As per a 12/9/16 Reuters report, “U.S. intelligence analysts (CIA) have concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, December 9.”
An example of the Republicans’ strongly contesting the CIA analysis can be observed in the above video based on the 12/10/16 CNN Mike Smerconish Show, in a heated exchange between the host and the Republican Communications Director, Sean Spicer.
Sean Spicer asserted that no one can prove that the activity sponsored by the Russians, had any impact on the final outcome of the 2016 presidential election. This is where I have more faith in the American peoples. There is no way that if the voters had been made aware prior to the final election day, that the Russians were interfering in U.S. elections in order to help Donald Trump win, that he would have prevailed.
Republicans are pushing back hard on this 12/9/16 CIA intelligence news. Their opposition is focused on discounting the 12/9/16 NY Times report indicating that the RNC was hacked by Russian operatives. To explain away why the Russians targeted only democratic campaign related websites like the DNC, they proffer the point that there were attempts to penetrate the RNC internet systems but the Russians were unsuccessful. The republican operatives then go on to conclude that Russia’s selective dumping of the democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton’s emails was not because the Kremlin was favoring Donald Trump, but because it was not in possession of RNC emails.
In the 12/9/16 NY Times article, “Russian Hackers Acted to Aid Trump in Election, U.S. Says,” David Sanger and Scott Shane explain this debate in the following excerpts:
“It is possible that in hacking into the Republican committee, Russian agents were simply hedging their bets. The attack took place in the Spring, the senior officials said, about the same time that a group of hackers believed to be linked to the G.R.U., Russia’s military intelligence agency, stole the emails of the Democratic National Committee. Intelligence agencies believe that the Republican committee hack was carried out by the same Russians who penetrated the Democratic committee and other Democratic groups.”
“The finding about the Republican committee is expected to be included in a detailed report of “lessons learned” that Mr. Obama has ordered intelligence agencies to assemble before he leaves office on Jan. 20. That report is intended, in part, to create a comprehensive history of the Russian effort to influence the election, and to solidify the intelligence findings before Mr. Trump is sworn in.”
“Mr. Trump has repeatedly cast doubt about any intelligence suggesting a Russian effort to influence the election. “I don’t believe they interfered,” he told Time magazine in an interview published this week. He suggested that hackers could come from China, or that “it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.”
“Intelligence officials and private cybersecurity companies believe that the Democratic National Committee was hacked by two different Russian cyberunits. One, called “Cozy Bear” or “A.P.T. 29” by some Western security experts, is believed to have spent months inside the D.N.C. computer network, as well as other government and political institutions, but never made public any of the documents it took. (A.P.T. stands for “Advanced Persistent Threat,” which usually describes a sophisticated state-sponsored cyberintruder.)”
“The other, the G.R.U.-controlled unit known as “Fancy Bear,” or A.P.T. 28,” is believed to have created two outlets on the internet, Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks, to make Democratic documents public. Many of the documents were also provided to WikiLeaks, which released them over many weeks before the Nov. 8 election.”
“Representative Michael McCaul, the Texas Republican who is the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said on CNN in September that the R.N.C. had been hacked by Russia, but then quickly withdrew the claim.”
“Mr. McCaul, who was considered by Mr. Trump for secretary of Homeland Security, initially told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “It’s important to note, Wolf, that they have not only hacked into the D.N.C. but also into the R.N.C.” He added that “the Russians have basically hacked into both parties at the national level, and that gives us all concern about what their motivations are.”
“Minutes later, the R.N.C. issued a statement denying that it had been hacked. Mr. McCaul subsequently said that he had misspoken, but that it was true that “Republican political operatives” had been the target of Russian hacking. So were establishment Republicans with no ties to the campaign, including former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.”
Mr. McCaul may have had in mind a collection of more than 200 emails of Republican officials and activists that appeared this year on the website DCLeaks,com. That website got far more attention for the many Democratic Party documents it posted.”
“The messages stolen from Republicans have drawn little attention because most are routine business emails from local Republican Party officials in several states, congressional staff members and party activists.”
“Among those whose emails were posted was Peter W. Smith, who runs a venture capital firm in Chicago and has long been active in “opposition research” for the Republican Party. He said he was unaware that his emails had been hacked until he was called by a reporter on Thursday.”
“He said he believes that his material came from a hack of the Illinois Republican Party.”
Frankly, I find it extremely arrogant and naïve of the republicans to profess that the RNC database was impenetrable to highly competent Russian hackers. Their President Vladimir Putin would have been derelict in his duty as an ex-KGB director not to have done so, as a possible tool for leverage in future negotiations with U.S. officials, including, the republicans. How can the republicans be so foolish by deceiving themselves into believing that the Russians would act, in ways, other than what is in their own best interests, period?