[Marxism] Putin Ordered ‘Influence Campaign’ Aimed at U.S. Election, Report Says

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 6 15:13:01 MST 2017


NY Times, Jan. 6 2017
Putin Ordered ‘Influence Campaign’ Aimed at U.S. Election, Report Says
By DAVID E. SANGER

WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials have concluded that 
Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, “ordered an influence campaign in 
2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election,” and turned from seeking 
to “denigrate” Hillary Clinton to developing “a clear preference for 
President-elect Trump.”

The conclusions were part of a declassified intelligence report, ordered 
by President Obama, that was released Friday afternoon. Its main 
conclusions were described to Donald J. Trump by intelligence officials 
earlier in the day, and he responded by acknowledging that Russia sought 
to hack into the Democratic National Committee, but said nothing about 
the conclusion that Mr. Putin had sought to aid his candidacy, other 
than that it had no effect on the outcome.

The report, a damning and surprisingly detailed account of Russia’s 
efforts to undermine the American electoral system and Mrs. Clinton in 
particular, went on to assess that Mr. Putin “aspired to help 
President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting 
Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.”

The report described a broad campaign that included covert operations, 
including cyberactivities, with “trolling” and “fake news.”

In the unclassified version of the report, the intelligence agencies 
also concluded “with high confidence” that Russia’s main military 
intelligence unit, the G.R.U., created the “persona” called Guccifer 2.0 
and a website, DCLeaks.com, to release the emails of the Democratic 
National Committee and the chairman of the Clinton campaign, John D. 
Podesta.

Participating in the briefing were James R. Clapper Jr., the director of 
national intelligence; John O. Brennan, the director of the C.I.A.; Adm. 
Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency; and 
James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I.

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