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Officials Say Putin Personally Involved In Election Hacks

It looks like the intelligence community is going to tell the story if Congress won't.

This is why it was a bad idea for Republicans and the President-elect to ignore and/or deny the Russian interference in our election. The intelligence community doesn't like that, and now the leaks are rolling out fast and furiously.

According to a new report by NBC News, Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in the efforts to interfere with the election.

Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used. The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies, the officials said.

Putin's objectives were multifaceted, a high-level intelligence source told NBC News. What began as a "vendetta" against Hillary Clinton morphed into an effort to show corruption in American politics and to "split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] couldn't depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore," the official said.

The latest intelligence said to show Putin's involvement goes much further than the information the U.S. was relying on in October, when all 17 intelligence agencies signed onto a statement attributing the Democratic National Committee hack to Russia.

The statement said officials believed that "only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities." That was an intelligence judgment based on an understanding of the Russian system of government, which Putin controls with absolute authority.

Now the U.S has solid information tying Putin to the operation, the intelligence officials say. Their use of the term "high confidence" implies that the intelligence is nearly incontrovertible.

"It is most certainly consistent with the Putin that I have watched and used to work with when I was an ambassador and in the government," said Michael McFaul, who was ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014.

"He has had a vendetta against Hillary Clinton, that has been known for a long time because of what she said about his elections back in the parliamentary elections of 2011. He wants to discredit American democracy and make us weaker in terms of leading the liberal democratic order. And most certainly he likes President-elect Trump's views on Russia," McFaul added. Clinton cast doubt on the integrity of Russia's elections.

Now that they've got a high degree of confidence on this, can you guess what they're going after next? I bet you can.

As part of contingency planning for potential retaliation against Russia, according to officials, U.S. intelligence agencies have stepped up their probing into his personal financial empire.

American officials have concluded that Putin's network controls some $85 billion worth of assets, officials told NBC News.

Although there is some new information here about the extent of Putin's involvement in the actual interference, the real story remains the same as it did when the story first broke. Elected officials, sworn to uphold and defend the United States Constitution, chose their party and power instead, leaving us with a Putin puppet about to take the oath of office.

They didn't defend the Constitution; they shat upon it.

Update: Here is the NBC News video report:

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