The Trump “Intelligence” Briefing Has No Proof Russians Hacked (or Leaked) Anything: Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections UPDATE 8

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Best line = ZERO proof:

“Judgments are not intended to imply that we have proof that shows something to be a fact. Assessments are based on collected information, which is often incomplete or fragmentary, as well as logic, argumentation, and precedents.”

We do not make this stuff up. The DNI just committed suicide.

In three parts.

01: The raw document as a pdf with no registration required (link below).

IC 2017 on Russians Hacking US Election

02: Evaluative and contextual comments by Robert Steele.

03: Evaluative and contextual comments by others as they are obtained.

Final appraisal: Trump right, IC wrong, 5 strikes itemized below. Only 3 agencies (CIA, FBI, NSA) signed this report, not “all seventeen.” DHS notable for its absence.

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Jan 6

Berto Jongman: Death of BBC, Questionable Capacity of CIA’s OSE

Berto Jongman

BBC at risk of death — CIA’s OSE allegedly covers 75% of world to BBC’s 25%.

Open Source Stupidity: The Threat to the BBC Monitoring Service

In addition to further severe budget cuts, BBC Monitoring is currently facing the loss of its Caversham Park headquarters (formerly owned by the Government) and many of its specialists who have no wish to relocate.  . . .   We therefore conclude that the Government must reinstate funding of the service in order to protect its skilled staff and specialist infrastructure. If the BBC is not willing to co-operate, then the Government should recognise the folly of the 2010 decision; take back ownership of Caversham Park; restore the modest central funding required and reconstitute the Monitoring Service as a state-owned Open Source Information Agency, in order to guarantee its future, once and for all.

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Dec 24

Angelo Codevilla: CIA (John Brennan) – Nothing There

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Dec 21