Ben Swann is as real of a journalist as you can get. He’s got a show called “Reality Check,” and it’s never failed to deliver the facts in as simple a way as possible.
On Thursday, he took on the media’s claim that the CIA has ruled that alleged Russian hackers were intent on swinging the election in Trump’s favor.
Of course, when you think about that claim, it’s rather silly. I mean, Russians allegedly “swung” the election by simply releasing the truth about the DNC and Hillary’s campaign machinations. Apparently, it was unfair that these hackers had exposed the truth about Hillary, but not about Donald Trump.
Ben Swann lists 5 problems with the hypothesis that Russian hackers somehow swayed the election:
1. CIA did not officially release this information. Anonymous sources leaked their conclusions to the Washington Post and New York Times.
The media will scoff at the idea of #Pizzagate, because there wasn’t any hard evidence proving such a child prostitution ring existed. But when it comes to what WaPo and NYT reported, it’s based off information that was leaked anonymously to them to publish.
No one knows for sure where it came from. Now, when people ask for sources and evidence for the claims that WaPo and NYT made, they’re met with derision: “Whoa, whoa whoa…you mean you don’t trust our own CIA?”
2. Anonymous sources did not provide evidence to support their statements.
So, not only did these leaked statements come from anonymous people claiming to be from the CIA (they may or may not have been from the CIA), they didn’t even provide evidence for their own conclusions. They just provided their conclusions, some of which have already been proven to be false – such as the claim that the RNC was hacked as well. In fact, it was that false claim that served as the basis for the hypothesis that Russia’s alleged hack had as its purpose to sway the election in Trump’s favor.
3. The CIA lies.
It would be incredibly naive to think that the CIA – or any other government agency for that matter – truly has our best interests at heart at all times. They’re by no means immune from the corruption of politics. Specifically, the CIA has been involved in covert operations domestically and internationally ever since they’ve been around.
As Ben Swann noted, just a couple years ago, the Senate Intelligence Committee blasted the CIA for fostering an ongoing “culture of misinformation.”
Senator Ron Wyden – a Democrat from Oregon – stated in 2014, “That trust has been seriously undermined by senior officials’ reckless reliance on secret interpretations of the law and battered by years of misleading and deceptive practices.”
Further, a Senate report had found that the CIA had lied repeatedly about its use of torture.
4. Even CIA investigators don’t agree on the assessment.
From the Washington Post: “There were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.”
What disagreements? They weren’t mentioned. And how do we know that they were “minor?” We don’t, because those disagreements weren’t made known.
5. Assange said it was a leak, not a hack.
Julian Assange has said that emails and documents from the DNC and John Podesta were not obtained from any state actors. He’s specifically said it wasn’t Russia, and the information was retrieved and transferred to WikiLeaks by a whistleblower with legal access to that information, not from a hacker.
Further, former UK ambassador Craig Murray has divulged – much to the dismay of Julian Assange – that he personally met with the whistleblower in a wooded area in D.C. to procure the documents.