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Saturday, 07 January 2017 09:30

Byron York: Six questions about the Russia hacking report

Written by  Byron York

Julia Ioffe, a writer for The Atlantic who watches Russia carefully, tweeted this about the intelligence community's unclassified report on Russian hacking released Friday: "It's hard to tell if the thinness of the #hacking report is because the proof is classified, or because the proof doesn't exist.

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"Thin" is right. The report is brief — the heart of it is just five broadly-spaced pages. It is all conclusions and no evidence. In the introduction, the IC — the collective voice of the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA — explains that it cannot supply evidence to the public, because doing so "would reveal sensitive sources or methods and imperil the ability to collect critical foreign intelligence in the future."

The problem is, without evidence, it's hard for the public to determine just what happened in the hacking affair. So here are six questions the IC might consider answering in the days ahead:

1) When did the Russian hacking campaign begin? The report says Vladimir Putin "ordered an influence campaign in 2016." It also says Russia's intelligence services gained access to the Democratic National Committee's computer system in July 2015 as part of an effort targeting both Democrats and Republicans, as well as individual campaigns, think tanks, and lobbyists.

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So we're supposed to trust the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA. I think NOT !

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I don't know if Russia hacked the DNC or not. It is beyond argument however that ALL countries hack or attempt to hack every other country. Mr Putin says they did not. Mr Putin appears to be a very pragmatic kinda guy. Is he telling the truth? Probably not or at least not the complete and entire truth. Heads of State are like that.He DID show amazing restraint when Pres Obama threw out his diplomats and he did not retaliate. The Russian have shown a strong disdain for being poked, yet, Mr Putin took the high ground. What does he have to gain by pissing off the next US President? American has a wish list and so does every other Country on Earth... Stay tuned Kids

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