Former Director of National Intelligence for Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah, James Clapper, appeared on CNN’s “The Situation Room” and called into question a talking point that was made by Hillary Clinton during last year’s election cycle. Instead of 17 intelligence agencies agreeing on Russian interference, Clapper said it was only three or four.
If you recall, former FBI Director James Comey claims there is no doubt that the Russians interfered in the elections. He was basically claiming the same thing as former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Situation Room host Jim Sciutto asked, “First on the big picture, In a foreign country next to a foreign leader the day before he meets Russia, the president of Russia, did he just throw the U.S. intelligence community under the bus?”
“Well, it is hard not to reach that conclusion that, exactly so,” he said. “First of all, on the number of components in the international community, yes, there are 17; the 16 components by law plus the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.”
Clapper went on to expound, “When then president-elect Trump was briefed on this on the 6th of January, there were four of us — meaning the directors of NSA, FBI and CIA and myself. That’s all. And we explained who did the report. So how this narrative got out there about 17 components being involved, I don’t know. But the report itself makes it clear that it was the three agencies plus the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that put this intelligence community assessment together.”
“As far as others doing this, boy, that’s news to me,” he added. “We saw no evidence whatsoever there was other — there was anyone involved in this other than the Russians.”
Clapper then seems to imply that the intelligence community dropped the ball on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq fifteen years ago and have taken steps to ensure that they never do it again.
“As far as the infamous weapons of mass destruction, the national intelligence assessment that was done in October of 2002, I remember it because my fingerprints were on it,” he affirmed. “It was 15 years ago. The intelligence community has done a lot of things to make sure that never happens again.”
“And so, yes, it’s true; that was a big mistake,” he continued. “But we have learned from it and inserted — the intelligence community has, I should say — injected a lot of safeguards to prevent that from ever happening again.”
Clapper concluded, “And because of that experience and my having lived through it, that is why my confidence level is so high and the veracity and the fidelity of the information that went into that international community assessment.”
While in Warsaw, Poland for the G-20 summit, President Trump echoed Clapper’s comments saying, “It turned out to be three or four. It wasn’t 17.”
“I heard it was 17 agencies,” said Trump. “I said, ‘Boy, that’s a lot. Do we even have that many intelligence agencies, right? Let’s check it.’ And we did some very heavy research. It turned out to be three or four. It wasn’t 17. And many of your compatriots had to change their reporting or they had to apologize or they had to correct.”
Why does any of this matter, you might ask. It’s because it was a pitch to the general electorate that the intelligence community was on Clinton’s side and against Trump.
The Daily Caller reports:
The 17 intelligence agencies claim stems from a misunderstanding of what the intelligence community is and two separate reports by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in October 2016 and January 2017.
The October 2016 statement codified the U.S. intelligence community’s “confidence” that the Russian government was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and likely distribution of emails to Wikileaks. The January 2017 unclassified report also definitively assessed that:
“Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.”
Clinton and supporters extrapolated use of the word “intelligence community” in both reports to claim that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies concurred. The number essentially asserts that agencies like the Department of Energy, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and Coast Guard Intelligence were somehow involved in the process.
Why? Well one guess is that to a general electorate, 17 sounds a lot more substantial than three.
Sadly, even after the intelligence community has corrected the Clinton narrative, media correspondents and media reporters continue to promote the lie about the 17 agencies confirming the matter.
Both the AP, who was recently caught up in a CNN-style fake news report, admitted it ran reports on June 2, June 26 and June 29 saying “all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump.”
They have lost all credibility with those lies.
The New York Times did the same thing, but later retracted the story and admitted, “the assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.”
And the also not credible Politifact tried to make the best of the lies, by titling an article, “17 intelligence organizations or 4? Either way, Russia conclusion still valid.”
No, actually it’s not. It actually means less than twenty-five percent of the intelligence community is even in agreement that Russia was involved. Politifact gets a Pants-on-Fire rating.
It’s becoming painfully clear that Donald Trump is continuing to expose the fake news of the mainstream media, and it’s a wonderful thing to see.