Friday, January 6, 2017

High Fives In Moscow

Via the Washington Post:

Senior officials in the Russian government celebrated Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton as a geopolitical win for Moscow, according to U.S. officials who said that American intelligence agencies intercepted communications in the aftermath of the election in which Russian officials congratulated themselves on the outcome.

The ebullient reaction among high-ranking Russian officials — including some who U.S. officials believe had knowledge of the country’s cyber campaign to interfere in the U.S. election — contributed to the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Moscow’s efforts were aimed at least in part at helping Trump win the White House.

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 classified document, which officials said is over 50 pages, was delivered to President Obama on Thursday, and it is expected to be presented to Trump in New York on Friday by the nation’s top spy officials, including Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. and CIA Director John Brennan.

How about that.  The Russians beat us not with nukes or tanks or even taking over territory.  They did it with a laptop you could pick up at Best Buy for $200.

2 barks and woofs on “High Fives In Moscow

  1. Of course now the republicans will say why didn’t Obama figure this out sooner when you know if he did they would blame him for trying to influence the election against Trump.

  2. Sickening. If the Republicans had been hacked they would be screaming for another election. I wonder why the Russians wanted Trump in there so bad? I would love to know the answer to that question. Any ideas? Oh, and by the way, we are going to pay for that wall. Trump assures us that Mexico will reimburse us.

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