New York Times Forced To Retract Longstanding '17 Intel Agencies' Lie About Russian Hacking

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via,

“Seventeen intelligence agencies”? - ?if you’ve been following the maniacal #TrumpRussia coverage to any extent, you’ve heard this phrase used uncritically, time and again, regardless of your ideological loyalties. Pundits, papers and rank-and-file establishment loyalists have been unquestioningly regurgitating the nonsensical line that 17 intelligence agencies confirmed Russian interference in the US elections ever since Hillary Clinton made that baseless assertion in a debate back in October.


The innate absurdity of the claim was immediately attacked by WikiLeaks and anti-establishment outlets who pointed out that this would necessarily need to involve full investigations from agencies like the Coast Guard, the DEA and the Energy Department in order to be true. Nevertheless, many high-profile pro-establishment outlets like Politifact and USA Today found Clinton’s claims to be 100 percent true on the grounds that James Clapper, then-Director of National Intelligence and notorious Russophobic racist, “speaks on behalf of” all 17 intelligence agencies. To this day Politifact stands by its false claim on the basis of that same spurious assertion.

It turns out, however, that in addition to Clapper’s office there were only three intelligence agencies involved in that assessment, not 17, and that the conclusions were drawn not by the actual agencies in full, but by a mere two dozen loyalists from those agencies hand-selected by Russophobic eugenicist Clapper himself. The great Robert Parry notes in his Consortium News article about this point, “as any intelligence expert will tell you, if you ‘hand-pick’ the analysts, you are really hand-picking the conclusion. For instance, if the analysts were known to be hard-liners on Russia or supporters of Hillary Clinton, they could be expected to deliver the one-sided report that they did.”

As reported by Parry, we have known about these facts since they emerged from Clapper’s racist face hole on May 8, and they were confirmed by former CIA Director John Brennan on May 23. And yet at a California technology conference on May 31, Hillary Clinton repeated the same lie she’s been spouting since October:

Seventeen agencies, all in agreement, which I know from my experience as a Senator and Secretary of State, is hard to get. They concluded with high confidence that the Russians ran an extensive information war campaign against my campaign, to influence voters in the election. They did it through paid advertising we think; they did it through false news sites; they did it through these thousand agents; they did it through machine learning, which you know, kept spewing out this stuff over and over again. The algorithms that they developed. So that was the conclusion.”

The “17 intelligence agencies” lie had been completely, thoroughly debunked for weeks, and yet not a soul called Clinton out on her brazen lie within the establishment press. Indeed, establishment pundits like Megyn Kelly continued to repeat the lie, and have continued to do so throughout the month of June.

All this changed when CNN was sent reeling by a 1–2–3-punch combination ensuing from its horrendously propagandistic Russia coverage, which has seen three of its journalists lose their jobs and sent the network into international disgrace. All of a sudden we are seeing establishment outlets getting a lot more conscientious about what they choose to publish about the Russian Federation, and today we saw none other than the New York Times posting the very first retraction of this long-debunked lie that we have seen in establishment media.

Correction: June 29, 2017


A White House Memo article on Monday about President Trump’s deflections and denials about Russia referred incorrectly to the source of an intelligence assessment that said Russia orchestrated hacking attacks during last year’s presidential election.


The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.

You just know how that went down, too; the retraction tells a complete story with a beginning, middle and end. The article’s author repeated the “17 intelligence agencies” lie without so much as a second thought, because it’s something they’ve been saying for months and getting away with?—?hey, it’s only Russia, right? They’re the Official Bad Guys so we can print whatever we want about them. The Washington Post has been getting away with telling brazen lie after brazen lie about Russia and suffering no consequences for it whatsoever, so we’ve got plenty of wiggle room here. The article passed by the editors for the same reason, but then someone up top received a complaint about the false claim in the article and immediately pulled the author into his office, yelling, “You fool! What’s the matter with you? Are you trying to get us CNNed???”

As I never get tired of reminding the brainwashed consumers of mainstream media, Russiagate is bullshit, and we fucking told you so. The entire thing was sparked off by two dozen agents hand-selected by a racist man with a racist agenda, and only persists because the US deep state wants regime change in Moscow and Damascus. This moronic conspiracy theory has been permitted to march on for far too long, and in the meantime we’ve been goose stepped to the brink of World War 3 as a result of this administration’s idiotic behavior in Syria. That’s where a real resistance needs to happen; not a McResistance to imaginary threats fed to the masses by the lying corporate media, but a real resistance to a very real and tangible threat from actions by the Trump administration and the unelected power establishment with which he is unquestionably aligned in a nation that the United States has no business involving itself in whatsoever.

Come on, America. I know you can snap out of the trance they’ve got you in. I know you’ve got it in you. Slam the brakes on the course they’ve got you on. Protest US involvement in Syria. Don’t let them Iraq you again.


Looney eclectic syncretist Fri, 06/30/2017 - 15:49 Permalink

  Here’s my old post from January 17, 2017: … U.S. intelligence agencies contend that Moscow waged a multifaceted campaign of hacking and other actions All Democrats, from our own MDB to Hillary and 0bama, have been citing the “17 intelligence agencies” that agree with their ridiculous claims. Here’s the list of “The Magnificent Seventeen”, but (spoiler alert!) there are actually only SIXTEEN INTEL AGENCIES, but who counts? The highlighted agencies have nothing to do with Hacking, Elections, Golden Showers, or whatever sick lies the Libtards have come up with. Each Agency’s responsibilities are very clearly defined by Law and 13 out of the “17 agencies” have absolutely nothing to do with the DNC, Wikileaks, Elections, Hillary’s e-mails, the Clinton Foundation, the Russian Hacking, etc. Twenty-Fifth Air Force - Air Force Intel only Intelligence and Security Command (US Army) – Army Intel only Central Intelligence Agency is prohibited by Law to conduct any activities within the US!!! Coast Guard Intelligence – Coast Guard, really? Defense Intelligence Agency – Military Intel only Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (Dept. of Energy) – Nukes, Nuclear Plants Office of Intelligence and Analysis (Homeland Security) Bureau of Intelligence and Research - State Dept. Intel Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (Treasury) – Treasury and Hacking/Elections? Hmm… Office of National Security Intelligence (DEA) – Drug Enforcement, really? Intelligence Branch, FBI (DOJ) Marine Corps Intelligence Activity - Marine Corps Intel only National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Dept. of Defense) – Satellites, Aerial Intel National Reconnaissance Office (Dept. of Defense) – Defense Recon Only NSA Office of Naval Intelligence Navy Defense – Navy only Looney

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TeethVillage88s Looney Fri, 06/30/2017 - 16:16 Permalink

Pretty good list! What else, Private Military Armies, Private military Contractors, Private Banking,... Central Banks, IMF, WB, OECD, UN, ...

- Federal Union Intelligence
- Stevedores Union
- Trucking Union
- NASDAQ Intelligence Unit, Western High Tech
- Western Private Banks against Asian or Latino Banks?
- Rockefeller & Rothschild Banks?
- Asian Development Bank?

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Chupacabra-322 Billy the Poet Fri, 06/30/2017 - 16:43 Permalink

Tyrannical Lawlessness.

The Weaponized Presstitute's are the media vehicles or Deep State appendage's which carry out the PsyOp.

Epic Deep State Scripted False Narrative PsyOp


Amateur Criminals.

The National Security Elimination Act of 2017 can't come soon enough. Former NSA Agent William Binney states that 60-70% of the Intelligence Agencies can be outright eliminated.

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earleflorida Kayman Sat, 07/01/2017 - 19:53 Permalink

problem is,... who then is hacking[?] if not mossad/ israel working with 'foggy bottom' to make it look like russia?or, has it been Iran all along working with the russian's?hmmm.... mossad/israel & NSA/CIA [US of S`A]  v. iran & russia (perhaps a sprinkle of chinese moles in american university's?), lets look at what's conspired since trump got elected and what's going on today[?] regarding the shitstorm over the russian controversies (which are many indeed?).syria and qatar comes immediately to my mind (perfect tyming, i'd say for the Masters and Deep State to kiss and make-up)--- and turkey comes to qatar's aid as did IRAN (WTF questions going-on!). this flare-up wasn't spontaneous by no means[?], it had been in the works in 1916, with either HRC or Trump getting the credit, not to forget HRC/Trump would both had upp'd the defense budget ante already baked into the cake. so lets review,... $115 billion [now] and $325 Billion in total for KSA protection infrastructure 'mini-MIC', with a $700 Billion defense budget, and special pro-rated unknown-knowns-unknown`e-funds of ~$70+/+ Billion (with a $50 Billion here added on and a $25 Billion there, if ya get my, `dimed to death' taxpayers buyers remorsefulness`ity?)!i mean, this a really 'Queer'... as the british would con`the phrase ?!so now we have NK v. SK and Japan screaming bloody murder,... and Saudi Arabia being knight'd by King Donald as the savior of ME peace and the terrorist destroyer---- wow, i mean WTF!sadly this is the plan.remember that 'axis of evil' baby bush harp'd about,...---Iraq, Iran and North Korea ( Libya and Syria were just fodder on the grand chessboard) as the Masters have 'game-on' ready for the kick-off!does one think that Russia or China would want to get bogged-down in the ME when they have all the energy needs in Eurasia at their privvy?!?no, let the USSA and Israel get cauglt in their own mares`nest in what Nixon called the 'Untouchables'!anyone????   

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francis_the_wo… Looney Fri, 06/30/2017 - 23:52 Permalink

Yup Looney, I remember your post well.  I had made a previous comment about how funny is that the Coast Guard would even have an opinion on the subject, which is not exactly their purview.  (No disrespect to the Coast Guard which is actually good at the job they are supposed to do).My initial thought was that having "17 intelligence agencies" in the first place was absurd.  If that isn't the best advertisement for downsizing the Federal gov't, I don't know what is.

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Singelguy Dancing Disraeli Sat, 07/01/2017 - 08:06 Permalink

Anyone with half a brain knew that the Syria thing was a false flag. Trump went along with for purely political reasons. He wanted to shift the narrative away from being Putin's sock puppet. You will note that base that was hit with those old outdated cruise missiles was deserted and very little damage was done. I am a Trump supporter and saw it for what it was. My reaction was, meh. However, if Trump ordered the drop of a MOAB on a strategically important target, then I would have been upset.

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edotabin DSCH Fri, 06/30/2017 - 16:27 Permalink

Failing nyt times.....ha ha ha. They have failed as journalists and now I hope they fail as a business.Some pinko creates the narrative and then uses the viceroys to build it up and repeat it until the unsuspecting public believes it. This isn't being educated or sophisticated as some of you have tricked yourselves into believing to justify your actions. You are sick people who are taking advantage of an unsuspecting public and are executing an insidious plan.Close it up. Lock your doors and leave good people in peace you seditious, pernicious, sly, manipulative asses. Go fishing with CNN forever.Maybe Elmo will realize the error of his ways first and enlighten the rest of you.

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asteroids Fri, 06/30/2017 - 15:24 Permalink

Remember, there is NO penalty for politicians when they lie. Right Hillary? Just assume whenever they flap their gums they are lying. You'll be just fine.

SoDamnMad eclectic syncretist Sat, 07/01/2017 - 02:58 Permalink

Here might be an example of the fishing "net catches more types than it was thrown out for".The Coast Guard intelligence might be only for such things as drug trafficing routes, intradiction coordination,et.  But Hitlery can say that it being an intelligence service perhaps they search for Russian submaries who drop off agents on the shores of Lake Michigan in order to infiltrate down into the heartland of America and get Iowa corn farmers to think about what Trump might do to corn prices if the Russian should switch planting from wheat to corn.  Never know. Maybe the Edmund Fitzgerald was sunk by a Russian sub lurking in preparation for swinging the election of 2016. Heard this from Maxine Waters who go it from a woman who shines the front of Hillarys shoes when she gets dragged into vans. Coast Guard, I salute the Bravery of your men and women. That is a fact.

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Johnny Debt Fri, 06/30/2017 - 15:35 Permalink

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