DEEP STATE: U.S. Intelligence Meddles in Presidential Election: Backs Hillary Clinton, Tries to Stop Donald Trump
by Alexander Mercouris, The Duran:
The fact and evidence free statement by US intelligence that Russia was behind the DNC leak is an attempt to swing the US Presidential election in Hillary Clinton’s favour and amounts to the direct interference of US intelligence in a democratic US election.
The single most important event of the US Presidential election took place last week and to my knowledge it has gone completely unreported.
This was not the video tape of Donald Trump’s grotesque and deeply offensive sexual banter from 2005.
It was the public confirmation that an intelligence agency is directly interfering in an ongoing US Presidential election.
The intelligence agency in question is not however that of Russia as is being reported. It is that of the United States itself.
To understand why this is so, consider the statement US intelligence published last week on the subject of alleged Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and of other US agencies involved in the election. It reads as follows:
“The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow—the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officialscould have authorized these activities.”
(bold italics added)
The statement is an implicit admission that US intelligence has no evidence to back its allegations of Russian hacking.
It is merely “confident” – not “sure” – that it is the Russians who are behind the hacking, and it is clear from the statement that it arrived at this conclusion purely through inference: because the hacks supposedly were “consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts”.
US intelligence assumes the Russians were behind the hack not because it knows this to be so but in part because of what it believes Russian motives to be.
The statement backs its claim with a textual trick. It says “the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia”. It then immediately follows these words with the words “for example”.
These lead to the expectation that an actual example of such Russian “tactics and techniques” is about to follow. Instead what is provided are the fact free words “to influence public opinion there”.
The words “for example” lend nothing to the meaning of the statement, which would be exactly the same without them. These two words as used in the statement are actually meaningless. That is a sure sign that their presence in the statement is intended to confuse the casual reader, and that this is true of the statement as a whole.
The words are designed to create a subliminal impression to a casual reader that the Russians have been caught doing this sort of thing before, without however providing a single actual example when this was the case.
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