U.S. Intel Report Identifies Russians Who Gave Emails To WikiLeaks: Officials

The CIA has identified Russian officials who fed material hacked from the Democratic National Committee and party leaders to WikiLeaks at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin through third parties, according to a new U.S. intelligence report, senior U.S. officials said on Thursday.


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Trump Says Focus on Russian Hacking Is a ‘Political Witch Hunt’

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump said in an interview Friday morning that the storm surrounding Russian hacking during the presidential campaign was a political witch hunt being carried out by his adversaries, who he said were embarrassed by their loss to him in the election last year.

Mr. Trump spoke to The New York Times by telephone three hours before he was set to be briefed by the nation’s top intelligence and law enforcement officials about the Russian hacking of American political institutions. In the conversation, he repeatedly criticized the intense focus on Russia.

“China, relatively recently, hacked 20 million government names,” he said, referring to the breach of computers at the Office of Personnel Management in late 2014 and early 2015. “How come nobody even talks about that? This is a political witch hunt.”

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U.S. intercepts capture senior Russian officials celebrating Trump win

Senior officials in the Russian government celebrated Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton as a geopolitical win for Moscow, according to U.S. officials who said that American intelligence agencies intercepted communications in the aftermath of the election in which Russian officials congratulated themselves on the outcome.

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Op-Ed: Deny Putin what he wants

According to Yoni Ariel, the two most fundamental rules of strategy are to concentrate on the schwerpunkt and deny your opponent that what he most wants. Ariel says it’s very clear Putin's prime goal was to install Trump in the White House and that this is precisely what must not be allowed to happen, in order to deny Putin what he most wanted.

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The Anti-Inauguration

The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States is just two weeks away, so now is the time to begin making plans to send him the strongest possible signal that your opposition to the presidency he has foreshadowed will not be pouting and passive, but active and animated.

Now is the time to begin making your plans for the anti-inauguration.

Exclaiming your resistance, while necessary, is insufficient. Resistance is a negative position. While negativity in the face of this menace is justified and admirable, negativity alone is a fractional response. As with most things in a fully articulated life, balance is required. You need to augment your outrage with actions that are affirming, behaviors that reinforce principles and values.


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Democrats Turn Up The Heat By Announcing Bill To Investigate Russia Election Interference

The top Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and House Oversight Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), have announced that they will be introducing a bill to create a bipartisan commission on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Why Is Trump So Reluctant to Accept Claims of Russian Hacking?

Even by the ever-stretching standards of the president-elect, Donald Trump’s response to the accusations of Russian interference with the election is somewhat puzzling.

On the side that believes Russia is to blame, and ought to be punished, are the White House; the Republican leadership and most of the rank-and-file in both houses of Congress; and the intelligence community. They point to a plausible motive, which is the Kremlin’s hatred of Hillary Clinton, and a plausible precursor, which is the Kremlin’s pattern of interfering with other governments’ elections. Opposing them are Trump, his inner circles of aides, the Kremlin, which denies responsibility, and WikiLeaks, which insists it did not receive the documents from Russia-linked hackers.


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What do we actually know about the Russia-Assange-hacking allegations?

In an interview with Sean Hannity that aired Tuesday evening, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange again denied that he received stolen Hillary Clinton campaign emails from Russian state actors. His denial was celebrated by the beneficiary of that theft on Wednesday morning.

Julian Assange said "a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta" - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!


Both of those things are true: That is what Assange said. Given the attention on the issue, though, it's worth considering the evidence at hand that supports or rebuts the broader question: Whether or not Russia was behind the hacks themselves.

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Americans Want Trump To Keep Sanctions Against Russia

Most Americans approve of sanctions against Russia imposed by President Barack Obama, and want to see President-elect Donald Trump keep them in place, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds.

The public is generally in favor of action against Russia, agreeing 46 percent to 24 percent that the U.S. government should impose sanctions. U.S. intelligence agencies say they have evidence Russian hackers intervened in the U.S. presidential election.

By a similar margin, 49 percent to 30 percent, Americans say they support the specific actions announced by Obama last week, including expelling 35 Russian operatives and closing two Russian facilities in the U.S.

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Trump sides with Assange on Russia hacking

President-elect Donald Trump is seemingly taking the word of Julian Assange over that of the U.S. intelligence community, writing on Twitter that the WikiLeaks founder “said it was not the Russians who gave” him the leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee and other prominent political officials.

“Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’ - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!” Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning. That post replaced an earlier one with similar language in which Assange’s name was misspelled.

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