Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima, and Greg Miller, reporting for The Washington Post:
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.
Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections
to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of
hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others,
including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S.
officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors
known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian
operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances.
“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,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an
intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the
No surprise to anyone who’s had their eyes open, but chilling nonetheless.
Good thread from Marc Ambinder on what this means:
I’m in favor of doing everything to get to the bottom of what
they did. But can’t say more than their actions “may have helped”
Also related: Trump’s purported leading candidate for Secretary of State, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, has close ties to Vladimir Putin:
Friends and associates said few U.S. citizens are closer to Mr.
Putin than Mr. Tillerson, who has known Mr. Putin since he
represented Exxon’s interests in Russia during the regime of Boris
“He has had more interactive time with Vladimir Putin than
probably any other American with the exception of Henry
Kissinger,” said John Hamre, a former deputy defense secretary
during the Clinton administration and president of the Center for
Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank where
Mr. Tillerson is a board member.
In 2011, Mr. Tillerson struck a deal giving Exxon access to prized
Arctic resources in Russia as well as allowing Russia’s state oil
company, OAO Rosneft, to invest in Exxon concessions all over the
world. The following year, the Kremlin bestowed the country’s
Order of Friendship decoration on Mr. Tillerson.
I’m so old I remember when the Republicans were the hardline party against Russia.
★ Friday, 9 December 2016