The Director of the National Security Agency finally said it point blank in no uncertain terms: Russia was behind the DNC hack and directly interfered with the U.S. presidential election.
Admiral Michael S. Rogers, who is the Director of the NSA and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, said during the WSJ CEO Council 2016 that there is no question Russia interfered in the U.S. election. Rogers was asked what he knew about WikiLeaks and his answer should infuriate you.
There shouldn’t be any doubt in anybody’s mind. This was not something that was done casually. This was not something that was done by chance. This was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily.
This was a conscious effort by a nation to attempt to achieve a specific effect.
In the week since Trump’s election win, Russia has admitted more than once that they were responsible for dumping the hacked emails on WikiLeaks. Sergei Markov, a pro-Kremlin political analyst who was described as “jubilant” over Trump’s win, said during an interview last week that “maybe we [Russia] helped a bit with WikiLeaks.”
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov admitted on Thursday that the Russians had most definitely colluded with Trump and his campaign. He told reporters that there had been “contact” between Trump and the Kremlin throughout the campaign season. He also indicated that Putin intends to continue this “contact.” But he still insisted that they “are not expecting anything in particular from the new U.S. administration.”
The FBI announced at the end of October that they were opening an investigation into Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, regarding his foreign business connections, particularly his ties to Russia.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said at the time that “Americans have every right to be concerned about what they see in terms of Trump advisors and their closeness with the Kremlin, Trump’s policies vis-a-vis Russia, Trump’s potential financial interest, all of those things ought to be of deep concern to voters.”
You can watch the director of the NSA say outright that Russia interfered with the U.S. election, here:
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.