CIA, FBI Disagree on Findings about Russian Hackers
The headline read that the CIA had “determined that Russian hackers” tried to skew the election toward Donald Trump. The FBI, on the other hand, has not been on the exact same page, and are not sure of the motives of these hacks.
According to the Chicago Tribune
“The divergent messages from the CIA and the FBI put a spotlight on the difficulty faced by intelligence and law enforcement officials as they try to draw conclusions about the Kremlin’s motives for hacking Democratic Party emails during the 2016 race. Officials are frequently looking at information that is fragmentary. They also face issues assessing the intentions of a country expert at conducting sophisticated “influence” operations that made it hard — if not impossible — to conclusively detect the Kremlin’s elusive fingerprints.
The competing messages, according to officials in attendance, also reflect cultural differences between the FBI and the CIA. The bureau, true to its law enforcement roots, wants facts and tangible evidence to prove something beyond all reasonable doubt. The CIA is more comfortable drawing inferences from behavior.
‘The FBI briefers think in terms of criminal standards — can we prove this in court,’ one of the officials said. ‘The CIA briefers weigh the preponderance of intelligence and then make judgment calls to help policymakers make informed decisions. High confidence for them means ‘we’re pretty damn sure.’ It doesn’t mean they can prove it in court.'”
Hackers are not the issue- corruption is the issue
For his part, Donald Trump has basically dismissed the issue of Russian hackers interfering in the election, stating that it’s “the Democrats making excuses.”
Whoever hacked the Democrats is irrelevant. The information released, the evidence of corruption, is exceedingly important, regardless of who leaked the information to Wikileaks. Both Russia and Wikileaks deny it was Russia.
Trump wants to build the military – why wouldn’t Putin view that as a threat? The motives of any “Russian hackers” are questionable.
Secretary of State — experience with Russia
Trump is reportedly looking at Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobile as Secretary of State. Why would he pick someone who has made a business deal with Russia in the past when liberals are throwing 15 kinds of a fit over “Russia” to begin with?
That would be precisely the reason. Attempting to rebuild American relationships from a position of strength in the world is going to be a long rocky road. Having someone who knows the ins and outs of dealing with the Kremlin and making deals with their companies would probably be a welcome addition to the team.