Warning: do not spark up any illegal substances for the imbibing thereof before reading the linked report lest you become stranded on the floor gasping for breathe in fits of uncontrollable and possibly life threatening laughter.
US Intelligence Report (pdf)
This report is a declassified version of a highly classified assessment. This document’s conclusions are identical to the highly classified assessment, but this document does not include
the fullany supporting information, including specific intelligence on key elements of the influence campaign. Given the redactions, we made minor edits purely for readability and flow.
Okay, I cheated there. The original document didn’t score out ‘the full’ and replace it with the more accurate ‘any’. But for fucksake people! In essence the report boils down to the fact that some peeps in the US disapprove of people in Russia having an opinion, and the fact their opinions are being met with disapproval means that they must have acted nefariously. And so we get a so-called ‘intelligence’ report that’s peppered with nothing much besides such earth shattering revelations as –
Putin publicly pointed to the Panama Papers disclosure and the Olympic doping scandal as US-directed efforts to defame Russia, suggesting he sought to use disclosures to discredit the image of the United States and cast it as hypocritical.
Moscow also saw the election of President elect Trump as a way to achieve an international counterterrorism coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Pro-Kremlin proxy Vladimir Zhirinovskiy, leader of the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, proclaimed just before the election that if President-elect Trump won, Russia would “drink champagne” in anticipation of being able to advance its positions on Syria and Ukraine.
And so it goes, an endless stream of innuendo, banality and opinionated assertions before moving on to … (drum roll)
Russia — Kremlin’s TV Seeks To Influence Politics, Fuel Discontent in US*
In an effort to highlight the alleged “lack of democracy” in the United States, RT broadcast, hosted, and advertised third party candidate debates and ran reporting supportive of the political agenda of these candidates. The RT hosts asserted that the US two-party system does not represent the views of at least one-third of the population and is a “sham.”
RT aired a documentary about the Occupy Wall Street movement on 1, 2, and 4 November. RT framed the movement as a fight against “the ruling class” and described the current US political system as corrupt and dominated by corporations. RT advertising for the documentary featured Occupy movement calls to “take back” the government. The documentary claimed that the US system cannot be changed democratically, but only through “revolution.” After the 6 November US presidential election, RT aired a documentary called “Cultures of Protest,” about active and often violent political resistance (RT, 1- 10 November).
How do I wrap this up? It’s like I went to the loo and all the toilet paper spontaneously unraveled onto the floor. I’m just left sitting thinking wtf?