Donald Trump and his supporters have been dismissive of U. S. Intelligence claims that the Russians were behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee e-mails. These made Hillary Clinton look bad and were then given to Wikileaks, which made them public. Those intelligence agencies have released a report giving the basis for blaming Russia and Vladimir Putin’s intelligence operations.
The unclassified version of the report leaves out the details but gives the nature of their evidence. (Read the report for yourself here.) It says that Putin despised Clinton and wanted Trump to win. The actions, which also included the use of paid “trolls,” were intended to discredit Clinton–though the Russians expected her to win–and to boost Trump’s chances.
Defenders of Trump have said that some other group could have done the hacking, that the CIA has often been wrong (including finding evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq), that the intelligence agencies are part of the establishment, that they are part of the Democratic administration (despite their non-politicized organization and their history of conflict with liberals), etc., etc. Yes, lots of things “could have” happened. But I am not aware of any evidence connecting the hacks to anyone else other than the Russians. (Do you know of any? If so, please let us know in the comments. I’ll continue my thoughts after the jump.) [Read more…]