No one truly knows the identity of the perpetrators of any of the purported election-related hacks, including the 17 agencies signing off on the Statement. The Statement, recklessly seized upon by some journalists, pundits and politicians, said the hacks “. . . are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow — the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”
Announcing that we think the hacks “are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts” falls far short of a legitimate prosecutorial conclusion containing actual evidence of Russian culpability and attribution.
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