In a statement released Friday night, President-Elect Donald Trump blasted the CIA over a leaked report that claimed, without evidence of direct involvement, that Russia interfered in the recent presidential election to help elect Trump over rival Hillary Clinton.
The leaked CIA report was first reported by the Washington Post Friday evening. Earlier Friday it was reported President Obama had ordered a “full review” due by the end of his presidency on allegations of Russia’s hacking to influence the election.
The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.
…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.
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has said in a television interview that the “Russian government is not the source.”
Independent reporter Michael Tracy noted the lack of direct proof for the report.
There is no evidence presented in this article. Liberals want everyone to uncritically accept anonymous CIA claims https://t.co/3Lw2vIAwRe
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) December 10, 2016
“There is no evidence presented in this article. Liberals want everyone to uncritically accept anonymous CIA claims”
Transition Statement on Claims of Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections
(New York, NY) – These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. 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.”
Trump’s statement stunned liberal reporters.
Candace Smith from ABC:
This is a real statement sent out by the President-elect of this country. pic.twitter.com/7lgRZf16ZM
— Candace Smith Chekwa (@CandaceSmith_) December 10, 2016
“This is a real statement sent out by the President-elect of this country.”
Sam Stein from the far left Huffington Post:
Trump trashing the CIA is amazing. Another one of those 'if Obama had done this' moments.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) December 10, 2016
“Trump trashing the CIA is amazing. Another one of those ‘if Obama had done this’ moments.”
Blacke Hounshell from the liberal Politico:
Is there a doctor in the house? Need someone to help me pick my jaw off the floor after that latest Trump statement.
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) December 10, 2016
“Is there a doctor in the house? Need someone to help me pick my jaw off the floor after that latest Trump statement.”