Sunday Smack: Who Cares if Russia Hacked the Truth?

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The US Office of National Intelligence ’s report of Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections [pdf] published three sentences that will serve as this week’s Sunday Smack.

The first sentence offers no surprise:

We assess with high confidence that the [Russia Main Intelligence Agency] relayed material it acquired from the DNC and senior Democratic officials to WikiLeaks.

I won’t spend much time telling you about how the report is full of assertions and not much evidence — I already covered that area and Sunday Smack is one of the few moments in mentalunrest where I try to not inject my opinions.

You’ll find the next sentence interesting since a reference is made regarding WikiLeaks’ credibility:

Moscow most likely chose WikiLeaks because of its self-proclaimed reputation for authenticity.

The third sentence could blow some minds:

Disclosures through WikiLeaks did not contain any evident forgeries.

“ … did not contain any evident forgeries.”

Given that no one has yet proved the Wikileaks emails from Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee to be fake, the Office of National Intelligence provided yet another data point regarding the emails’  authenticity.

This includes those damaging excerpts of Hillary Clinton’s speeches to the bankers who supported her over the years …

Clinton’s admission that she’s out of touch with ordinary Americans …

Clinton’s staff acknowledgement that she’s out of touch and the DNC’s rollout of the disastrous Pied Piper strategy …

The DNC’s tilting of the primary campaign to mitigate candidate Bernie Sanders’ chances of winning in favor of Clinton …

Clinton’s support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership …

Team Clinton testing the idea of branding Obama as a cocaine head during the 2008 Democratic primary season …

Clinton requires 11 people and several rounds of discussions to send one tweet …

And so much more. All true.

And that brings up my Sunday Smack to you:

Is the supposed authenticity of the Wikileaks emails regarding Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party less, equally or more important than the accusation that Russia hacked the DNC?

I’m anxious to hear your thoughts about this …

song currently stuck in my head: “ashes to oceans” – dj shadow feat. matthew halsall

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