Thursday, December 15, 2016

Strategic Assessments and Analyses: Dr. Evelyn Farkas - POLITICO Magazine: "We are only beginning to process the fact that a foreign country interfered with American democratic elections."

Strategic Assessments and Analyses

Dr. Evelyn Farkas - POLITICO Magazine: 

"We are only beginning to process the fact that a foreign country interfered with American democratic elections. But when it comes to Russia and its relationship with Donald Trump, the election hacking may be only the tip of the iceberg. The American public doesn't have access to the data the intelligence community—all 16 agencies combined—have on the Russian government, its banks and oligarchs, and their relationships with Trump's campaign, his business ventures, and the president-elect himself. That must change before January 20. The information needs to be made public... 

We know from the most senior intelligence officials that the Russian government hacks and transfer of information to WikiLeaks were conducted at a minimum to cause Americans to lose faith in their political process, and at a maximum to increase the odds that Trump could win the election... 

Given Russia's capabilities and its recent patterns, it is not at all far-fetched to ask whether Trump is indeed the “puppet” Secretary Clinton mockingly named him in the second presidential debate. Is he financially and politically beholden to Russians close to the government and to the Kremlin itself? If so, is he prepared to accommodate Putin’s interests?.. 

Today, we already have enough clues and too much undisclosed information to warrant worry about the puppet scenario. There are signs the Trump campaign was involved in coordinating this release of hacked information—then-adviser Carter Page’s trips and meetings in Moscow, and Russian statements that they were in touch with the campaign. And of course, Trump publicly called on the Russian government to continue hacking Hillary Clinton’s computers during a televised campaign appearance. His campaign dismissed it as a joke; it's not clear everyone did. It may be too much to say that the Kremlin and Russian secret services put Trump on the path to seeking the presidency, but they certainly contributed to getting him there—even perhaps, to their surprise." 

Here’s What America Needs to Know About Trump and Russia - POLITICO Magazine

Strategic Assessments and Analyses Links: 

Strategic Assessments and Analyses Links - 12.14.16

U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack - NBC News
Report: Putin 'personally involved' in undermining U.S. election | TheHill

Here’s What America Needs to Know About Trump and Russia - POLITICO Magazine

The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S. - The New York Times
Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House - The Washington Post
The good, bad and ugly of warmer US-Russia relations -
Putin, Trump and the West's new...
This is how ridiculous the Trump tech meeting was - Business Insider
Who is Peter Thiel and why is he advising Donald Trump? - BBC News
Moscow has the world’s attention. For Putin, that’s a win. - The Washington Post
National Security - The Washington Post
Report: FBI Director Comey told Trump that the Russian government did not influence the election – TheBlaze
Comey to Trump: The Russians Didn’t Influence the Election - Ed Klein
Was James Comey Working for the Russians or for Donald Trump? | The Chicago Board of Tirade
Time to fire FBI Director James Comey | TheHill
FBI, CIA Can't Get Their Stories Straight About Russian Hacking | PJ Media
Putin Is Waging Information Warfare. Here’s How to Fight Back. - The New York Times

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I find it most remarkable that one of the most cogent, clear and concise pieces of analysis and criticism of the situation in the field of the National Security and Intelligence, practically one of the most notable writings (if any, recently, after Mike Morell's article) in the sphere of the Strategic Intelligence comes from no one else but the professional literary critic. These two, and the other related fields are not that much afar from themselves and their central subject

Trump needs to make heads roll at the CIA and FBI

Mike Morell's article