This was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily

A striking piece of news that will probably get lost in the breathless coverage of Trump’s deranged tweets:

The leaks and disclosures published by WikiLeaks in the run-up to the US presidential election this year were a “conscious effort by a nation-state to attempt to achieve a specific effect”, according to the director of the National Security Agency (NSA).

US intelligence chief Michael Rogers, who has managed the secretive agency since 2014, said during a Wall Street Journal conference on 15 November that Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid was hampered by state-sponsored hackers who worked to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

“There shouldn’t be any doubt in anybody’s mind – this was not something that was done casually,” he said when asked about WikiLeaks’ publications. “This was not something that was done by chance. This was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily.”

The director did not name the nation-state in question, however he is on-record as saying that “Russians were behind the penetrations” while previously discussing intrusions at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

It was a close election, to put it mildly. Clinton won the popular vote. Even if the highly selective Wikileaks “disclosures” moved only a relatively small number of people, that would be enough. They came in a rush after the “grab them by the pussy” tape and the third debate, when it looked as if Trump were toast. So if Rogers is right, Russia and Putin and Julian Assange saddled us all with that evil piece of shit.

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