German Intelligence Clears Russia Of Election Interference

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Submitted by Ray McGovern via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

After a multi-month, politically charged investigation, German intelligence agencies could find no good evidence of Moscow-directed cyber-attacks or a disinformation campaign aimed at subverting the democratic process in Germany. Undaunted, Chancellor Angela Merkel has commissioned a new investigation.

President Barack Obama talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G7 Summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, Germany, June 8, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Last year, Berlin’s two main intelligence agencies, the BND and BfV (counterparts of the CIA and FBI) launched a joint investigation to substantiate allegations that Russia was meddling in German political affairs and attempting to shape the outcome of Germany’s elections next September.

Like the vast majority of Americans malnourished on “mainstream media,” most Germans have been led to believe that, by hacking and “propaganda,” the Kremlin interfered in the recent U.S. election and helped Donald Trump become president.

German intelligence agencies rarely bite the hand that feeds them and realize that the most bountiful part of the trough is at the CIA station in Berlin with ultimate guidance coming from CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. But this time, in an unusual departure from past practice, analysts at the BND and BfV decided to act like responsible adults.

Whereas former CIA Director John Brennan prevailed on his analysts to resort to anemic, evidence-light reasoning “assessing” that Russia tried to tip the U.S. election to Donald Trump, Berlin’s intelligence agencies found the evidence lacking and have now completed their investigation.

Better still, the conclusions have been reported in a mainstream German newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, apparently because a patriotic insider thought the German people should also know.

Lemmings No Longer?

If BND President Bruno Kahl thought that his own analysts could be depended upon to follow their American counterparts lemming-like and find evidence – Curveball-style – to support the U.S. allegations, he now has had a rude awakening.

CIA Director John Brennan at a White House meeting during his time as President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser

When the joint investigation was under way with his analysts doing their best to come up with reliable evidence of Russian perfidy, Kahl had behaved like his BND predecessors, parroting the charges made by his CIA counterpart, that the Russians were fomenting uncertainty and instability in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.

In a rare interview with the mainstream newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, on Nov. 28, 2016, Kahl went out on what he probably thought was a safe limb, denouncing subversive “interference” by the Russians (“as they did in the U.S.”). He was just a few months into his job and may have been naïve enough to consider what John Brennan said as gospel truth. (If he really is that gullible, Kahl is in the wrong profession.)

In the interview, Kahl played the puppet-doll Charlie McCarthy with Brennan in the role of Charlie’s ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. Kahl told the Sueddeutsche that he agreed with the U.S. intelligence “assessment” that the Kremlin was behind the cyber attacks aimed at influencing the U.S. election.

He added: “We know that cyber attacks are taking place and that they have no purpose other than to produce political instability. … Not only that. The perpetrators are interested in delegitimizing the democratic process itself. … I have the impression that the outcome of the American election has evoked no sadness in Russia so far. …

“Europe is [now] the focus of these disruption experiments, and Germany especially… The pressure on the public discourse and on democracy is unacceptable.” Sound familiar?

Still, one might excuse the novice BND president for assuming his analysts would remember which side their bread is buttered on and follow past precedent in coming up with conclusions known to be desired by their masters in Berlin and the CIA.

So it must have come as an unwelcome surprise to Kahl when he found out that, this time, BND analysts would stand on principle and refuse to be as malleable as their Washington counterparts. His analysts could find no proof that the Kremlin was working hard to undermine the democratic process in Germany, and said so.

Worse still from the U.S. point of view, the two German intelligence agencies resisted the usual pressure from some senior leaders in Berlin (perhaps including Kahl himself) to jam whatever innocuous information they could find into the anti-Russian mosaic that Washington was constructing, a kind of Cubist version of distorted reality.

And So, a Do-Over

So, what do powerful officials do when the bureaucracy comes up with “incorrect” conclusions? They send the analysts and investigators back to work until they come up with “correct” answers. This turned out to be no exception. Absent evidence of hacking directed by the Kremlin, the Germans now have opted for an approach by which information can be fudged more easily.

CIA seal in lobby of the spy agency’s headquarters. (U.S. government photo)

According to the Sueddeutsche, “Chancellor Merkel’s office has now ordered a new inquiry. Notably, a ‘psychological operations group’ jointly run by the BND and BfV will specifically look at Russian news agencies’ coverage in Germany.” We can expect that any articles that don’t portray Vladimir Putin in a devil’s costume will be judged “Russian propaganda.”

For guidance, Merkel may well give the new “investigators” a copy of the evidence-free CIA/FBI/NSA “Assessment: Russia’s Influence Campaign Targeting the 2016 US Presidential Election.” Released on Jan. 6, the report was an eyesore and embarrassment to serious intelligence professionals. The lame “evidence” presented, together with all the “assessing” indulged in by U.S. analysts, was unable to fill five pages; filler was needed – preferably filler that could be made to look like analysis.

And so, seven more pages were tacked onto the CIA/FBI/NSA Assessment, even though the information presented in them had nothing to do with the cause celebre of Russian hacking. No problem: The additional seven pages bore the ominous title: “Annex A: Russia – Kremlin’s TV Seeks To Influence Politics, Fuel Discontent in US.”

The extra pages, in turn, were then used to support the following indictment: “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine contributed to the influence campaign by serving as a platform for Kremlin messaging to Russian and international audiences.”

Did an Insider Leak?

It is not clear how the German daily Sueddeutsche acquired the conclusions of the joint investigation or even whether it has the full 50-page copy of the final report. The newspaper did make it clear, though, that it now realizes it was played by Kahl with his unsupported accusations last November.

Russian President Vladimir Putin answering questions from Russian citizens at his annual Q&A event on April 14, 2016. (Russian government photo)

From what the newspaper was told, the analysts seemed willing to give the boss what he had already declared to be his desired conclusion, but the evidence simply wasn’t there. The article quotes one security expert saying, “We would have been happy to give Russia a yellow card,” a soccer metaphor referring to improper conduct. A cabinet source lamented, “We found no smoking gun.”

Initially, the BND and BfV planned to release excerpts of their still classified inquiry, the Sueddeutsche reported, but it’s now not clear when, if ever, the full report will be released.

The day after the Sueddeutsche story appeared, some other media outlets reported on it – briefly. Newsweek and Politico gave the scoop all of three sentences each. Not fitting with the preferred “Russia-is-guilty-of-everything” narrative, it then died a quick death. I have been unable to find the story mentioned at all in major U.S. “mainstream media” outlets.

If Americans became aware of the story, it was probably via RT – the bête noire of the abovementioned CIA/FBI/NSA report condemning Russian “propaganda.” Can it become any clearer why RT America and RT International are despised by the U.S. government and the “mainstream media?” Many Americans are slowly realizing they cannot count on American network and cable TV for accurate news and are tuning in to RT at least for the other side of these important stories.

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It was from a early morning call from RT International that we first learned of the Feb. 7 Sueddeutsche Zeitung report on Germany’s failed hunt for evidence of Russian electoral interference.

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Looney's picture


On the one hand, it’s great that the German Spooks have admitted to this.

On the other hand, they had no clue that 0bama had been jerking off to Angela’s wiretaps until Snowden came along.  ;-)


D Nyle's picture

Soros coaliition slowly dying, if this keeps up he will have to resort to turning in Jewish families for consentration camps

Fed Supporter's picture

OT: but will make you feel all warm and happy inside after reading. :)


CBS sad that Tillerson fired entire 7th floor "shadow government" at the state dept.

E.F. Mutton's picture

Awesome.  Snitches get Stitches.  And Pink Slips.

And NYT and WaPo will invoke Godwin's Law in 3...2...1...

kavlar's picture
kavlar (not verified) E.F. Mutton Feb 17, 2017 12:12 PM

Merkel controlled by USG.

USG (Trump incl.) controlled by the neocons.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) kavlar Feb 17, 2017 1:19 PM

If the Germans put Merkel back in as Chancelor, what ever happens to them they will deserve.


AKB0048Fan's picture

Most of the Bible is a crock of shit that is NOT the word of God... according to Deuteronomy 18: 20-22.

It plainly says how to recognize that which is NOT the word of God: the prophecy must come true within the lifespan of the prophet. If the prophet dies without their prophecy having come true, then that is PROOF that it was not the word of God. It clearly says this. has spoken it presumptuously, presume to speak, means exactly the same thing; surely that prophet shall die.

Nevertheless, most of what follows Deuteronomy in the Bible is false prophesy from false prophets who died without their prophesies ever coming true, and Deuteronomy clearly states that it is not the word of God.

20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, surely that prophet shall die.’

21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’

22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken; the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously; thou shalt not be afraid of him.

I am merely posting an effective anti-spam measure that will likely put an end to the "Biblicism Institute" {LOL} spamming once and for all. He should be moving on to greener pastures soon.

BennyBoy's picture


Could we have German Intelligence look for evidence of Russian hacking the election in the USA?

Or look for Trumps "Russian ties"?


Luc X. Ifer's picture

Obviously rational people in Germany don't like the globalist Muppets delirium push towards Europe becoming radioactive obvlivion.

Hoi Polloi's picture

Congress is furious at the Secret Service for consorting with hookers, which has traditionally been Congress's role.

wildbad's picture

wow..i love the smell of swamps draining in the morning.

Raffie's picture

I'd like to give G Soros and friends a nice relaxing shower and dry sauna treatment.

Put your shoes over here, clothes over there, enter the shower and relax.

Nice gas shower followed up by a dry sauna oven to make them forget their worldy problems.


Insearch's picture

Honestly the whole nazi George Soros growing up story sounds like BS to me. Certainly no pity, if it is true it was the hideous foundation he is today.

Insearch's picture

Honestly the whole nazi George Soros growing up story sounds like BS to me. Certainly no pity, if it is true it was the hideous foundation he is today.

Insearch's picture

Honestly the whole nazi George Soros growing up story sounds like BS to me. Certainly no pity, if it is true it was the hideous foundation he is today.

Raffie's picture

This finding is no shocker.

If it was true of Russia interfering you think we'd be this far along with President Trump?

They'd would have had him dead and buried by Jan 21st.

Just desperate kids doing all they can to keep their lifestyle and power going.

GreatUncle's picture

Do you reckon the German intelligence agencies could do a better job investigating the US claim? ... sure looks like it.

Impartial and do the job.


aliki's picture

message to librals:

u didnt lose because of putin

u lost because u ran a lying, cheating bitch who hung a few seals/marines/ambassador to die, raised 1/2 a billion $ globally by promising to do favors & future favors, stole the nomination of her party (or had it stolen for her ... i still cant get over how she won 4-straight coin flips in iowa) WHOSE CAMPAIGN STAFF DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE ELECTORAL MAP ... in baseball, if u score 10 runs in game 1, but lose the next 4 games 2-1, u DO NOT win the world series. take a math class & understand the rules of the game u are playing.

EuroPox's picture

Ah ha!  They couldn't find it - that can only be because the Russians hid it!!

The new investigation won't find it either - the Russians really are devious!  

In the meantime, Angela might have a word with her Saudi friends: in the last 4 months they have deported 40,000 Pakistanis, citing terrorism concerns...

chunga's picture

Anonymous intelligence sources say Vladimir Putin is under your bed. - AP

quesnay's picture

He's in my closet, but only when the lights are off and the door is closed. As soon as I turn on the lights, and open the door, poof that motherfucker is gone. I'll catch him one day.

Joebloinvestor's picture

It is called,"doctor shopping".

barysenter's picture

Time for Merkel to merkelcide her loser! ass.

oobilly's picture

Does Nordstream have anything to do with this?  

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Nordstream (2) is also a symptom of the same diagnose, which translates as a large chunk of German establishment who understand that acting as a Zionist attack dog against Russia will not end well (again), having in mind the two countries' proximity to each other.

Moreover, they also see the immense benefits of a tighter cooperation between Germany and Russia, which of course will be contained to pure economic interests for as long as the Empire stands...

shovelhead's picture

The additional seven pages bore the ominous title: “Annex A: Russia – Kremlin’s TV Seeks To Influence Politics, Fuel Discontent in US.”


Did the CIA just say Evil ol Russia is funding The Pussyhatters?

deplorable nation's picture

Merkel, get your Stasi uniform out of the closet and see if it still fits...

SoDamnMad's picture

Da ya think they Angela might find out all the bad things the See Eye A did while she is searching for what the Rooskies might, possibly, accidently did?

BustainMovealota's picture

Don't matter.  The sheep will continue to believe main stream media and the celebrities.

Vervolf's picture

No, no, no...
Russians are guilty...
Cause they are Russians!!!


Consuelo's picture




Does this mean that my daily Glenn Beck history lessons about Russia & Putin are all wrong...?

Oh heavens no...

SMC's picture

Chancellor Angela Merkel has commissioned a new investigation...

Russia is not our enemy. The MIC is.

Tlön Uqbar's picture
Tlön Uqbar (not verified) Feb 17, 2017 12:32 PM

But... But that's not what I heard on NPR this morning. NPR said that Russia was hacking German, French and Norwegian elections and political parties.

Russia has to be hacking! Our tax funded propaganda radio news (with Gates' support) couldn't possibly lie to us, could they?

Vervolf's picture

You forget Italy. They also claimed that they were hacked by Russians...
Only Andorra and Lichtenstein are not affected... Their computer protection are too advanced... Lol

quesnay's picture

Keep trying over and over until you get the answer you want. It's the socialist way ...

NoWayJose's picture

They probably figured out that what Merkel was saying was far more damaging to her election chances than anything the Russians could come up with!

farflungstar's picture

That's it Merkel, blame the Russians because the Germans think you're a destructive Marxist cunt who despises them.

Have some more illiterate rapey towelheads and welfare titsoons from Sudan and Somalia.


Pundit's picture

The interference of truth into the perfectly engineered and fully functional system of mass deception and manipulation is a crime that must be investigated and the perpetrators must be held to account. It's inconcievable how these pesky Russkies not only managed to see the things for what they really are themselves but also inject this highly toxic virus of truth into our flawless system. We've spent decades developing our WMD's(weapons of mass deception) and after years of their successful usage to our common good there come Snowden, Wikileaks and they just start to leak this poisonous truth to the masses. And then there appears this Putin and, damn, he begins to introduce this element of truth to the world of international politics which is absolutely unacceptable and violates the principles of international law. Who the hell he thinks he is? We have the monopoly on truth management! We decide what is true and what is false. And stop referring to facts on the ground! Truth has nothing to do with them. In fact it's a product we have patented ages ago! You are supposed to use our truth or... 

All this shit is really surreal. Didn't think I'd ever see anything like this in real life. 


much obliged's picture

Merkel looks like the Einstein dictum that said to the effect that if you do the same things over and over that you're crazy to expect different results.

LOL123's picture

Merkel needs to get her fat head out out of the globalist a$$ so her communist german intelligence can breath some fresh air and oxginate the little gey cells once again. Oxigen deprivation cause brain to shrival and slowly dye.... Poor thing.

NobodyNowhere's picture

The West is imploding, a demolition engineered by the banksters.

The vultures circling are not the Russians, though they will surely feel relieved.

They are the fiends who have had scriptural delusions of lording over humanity for millennia, occasionally  succeeding, often committing continental-scale genocide.

gcjohns1971's picture

The Clintonista's want one-world socialism so they can profit from selling out the world.

SOROS profits selling out the world to achieve one-world socialism.

Does one work for the other? Or are they simply travelers going the down the same road?

One thing is certain.

At the end of the road that pair are heading, most of us don't live.

And those who do are chattel.

Vageling's picture

Funny. That's how reliable CIA intel is nowadays. Russian hacking everywhere the CIA says... But the proof? Not the first time some European nation intelligence comes to the conclusions the CIA is talking bullshit. 

Walken's picture

Merkel looks like she is about to blow Obama in that pic. 

JailBanksters's picture

If anybody on the entire planet is going to interfere, it's going to be Langley.

They have to, they can't resist an opportunity for Komtrol.

So It Goes's picture

Undaunted, Chancellor Angela Merkel has commissioned a new investigation."

You Go Girlfriend!!!!!