(National Sentinel) Revisionist: Two-time presidential contender Hillary Clinton has repeatedly claimed after her election loss to President Donald J. Trump that all “17 U.S. intelligence agencies” confirmed that Russian interference during the 2016 election was aimed at helping her opponent.
Clinton has made the claim again recently, as The Daily Caller notes. But the problem is, it isn’t true.
In fact, it’s never been true.
The website noted that Clinton’s claim is in reference to the 2017 National Intelligence report which said with “high confidence” that Russia meddled in the election.
“There’s only one problem: The report was compiled by three agencies, not 17,” The Daily Caller reported.
“Only the CIA, FBI, and NSA worked to compile the report. The Daily Caller News Foundation fact-checked this claim nine months ago, but the mainstream media has continued pushing” the lie, the sited noted further.
More recently, CNN‘s Jim Sciutto made the claim in mid-February. The most likely reason for the continued fabrication is because claiming 17 intelligence agencies sounds a lot more convincing to the network’s audience than just three.
Also, it’s worth noting that U.S. intelligence did not find any evidence that Russia’s meddling affected the outcome.
Rather, the intelligence community has concluded that Russia’s objective was to sow distrust in our electoral system, which Moscow appears to have successfully achieved — with the help of mainstream media outlets like CNN, in fact.
Recent reports note that Russia is preparing once again to meddle in the 2018 midterm elections, prompting some lawmakers to call on the Trump administration to take a harder line with Russia.
But, as The New York Times points out, U.S. intelligence agencies do the same thing to Russia and other countries.
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