The latest in the unfolding saga of the unholy alliance between Russian autocrat Vladimir "Vlad the Invader" Putin and neo- fascist useful idiot Donald "Rump" Trump:
U.S. intelligence officials now believe with "a high level of confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.
Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used. The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies, the officials said.
Putin's objectives were multifaceted, a high-level intelligence source told NBC News. What began as a "vendetta" against Hillary Clinton morphed into an effort to show corruption in American politics and to "split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] couldn't depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore," the official said.
Ultimately, the CIA has assessed, the Russian government wanted to elect Donald Trump. The FBI [a.k.a., Trumpland] and other agencies don't fully endorse that view, but few officials would dispute that the Russian operation was intended to harm Clinton's candidacy by leaking embarrassing emails about Democrats. (our emphasis)That there was Russian interference wasn't a state secret (lowly bloggers knew about it long ago and right up to the election). Unfortunately for our democracy, this was largely ignored by the cretinous, credulous media, which was too busy lapping up Wikileaks' Russian- provided agitprop on Clinton non- scandals and