The Declassified Report on Russia’s Election Hacking Says Nothing New


If you were on the edge of your seat, waiting for the US government to drop its much-anticipated report on Russian hacking operations against American targets and particularly targeting the 2016 presidential election, I’m really sorry to say, you’ll be truly disappointed.

By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai | MOTHERBOARD

The FBI, CIA and NSA released their joint report on Friday afternoon (a full three days before they announced they’d publish it) and it’s a true bummer.

This is the public version of the report, so certain classified details have been omitted. Obviously, the NSA and CIA can’t reveal too many details about how they know some of this stuff, because it could tip off Russia to their methods. But this report adds nothing we didn’t already know from public information. The only significant statement is that, yes, American spies are convinced Russian President Vladimir Putin himself directed the hacking and influence campaign—something they already stated in early October.

The report also claims that Guccifer 2.0, a hacker who claimed to be a Romanian Gucci-obsessed “women lover,” was indeed controlled by the Russians (as we speculated six months ago), and was the intermediary who passed data stolen from the DNC to WikiLeaks. Once again, nothing shocking here. Guccifer 2.0 themselves claimed to have sent documents to WikiLeaks in one of their very first blog posts, as well as in a private chat with Motherboard.

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