NBC Leaks Details Of Intel Report Linking Russia To DNC Hack – And It Is DAMNING


After a lot of hard work on running down sources inside the intelligence community, NBC News got rewarded with the stunning details of the intelligence report seen by senior government officials that convinced them that Russia indeed did hack the Democratic Party in order to push the election towards Donald Trump. Even more damning, information from spies showed that Russian government officials were actually congratulating themselves the day after the election when they learned that Trump had won.

According to NBC’s source, there were a bunch of pieces of evidence intel officers put together to convince them that Russia was, in fact, behind the hacks.

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The source described the intelligence about the celebration, first reported by the Washington Post, as a minor part of the overall intelligence report, which makes the case that Russia intervened in the election.

“Highly classified intercepts illustrate Russian government planning and direction of a multifaceted campaign by Moscow to undermine the integrity of the American political system,” said the official.

Even more stunning: The Russians are implicated in trying to hack not just the DNC servers, but also those of the White House, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and various state departments. American corporations were also apparently targeted. The sheer scale of cyberwarfare happening under our noses was staggering even to seasoned intelligence officials.

The Washington Post had more:

Other key pieces of information gathered by U.S. spy agencies include the identification of “actors” involved in delivering stolen Democratic emails to the WikiLeaks website, and disparities in the levels of effort Russian intelligence entities devoted to penetrating and exploiting sensitive information stored on Democratic and Republican campaign networks.

Those and other data points are at the heart of an unprecedented intelligence report being circulated in Washington this week that details the evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and catalogues other cyber operations by Moscow against U.S. election systems over the past nine years.

The motives of the Russians are not entirely known, but evidence suggests Russia was doing it out of a mixture of geopolitical aggression and pure spite for the way Obama had consistently shutdown Putin during his time in office. In other words, Putin wanted a push over and viewed Clinton as more dangerous to Russian interest than Trump.

NBC again:

The report, on which Obama was also orally briefed, explains that intelligence agencies believe are Moscow motives, including, in part, a desire to disrupt the American democratic process.

But the intelligence analysts who prepared the report also concluded that the hacks were payback for the Obama administration’s questioning of Vladimir Putin’s legitimacy as president.

Trump has not seen the report yet but it didn’t stop him from once again siding with Putin. Minutes after NBC reported the information, Trump went on a furious twitter rampage declaring the entire thing “political”…

…and suggesting the DNC maybe faked its own hacking (?).

(Hint: If your private emails begin showing up on Wikileaks in order to rob you of an election the Russians want you to lose, you were probably hacked.)

To which NBC responded with a hilarious lecture on how journalism is done:

There is now a stunning amount of evidence to link Russia to the hacks that many election experts believe helped sway the race towards Donald Trump.

Trump now has a choice: Swallow his pride and accept the fact that Putin thought he would be a puppet he could exploit or keep throwing these tantrums and denying what is right in front of his face. Which will he choose?


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