On Friday morning Donald Trump was briefed by members of the intelligence community as they reviewed their findings regarding the DNC and Podesta email hacks that took place during the election.
Ahead of the over 50-page intelligence briefing Trump described the frenzy over Russian hackers as a “political witch hunt,” and that politics is too heavily involved in the direction of our intelligence services. Several high ranking intelligence agency heads attended the meeting including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James B. Comey, and Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.
Following the briefing, Trump issued an official statement outlining his stance after hearing the conclusions from the intelligence community and examining the reports.
Trump also added that although there were attempts to hack the RNC, their systems had the proper security defense to ward off the attacks.
The end result of the CIA report, which Obama himself had mandated, seems to be that nothing the hackers did had a direct impact on the election and no voting machines were tampered with. This is true, since any impact on the election would have been from the actual content of the emails that were leaked from Podesta and the DNC, not the hacking itself.
If the DNC had been upholding their ethical standards and not plotting to sabotage Bernie Sanders, while at the same time colluding with the media to aid Hillary Clinton, the hacking would have been irrelevant.
Regardless of government reports and continued media claims of dastardly Russian hackers around every corner, the American public seems to trust just about any other source besides the intelligence community, as a Twitter poll posted by liberal journalist John Harwood showed 83% of his followers (who I assume are left leaning) believes Wikileaks over the CIA.
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