The mainstream media is very angry voters chose President-elect Donald Trump over their favored candidate — and they seem willing to push “fake news” to help spin things back under their control.
Turns out the Russian election hacking story that corporate media has worked itself into a frenzy over may not be true.
That’s not The Horn News saying it — that’s straight from top intelligence officers. And the push back against the media’s false narrative from the intelligence community is so serious, even Reuters is admitting they may have gotten it wrong.
Monday, the news agency released an article titled, “Exclusive: Top U.S. spy agency has not embraced CIA assessment on Russia hacking,” in which the writers admit that “the overseers of the U.S. intelligence community have not embraced a CIA assessment that Russian cyber attacks were aimed at helping Republican President-elect Donald Trump win the 2016 election.”
Whoops, sorry mainstream media! Turns out Trump isn’t in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pocket like you’d hoped.
While there’s little doubt there was election cyber leaks from journalistic organizations like WikiLeaks, there’s no concrete proof it was a Russian plot to back Trump.
The article continued: “The Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose evidentiary standards require it to make cases that can stand up in court, declined to accept the CIA’s analysis – a deductive assessment of the available intelligence – for the same reason, the three officials said.”
Trump himself continues to hold firm to skepticism, doubting the CIA conclusion that Russia tried to hack its way into tipping the U.S. election in his favor.
Trump emphasized that he does not accept the conclusion that the Kremlin tried to disrupt the election in his favor, an idea he dismissed as “ridiculous” over the weekend — and intelligence professionals are backing him up, saying the CIA’s assessment being parroted by liberal media outlets is a “judgment based on the fact that Russian entities hacked both Democrats and Republicans and only the Democratic information was leaked,” one of the three officials said to Reuters. “[It was] a thin reed upon which to base an analytical judgment,” the official added.
“Unless you catch ‘hackers’ in the act, it is very hard to determine who was doing the hacking,” Trump tweeted Monday.
Trump himself had raised questions during a presidential debate in September about whose hackers were responsible, after Clinton blamed Russia. “She keeps saying ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ and maybe it was. It could be Russia, but it could be China, could also be lots of other people,” Trump said then. “It could be someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.”
In doing so, Trump embraced one of the truisms about cybersecurity. After a hacking, it remains a lingering challenge to identify whose hands were on the keyboard: foreign spies, cybercriminals, disgruntled insiders or bored teenagers. Skilled hackers can cover their tracks, use software tools traceable to others and feign their locations across borders or continents.
Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that he had “the highest confidence in the intelligence community and especially the Central Intelligence Agency,” signaling that he disagreed with Trump. “Obviously, any foreign breach of our cybersecurity measures is disturbing. And I strongly condemn any such efforts.”
When the government chooses to go public with hacking accusations, credibility is its most important asset, said John Bambenek, manager of threat systems at Fidelis Cybersecurity.
It’s not uncommon for skeptics, particularly within the hacking community, to second-guess the government’s conclusion. Even after the FBI fingered North Korea as the culprit for the Sony hack in 2014, some computer scientists challenged the assessment. The FBI subsequently disclosed even more information to be more convincing.
The Associated Press contributed to this article