Last night, NSA Chief Adm. Michael S. Rogers told the Wall Street Journal that Republicans were “consciously” assisted by the Russian state’s email hackers looking for a ‘”specific effect” in this year’s general election. In October, the NSA co-signed a written statement naming Russia as the culprit in the email hacks, which was jointly released by America’s intelligence community except the FBI.
The NSA Chief’s carefully chosen words doubly called out the Russian email hacks out as deliberate. In the authoritarian Russian state, run by ex-KGB intelligence officer Vladimir Putin, there can only be once source of such a deliberate political action; from the top. Admiral Rogers said:
“There shouldn’t be any doubt in anybody’s minds, 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-state to attempt to achieve a specific effect.”
In rapid succession this summer, Russian hackers compromised the servers Democratic National Committee, the party’s congressional fundraising arm (the DCCC), and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s private email account. No Republican organizations were known to be hacked or impacted during the 2016 elections.
Donald Trump personally asked Vladimir Putin for this kind of email hack in late July. The mainstream media didn’t call him out for it or even really bother exposing Trump’s long-documented ties to Russia during the campaign, preferring to accept his denials and publish them alongside the truth as if they had validity.
Even this video of Trump in Russia, saying forthrightly to MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts – TWICE – that he had a relationship with Putin as far back as 2013 didn’t get any mainstream airplay, while the media accepted the Republican’s campaign denials of a Putin relationship.
The only news release from the Trump transition team in the last two days is his first phone call with a foreign leader, to Vladimir Putin.
The end product of the high-profile Russian email intrusions were funneled to Wikileaks and resulted in a blizzard of one-sided election propaganda against former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Watch the NSA Director’s remarks here:
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Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report. Find out more at grantstern.com.