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You sort of miss the point. It doesn't really matter who Russia said the source is. They "leaked" it.
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: Greggers
It gives Clinton at least two talking points;
1) Trump is an idiot.
2) The "leaks" cannot be taken at face value.
A senior U.S. intelligence official assured NBC News that cybersecurity and the Russian government's attempts to interfere in the 2016 election have been briefed to, and discussed extensively with, both parties' candidates, surrogates and leadership, since mid-August. "To profess not to know at this point is willful misrepresentation," said the official. "The intelligence community has walked a very thin line in not taking sides, but both candidates have all the information they need to be crystal clear."
I'd think a Russian newspaper would be more cautious on publishing such outlandish claims without verifying it's source.
Now here is my question. Did the Russian site just fail to show that Blumenthal was quoting the newsweek article, or did it actually just flat out make up the email and have it pretending to say blumenthal said those things?
Eichenwald assumes its number #3, but I see know proof of this. I will admit it is a possibility, but it is equally likely Trumps team saw a story that fit their narrative and just jumped on it. Don't get me wrong, this is still very bad, but nowhere near the implications of what #3 would be.
Drones were circling above U.S. consulate during Libya attack but officials decided NOT to mount a rescue mission-
U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens repeatedly pleaded with the State Department for additional security personnel
-Republicans say the Obama administration denied the request for political reasons
- The White House says it had no role in procuring security detail for Stevens