real coup for (((them))).

nmewn's picture

Anonymous sources who leak top secret and/or classified meetings and intelligence to the Washington Post huh?

Sounds suspiciously like some sort of security breach, fake news or even (egad!) a hack to me ;-)

Freddie's picture

28 years of See Eye Aye necon stooges and drug runners - Bushes, Clintons and Obama.

Evan McMullin in Utah tried to mormon steal Utah - he is CIA stooge and ex Goldman ite.

Ditto with Mitt Romney-Hinckley-Bushes.  Hinckleys ran Mormon church and were best buddies with Bushes and Romneys.  Reagan was not a CIA neoCon stooge so they tried to kill him.

How many phony wars, color revolutions, proxy wars, fake civil wars and drug running wars (Vietnam and Afghanistan to name two) have the Rockefeller CIA been involved with?  

The See eYE aye runs the Navy SEALS and athey are their hit squad.  This is from a friend who was in the Navy and did SEAL insertion jobs on Navy boats.

David Rockefeller was OSS officer in WW2 - so you know who owns them.

Oh and Vietnam was another drug war run by See Eye Ah.  The elites have been making money on drugs since the Chinese opium wars. LBJ and the "agency" plus others needed to get JFK out of the way for the highly profitable Vietnam plus protect the See Eye Ah and The FEd from JFK. 

Mustafa Kemal's picture

CIA, shown to be treasonous since Allen Dulles. Pull the plug

War Machine's picture

the CIA has been arming Al Qaeda and (likely) 'ISIS'.

It is very probable US forces will be killed by these weapons.

Add to that the small issue of the hundreds of thousands of people, Christian and non-Salafist/non-Wahhabi Muslims murdered by the Islamopsycho and Acadami etc. private western mercs.

There have to be good, patriotic Americans within CIA. These intelligence reports are obvious fictions: The agitprop of a neocon/zionist Deep State that fully intends to expand the wars, target Iran and Russia, while sending American blood and treasure to pay their bill.

And now they are going to try to overturn an election in which Clinton not only lost by the rules of our system, but in which Clinton's 'popular vote' win was the product of illegal immigrant and other fraudulent voting.

all of which means they are also willing to risk civil war.

Antifaschistische's picture

Trump should immediatly outlaw all foreign contributions (individuals, corporations, foundations, etc.) to any .gov employee, or political organization, or foundation associated with any .gov employee or campaign.

 

WillyGroper's picture

something's brewing.

obutthoe is planning something coordinated b4 leaving office.

fema announcing coordinated mischief.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R3vg2pTLus

Vatican_cameo's picture

 

Kennedy knew that the CIA was nothing but a group of Useless, Meddling, Lying Assholes, and made it known Publicly.  Unfortunately for him, things didn't turn out all that well.  "Wetwork" is never in shortage with that crew.

MilwaukeeMark's picture

I have developed a begrudging admiration for Stalin. He knew how to decapitate the hydra and keep it under his control.

observer2017's picture

You sound like Justin Trudeau.  

tmosley's picture

Praetorian Guard Redux.

Any nation that embraces secret police will find itself ruled by them in short order.

Normalcy Bias's picture

The Agency is a cancer upon the world.

Uzda Farce's picture
Uzda Farce (not verified) Vatican_cameo Dec 10, 2016 12:32 PM

Most CIA directors are/were members of the Rockefeller/CFR including: Morell, Petraeus, Hayden, Tenet, Deutch, Woolsey, Gates, Webster, Casey, Turner, Bush, Colby, Schlesinger, Helms, McCone and Allen Dulles. Also every Fed chairman since WW2. See member lists at cfr dot org.

"I have discussed Council on Foreign Relations Team A vs. Team B for 35 years. I have seen two anti-CFR people get through the [presidential] screening... The domestic policies of both CFR wings are the same: the maintenance of the American Empire... There is no possibility of [outsiders] capturing power at the top of either party..."

http://archive.lewrockwell.com/north/north1193.html

https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/the-cfr-the-cia-and-the-banks/

No.Fifth.Turning's picture

For me, the scariest part about all of this is that there are "17 intelligence agencies."

BabaLooey's picture

FUCK this shit.

Seriously.

The entire asinine bullshit of the "Russians did it" is getting tired and just plain stupid.

The C.I.A. needs to be gutted. Hosed out. Along with the douchebags in power at all MSM fakeworks.

Trump won because;

It was an ELECTORAL election, and his team knew it, and Canks team ignored it

8 years of FAILED Soetero horseshit came a cropper. FAIL. MISERABLY. EPICALLY. IN ALL FACETS.

Hillary Fucking Clinton is a piece of shit, and the only ones that supported her were brain dead women, Hollywhack ass raped for fame C.I.A. sponsored spooks, dumd assed cucked men, and lame brain sheeple.

Period.

Give it up assholes. Trump won because the formerly working men and women of America HAD ENOUGH WITH THIS SHIT SHOW.

rccalhoun's picture

the volunteers that visited my door x 10 here in nevada were feminine men and self righteous women that would not take no for an answer.  they came in packs.  my mailbox was stuffed daily with demo flyers.  no visits or mail from the trump camp.

and when i voted, i could see "suspected" trump voters minding their own business...the hillary supporters were using mental warfare at the polling place to 'out' trump voters.  yapping away = hillary voter.  acting cool = hillary voter.  PC people = hillary voter.

it was pretty funny.

 

 

equity_momo's picture

Indeed.

3 observations :

1) There is no actual hard evidence Russia did anything to these elections.

2) IF there was evidence Russia helped Trump - we all owe Vlad a huge thank you including dumb democrats. HRC was taking us to war with Russia-something that only benefits the 0.0001% of America who conveniently enough have land , estates and mansions all over the World.

3) I assume CIA showed Donald "The Video" already and he told them to fuck off. Plan B : CIA public-leaks to Fake Newspapers to undermine him.

 

Creepy Lurker's picture

Unfortunately, there is no hard evidence for #3, but 1 and 2 are spot on. And for the sake of arguement, lets give the left "Russian interference." So why would they want to do it? Because they don't want nuclear war either.

Russian leaders are rational. How about that. I think rational leaders would do this country a hell of a lot of good for a change.

no ice's picture

Precisely!  Why aren't these public servants and their fake news minion puppets talking about what is in those emails??  Well, we know why-it's because it exposes the global "elite," who are literally trying to destroy America, for the crimes they have committed against humanity.  

Who cares who did the hacking?  The hacker is probably a benevolent, other-worldly being who gave the Amercian people a gift through Julian Assange.  I've lived on this planet long enough to know that there is probably no human capable of pulling off what these hackers have revealed.  

DjangoCat's picture

Just by the way, where is Julian Assange??