So I really have no idea what to make of the story that the CIA believes Russia interfered with the election in order to get Donald Trump elected. On the one hand, this is the agency that brought you, among other things, vials of “Iraqi” “anthrax” at the UN, but on the other hand, if there’s one thing the CIA ought to be able to recognize, it’s when one country’s intelligence community is trying to interfere with the democratic process in another country. Also, if I may, fuck any Republican pulling this shit:
If the CIA had evidence that another country (any other country, Malta, who cares) had engaged in active interference in the 2016 election on behalf of Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid had talked the Obama administration out of saying anything about it, you’d find John Cornyn screaming and nude on the White House lawn. But the interference, if there was any, benefited his candidate, so OMG BO-RING, this has been going on for years, I mean my God can you just let it go already? Fuck him.
All I’ll say about the substance of this story for now is this: now what? If these charges are true then, you know, this is kind of a big deal, especially if it’s also true that Moscow compiled a fair amount of material on Trump and the Republicans but didn’t release any of it. So…OK? Are anonymous leaks to The Washington Post and a bunch of hand-wringing on Twitter and cable news really all we’re going to get here? If there’s really evidence that Russia engineered Trump’s election, is somebody going to actually do something about it? If not, then what the hell are we all on about? President Obama has ordered an investigation to be completed before Trump’s inauguration, but, like, what will that mean? Say the agency learns that Donald Trump’s real name is “Jeff Putin” and he’s Vlad’s long lost brother–what happens then? Anything? Nothing? I’d just like to know where this could go and whether anybody in authority is actually willing to put themselves on the line over it, beyond giving quotes to the local newspaper. So far the only thing we can say for sure is that Trump and the intelligence community are going to hate each other, and Trump’s “Russian Order of Friendship”-winning Secretary of State pick isn’t going to help heal the rift.
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