The losing president weaponized propaganda by disseminating it to anti-Trump forces in our government.
To say that Barack Obama weaponized propaganda will be scoffed at as fake news. But fake news is really the attempt to portray Obama’s actions as anything else. The story at NBC News begins this way:
Obama administration officials were so concerned about what would happen to key classified documents related to the Russia probe once President Trump took office that they created a list of document serial numbers to give to senior members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, a former Obama official told NBC News.
The official said that after the list of documents related to the probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election was created in early January, he hand-carried it to the committee members. The numbers themselves were not classified, said the official.
At the end of this brief “report” is a statement that the story is “developing.” The leak goes to an earlier story that begins (emphasis added):
A Russian covert operation designed to undermine American democracy evolved into an attempt to help Donald Trump win, according to the declassified version of a long-awaited intelligence report released Friday.
In “Key Judgments,” the report says, “We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”
The report says that the Russian government tried to help Trump “by discrediting Secretary Clinton.” It says that of the three agencies that prepared the report, the CIA, the FBI have “high confidence” in this judgment, while the NSA “has moderate confidence.”
The report also says that the Russian hacking campaign targeted or compromised “elements of multiple U.S. state or local electoral boards,” but not systems involved in vote tallying.
In other words, the report admits that our election was not rigged. The rest of the report amounts to an op-ed piece. There is not even an allegation that, if Russia did indeed hack the emails and give them to Wikileaks, the allegations were untrue. Just the opposite! By claiming that Russia must have copied the emails the intelligence agencies are admitting that everything released by Wikileaks showing sleazy DNC corruption was completely genuine.
I don’t think Russia hacked anything, but if they did, that doesn’t mean they altered the election. If people freely voted and the information was truthful, then there is nothing more to discuss…
Except the NBC story about Obama purposefully disseminating this non-evidence to the Senate Intelligence Committee needs to be seen for what it is. Obama circulated what amounts to gossip to enable the government and the media to delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency. That is all that you see here, though they shamelessly cover up their actions to make it seem as if the Trump Administration would destroy evidence.
What evidence? There is none!
I found this Tucker Carlson interview quite helpful. I highly recommend it: