#2923740 at 2018-09-07 21:56:36 (UTC+1) Q Research General #3698: Glowing Concern Edition
Yes, 17 intelligence agencies really did say Russia was behind hacking
Donald Trump's claim that the United States has "no idea" who is behind recent email hacks is just not true.
The fact-checking website Politifact says Hillary Clinton is correct when she says 17 federal intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia is behind the hacking.
"We have 17, 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyber attacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin. And they are designed to influence our election. I find that deeply disturbing," Clinton said during Wednesday's presidential debate in Las Vegas.
Trump pushed back, saying that Clinton and the United States had "no idea whether it is Russia, China or anybody else."
But Clinton is correct. On Oct. 7, the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement on behalf of the U.S. Intelligence Community. The USIC is made up of 16 agencies, in addition to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
"The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow-the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities."
While the agencies all issued the statement together, Trump spokesman StevenCheung told Politifact he took Clinton to be implying each agency came to the conclusion independently, a situation Cheung finds "unlikely."
This summer, Wikileaks released a trove of emails from the Democratic National Committee. And over the past two weeks, Wikileaks has been releasing Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's emails. The Clinton campaign has neither confirmed or denied the authenticity of the emails, though they have pushed back on certain emails and warned that stolen information could be altered.
#1703936 at 2018-06-11 23:45:43 (UTC+1) Q Research General #2143: Distractions ∆head
Trump comms aide StevenCheung leaves White House
A top communications staffer, StevenCheung, has left the White House, according to a new report.
Cheung completed his final day on Friday as special assistant to the president and director of rapid response, sources told Politico.
Cheung, who previously worked for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, was one of the last aides from the Trump campaign to still be working at the White House.
Another former campaign aide who recently left the West Wing, Cliff Sims, said Cheung was integral to both the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch and the passage of last winter's large tax reform bill.
"Steven has been a part of Trump world for over 700 days," added former Trump campaign aide Bryan Lanza. "He deserves a gold watch."
Cheung plans to return to the sports and entertainment industry, another source told the outlet.