Donald Trump takes aim at U.S. intelligence community on Russia

Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 11 December 2016, 02:40 hrs, UTC, Post #46.

Accessed on 11 December 2016, 02:40 hrs, UTC.

Reporters:  Stephen Collisa and Elice Labott.

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A widening gap between President-elect Donald Trump and the Central Intelligence Agency is developing over reports that the Trump election campaign was helped by Russian cyber hackers.

The Trump team has denied that the Russian Federation had anything to do with Trump’s unexpected win in the November 2016 general election.

A Trump spokesperson tells CNN that the intelligence analysts who made that claim “are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”

According to CNN, the disagreement may have unintended consequences for both the new president and the CIA analysts who brief him on a daily basis.

“The transition team’s reference to the agency’s most humiliating recent intelligence misfire — over its conclusion that Iraq under Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction — threatens to cast an early cloud over relations between the Trump White House and the CIA, whose assessments he’ll need to make monumental decisions. .
The top leadership of the agency that presided over the Iraq failure during the Bush administration has long since been replaced. But the comments from Trump’s camp will cause concern in the Intelligence community about the incoming President’s attitude to America’s spy agencies. CNN reported this week that Trump is getting intelligence briefings only once a week. Several previous presidents preparing for the inauguration had a more intense briefing schedule.”
This is not a good turn of events for either our intelligence agencies or for the president-elect.
Specially trained cyber warfare specialists have been an active part of Russian military planning for years. Unsubstantiated reports coming out of Western Europe accuse state-supported hackers from the Russian Federation of trying to spread disinformation and political uncertainty in Germany just before one of its biggest national elections.  Similar claims were made before and after the November 2016 general election in the United States.
Congressional Democrats want the alleged role of Russia in our national election to be thoroughly investigated.
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Russ Roberts
Hawaii Intelligence Digest

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