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    The declassified version of the US intelligence report on the Kremlin's supposed meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign in the US through high-profile cyberattacks has apparently left many journalists, including some of Moscow's harshest critics, puzzled, with many saying that the document lacks the evidence to back up its assertions.

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald described the publicly available version of the report, titled "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections," as "flimsy."

    ​Kevin Rothrock, a web editor at The Moscow Times, called the document "an embarrassment."

    ​On Friday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a declassified report, accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering "an influence campaign" targeting the 2016 presidential election in the US. The US intelligence community has accused Russia of carrying out cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 US presidential campaign.

    The document has been criticized for not providing compelling evidence to support its claims, which Moscow has repeatedly denied.

    Stephen Hayes, Editor-in-Chief of The Weekly Standard and Fox News contributor, said that the report was "little more than a collection of assertions."

    ​Shaun Walker, the Moscow correspondent of The Guardian, observed that the report looked like something that a few journalists "compiled over a couple of days, not serious [intelligence] agencies over months."

    ​"The NYT calls the report 'damning and surprisingly detailed.' We must be reading different reports," the journalist added.

    ​Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, a staunch critic of the Kremlin, noted that the report left many questions unanswered.

    ​The DNI report released on January 6 is a declassified version of a highly classified assessment provided to US President Barack Obama. The US intelligence community said that the document cannot include "the full supporting information, including specific intelligence and sources and methods" since "the release of such information would reveal sensitive sources or methods and imperil the ability to collect critical foreign intelligence in the future."

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    • sapper
      US became so used to lying to the red indians they thought they could carry it over to the rest of the world!!! Wake up US, nobody believes you any more!! You are the laughing stock of the entire world for years to come!!!
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      cmat.wolfgang
      I just wait for a Photoshop picture showing Putin on a computer when he just sends a virus infected mail to Obama congratulating him to retirement :-)
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      anne00marie
      It is not often I agree with Sean Walker, if ever. There again it is not often he makes sense. What is happening? McFaul, Sean Walker????????? Ardent Russophobes.
    • amanfromMars
      Shaun Walker, the Moscow correspondent of The Guardian, appears to be at war with words and at loggerheads with Nick Cohen of the Guardian. Is that the Guardian having a sort of nervous corporate breakdown?

      HonourableMember [1701081014]….. being disagreeable and lamenting the loss of integrity and journalistic impartiality in/on the Guardian because of this desperate opinion piece ……. www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/07/russian-treachery-extreme-and-everywhere

      Strewth, no wonder the Guardian is holding out the begging bowl whenever reports such as this one by Nick Cohen …”Russian treachery is extreme and it is everywhere” …. litter its pages. It is not news or journalism but much more a puff piece and extremely bigoted propaganda.

      But we do understand why the West is so terrified of what it is being found out to have been doing for so long, in service of an intellectually bankrupt elite and all for the perverse and corrupting love of easy money/fiat currency/a bank account with a lot of zeros after any single figure you care to think of. What a crying shame …… not, now that just desserts are being aired and secrets and methodologies shared freely for peer review and pirate exploitation.

      [And when is later ….with regard to the “Comments will be opened later” at the end of the piece.]
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      double bonus
      [The US intelligence community said that the document cannot include "the full supporting information, including specific intelligence and sources and methods" since "the release of such information would reveal sensitive sources or methods and imperil the ability to collect critical foreign intelligence in the future."]

      In other words, it would expose this report as a total fraud,
      and show how negligent these intelligence agencies have
      become about the true situation in Russia.

      How can reading publicly available sources such as RT and Sputnik,
      make you more advanced than US intelligence agencies, and have
      them looking like fools parroting shallow research with a party-line
      message, that rings false with everyone who hears it?

      This report is so weak and humiliating for the US; you wonder
      how they can continue to survive as a country; with this level of
      incompetence being expressed by officials as a "classified" report.
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