DNI Releases Russian Disinfo To Smear Clinton On Day Of A Presidential Debate
Politico’s Kyle Cheney reported on Tuesday that Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe “declassified a Russian intelligence assessment — which Ratcliffe says could be false or exaggerated — to suggest [Hillary] Clinton hatched a plan to pin Russian hacking onto [Donald] Trump” in 2016.
In a letter to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ratcliffe wrote:
“In late July 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies obtained insight into Russian intelligence analysis alleging that U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians' hacking of the Democratic National Committee.”
Ratcliffe followed up saying that “The IC does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.”
“I'm still wrapping my head around the idea that DNI just publicly released what it acknowledges in untested 2016 Russian intelligence chatter to raise derogatory questions about Hillary Clinton — which of course was Russia's goal when it was doing the chattering,” Cheney tweeted about the letter.
Cheney added: “The substance aside: It's more evidence that Durham is not preparing to bring charges related to any of this. Anything is possible, but it would be extraordinary for Durham to allow evidence like this to go onto the public record if he was preparing related indictments.”