ZeroHedge: “The Intelligence Doesn’t Say That”: National Security Official Pushes Back On 2020 Russian Meddling Report

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/intelligence-doesnt-say-national-security-official-pushes-back-2020-russian-meddling

When CNN contradicts the NYT, what must the public do? My advice: Wait two days to see how the story plays out before attempting to form an opinion.

This particular story about the Trump administration appears to be turning into another “Russia, Russia, Russia!” nothingburger.

17 thoughts on “ZeroHedge: “The Intelligence Doesn’t Say That”: National Security Official Pushes Back On 2020 Russian Meddling Report

  1. Fair enough. I am a bit surprised you trust Jake Tapper, or anyone at CNN, all of a sudden just because the anonymous Durden posted the story at ZH. But that is something else.

    And if Maguire did not brief POTUS first, then he was derelict in his duties. That hasn’t been stated, so we may never know. But with Trump’s reputation for not reading and losing interest is briefings, he may have been briefed and doesn’t recall.

    Accusing Tapper of hedging at the end of his tweets is disingenuous, IMHO. He states that it is not in question that Trump desires to replace intel professionals with loyalists and that Russia (and others) are attempting to interfere in or democratic process. This is plain to see to anyone that pays attention to the sounds outside of the noise.

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    1. RE: “I am a bit surprised you trust Jake Tapper, or anyone at CNN, all of a sudden just because the anonymous Durden posted the story at ZH.”

      Why would you assume such a thing?

      RE: “This is plain to see to anyone that pays attention to the sounds outside of the noise.”

      It also supports the NYT narrative which Tapper’s Twitter reporting otherwise contradicts.

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        1. RE: “SO you do acknowledge that the Russians (and others) are attempting to interfere in our democratic process?”

          Sure. I don’t see it is a major risk, but I acknowledge it.

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          1. “I don’t see it is a major risk, “… And THAT, Mr. Roberts is the problem. It IS a major risk, and instead of saying the administration should do something about it, you just brush it off as a minor inconvenience, like mosquitoes at a barbeque. There are too many gullible people in this country, regardless of party affiliation, that can’t (or in some cases, won’t) relalize exactly what is going on. SAD!

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  2. “… more reasonable interpretation is that Russia views Trump as a dealmaker they can work with – “not that they prefer him over Sanders or Buttigieg or anyone else.”

    So what does that mean?

    To me it says that Putin prefers to have Trump and, if so, then his IRA and other propaganda machinery will certainly work to that end.

    In other words, that statement is senseless and pointless.

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    1. RE: “To me it says that Putin prefers to have Trump and, if so, then his IRA and other propaganda machinery will certainly work to that end.”

      If Tapper is to be believed, the intelligence sources don’t go as far in making inferences as you do. It is possible, for example, that Russia prefers Sanders or Buttigieg, or even Biden.

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      1. It is more likely that they really don’t give a Putin’s ass who it is. They just enjoy the chaos and chaos is where Trump lives.

        Instead of saying who the Russians are trying to help or hurt, maybe we would be better served to say that the Russians are just trying to destroy the confidence we once had in our electoral process. Just a thought to be a little less confrontational. And to see if you are capable of doing the same.

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  3. Why wait? It makes for better hysteria from our “if you love your country” dolts to babble left wing tripe that the Russians are coming to eat your kids while vacationing at Mar a Lago.

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    1. Maybe not eat the kids. But definitely getting involved with no restraint by this administration because chaos wins for Trump. Just ask him.

      The interference may not be so much about assisting Trump, but to sow the discord and deepen it more than in 2016. We’ve all bought into one form or another, but it is up to us, regardless of party.

      If Trump wants to gain legitimacy, which he seems to be so desperate for, then he should do something about the meddling, regardless of who it is helping. By putting a stop to it, or at least acknowledging it and making an effort, he might get some. But until he gets over his lack of legitimacy issues, we are in for a long 8 and a half months.

      And I have a question for you. Are you not one of the “love your country dolts”? If not, then there is a bigger problem with you then just defending Trump.

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      1. RE: “If Trump wants to gain legitimacy, which he seems to be so desperate for, then he should do something about the meddling…”

        What do you think he should do?

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  4. Here they go again with their Goebbelsesque, Russian bogeyman propaganda.

    The problem for Dems is that the Horowitz IG report actually inverted the Russian narrative. For it proves that in 2016, the FBI, the DNC and the Clinton campaign conspired with Russian intelligence (Steele dossier) to undermine Mr Trump and advance Ms Clinton.

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    1. You keep trying that spin, you’re gonna end up dizzier that you already appear to be. Keep trying though. No matter how many times you say it, like all things Trump, it just ain’t so. It makes me laugh.

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