Politics

Why the CIA Is Questioning Trump's Win

December 10th 2016

By:
Willie Burnley Jr.

In a Cold War-level twist, the Central Intelligence Agency has confirmed their view that Russia interfered with the U.S. election through hacking, according to The Washington Post. CIA officials reportedly briefed senators on the Russian sabotage.

“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia's goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation told the Post.

It's suspected that Russia used middlemen instead of government officials in the operation, saying that the actors were “one step” removed from government employees. Still, The Post said, “officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton's chances.”

In a statement, the Trump team dismissed reports of Russian hacking and implied that the CIA was not a competent agency.

The allegations of hacking in the president-elect’s favor are likely to add momentum to Hamilton Electors - those who want to vote in the Electoral College against Trump despite their state’s election results.

These new allegations are troubling but they don't give much information to the American people.

The CIA assessment follows reports that Russia is also responsible for hacking the Democratic and Republican National Committees this election cycle. However, with little public information, the accusations on the part of U.S. intelligence agencies and denials from the Kremlin have devolved into little more than clandestine tattle-telling.

In late November, eight Senate Democrats signed a three-sentence open letter to President Obama urging him to declassify information about Russia’s hacking efforts for the public. It read:

We believe there is additional information concerning the Russian government and the U.S. election that should be declassified and released to the public. We are conveying specifics through classified channels. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

This new information could have the potential to delegitimize Trump’s victory; other efforts have not been successful. A recount effort by Green Party presidential candidate that added to that momentum has all but died now after a series of challenges.