Myth “All 17 Intelligence Agencies Concluded That Russia Is Responsible”

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The “All 17 Intelligence Agencies Concluded That Russia Is Responsible” Myth that originated with Hilary Clinton is wrong, has always been wrong, and was confirmed as wrong by former ODNI James Clapper in his May 8, 2017 testimony before the Senate Subcommittee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.

The “All 17 Intelligence Agencies Concluded That Russia Is Responsible” Myth that originated with Hilary Clinton is wrong, has always been wrong, and was confirmed as wrong by former ODNI James Clapper in his May 8, 2017 testimony before the Senate Subcommittee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election [1].

SENATOR AL FRANKEN: “The Intelligence Communities [sic] concluded, all 17 of them, that Russia interfered with the election.”
GENERAL JAMES CLAPPER: “Senator, as I pointed out in my statement, there were only three agencies directly involved in the assessment (CIA, NSA, FBI).
SENATOR AL FRANKEN: “But all 17 signed on.”
GENERAL JAMES CLAPPER: “We didn’t go through the process. It was a special situation because of the time limit, and I knew who could contribute to it and it was a conscious judgment to restrict it to those three.”

Further, all anyone would have to do is look at the list of 17 agencies [2] and then ask yourself, did the U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence Agency really have sources and methods that would provide data relevant to an investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. election?

What about the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence which concerns itself with nuclear weapons and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction – did they drop what they were doing to evaluate Crowdstrike’s report on the DNC hack? I’m guessing no.

Or maybe the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence who has its hands full with money laundering by drug cartels and tracking terrorists through the global financial network decided to put all that on hold while they throw every available resource at determining if Guccifer 2.0 was just pretending to be Romanian but was really Russian!

Obviously not.

Finally, everyone on this list who has any background in working with a U.S. or foreign intelligence agency will agree with me when I say that assessments are called assessments because the facts aren’t known. When dealing with so many unknowns, there is never universal agreement among analysts at the same agency let alone different agencies.

NOTES:
[1] https://www.c-span.org/video/?427577-1/white-house-warned-general-flynn-compromised&live&start=8277 at the 02:18:27 mark.
[2] https://www.dni.gov/index.php/what-we-do/members-of-the-ic

  • DHFabian

    Thank you. The anti-Russian theme began within days of the election, as Democrats/liberal media leapt from “Trump stole the election” to “Russia stole the election.” This theme has continued to be promoted by much of the media marketed to liberals. Not only is it false, but is potentially very dangerous. What has been so frustrating is that every effort to point out that the facts don’t support the anti-Russian claim have been met with mere recitations the claim! If all else fails, just shout “Trump-bot!” or “Putin-bot!”

    It’s no secret that in 2016, both candidates were opposed by much of their own voting bases, for some of the same reasons. This is why roughly half of all US voters either voted third party or withheld their votes. This time, they saw no “lesser of the evils.” In the end, Clinton won the most votes, Trump won the Electoral College vote, so that’s what we’re stuck with. And Russia had nothing to do with any of it.

    There are powerful, legitimate reasons for opposing Trump — reasons that the anti-Russian campaign have distracted the public from examining and addressing.

  • lcotler

    Does the President, the Congress, or even the Judiciary have single person or office that oversees or at least puts together the workings of the 17 agencies for each their own oversight? Who the hell knows.

    The Deep State IS THE STATE!