Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!

No surprise here:
“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 made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.” [snip]
The CIA shared its latest assessment with key senators in a closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill last week, in which agency officials cited a growing body of intelligence from multiple sources. Agency briefers told the senators it was now “quite clear” that electing Trump was Russia’s goal, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.  
The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal U.S. assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior U.S. official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials [=cough= FBI? =cough=] about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.  (our emphasis)
Why, why would the Russians want to elect useful idiot Donald "Rump" Trump???  These are mysteries...

In related news:

-- on Friday, the President ordered a full review of hacking by Russia during the campaign, with reports to Congress and other stakeholders; and

-- Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has emerged as neo- fascist oligarch Rump's favored choice for Secretary of State.  Tillerson has been an opponent of sanctions on Russia (his company can't collect revenues with sanctions in place) and has had a bromance with Russian autocrat Vladimir "Vlad the Invader" Putin since the 1990's.  Company before country!

Are there any more dots that need connecting?

Here's the happy couple:

(Rex Tillerson and Vlad the Invader/ Getty)

(Top image:  It's a plot, alright, but we won't die laughing.)

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