DNI Chief James Clapper Says Russia Was Responsible For Hacking, ‘Classical Propaganda,’ ‘Disinformation’ And ‘Fake News’

DNI Chief James Clapper Says Russia Was Responsible For Hacking, ‘Classical Propaganda,’ ‘Disinformation’ And ‘Fake News’

The Armed Services Committee is currently holding a hearing on the alleged Russian hacks and cybersecurity, and I officially can’t take it seriously. Let me tell you why.

Sen. John McCain opened up the hearing and said that the purpose isn’t to undermine the results of the election. They simply want Americans to have all of the appropriate “facts.”

“The goal…is not to question the outcome of the presidential election. Nor should it be. As both President Obama and President-elect Trump have said, our nation must move forward. But we must do so with full knowledge of the facts,” McCain said.

He basically said he doesn’t want the hearing to be viewed as an attempt to delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency, which is a nice sentiment, but let’s face it. It is.

McCain also asked the panel if Julian Assange has any sort of credibility. They all said no.

DNI Chief James Clapper said that the intelligence community plans to release an unclassified version of its report on the alleged Russian interference “early next week,” but he doesn’t want to speak out on the issue any further.

“We plan to brief the Congress and release an unclassified version of this report to the public next week with due deference to highly sensitive sources and methods,” Clapper told lawmakers. “We’re not really prepared to discuss this beyond standing by our earlier statements.”

Translation: They can’t provide any sort of additional proof at this point. It’s still all rhetoric. “Fake news,” if you will.

Speaking of “fake news,” Clapper said this isn’t just about hacking. Russia was also responsible for “classical propaganda, disinformation [and] fake news.”

FAKE NEWS YOU GUYS. U.S. intelligence officials are seriously jumping on the bogus “fake news” wagon.

Can you even?

The only decent thing that has come out of this so far? Clapper admitted that Russia didn’t hack into voting machines or change vote tallies (sorry libs!).

“They did not change any vote tallies or anything of that sort,” Clapper said. “We have no way of gauging the impact that — certainly the Intelligence Community can’t — the choices that the electorate made. There’s no way for us to gauge.”

I love how they’re all, “Yeah, we don’t really know if Russia influenced the election, but WE 100% KNOW THAT THIS FAKE NEWS THING IS A BIG DEAL!”

What news was fake, exactly? For the millionth time, no one’s disputing the content of the DNC/Podesta emails. The DNC really did rig their primary. Hillary Clinton’s cronies really are that corrupt. What? Did Russia force Donna Brazile to give questions to Hillary in advance? Did Russia force Hillary to transmit classified information on a private email server and lie about it repeatedly? Give me a break.

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