The New York Times has finally admitted that one of the favorite Russia-gate canards – that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies concurred on the assessment of Russian hacking of Democratic emails – is false.
In the Times’ White House Memo of June 25, correspondent Maggie Haberman mocked Trump for “still refus[ing] to acknowledge a basic fact agreed upon by 17 American intelligence agencies that he now oversees: Russia orchestrated the attacks, and did it to help get him elected.”On Thursday, the Times appended a correction to a June 25 article that had repeated the false claim, which has been used by Democrats and the mainstream media for months to brush aside any doubts about the foundation of the Russia-gate scandal and portray President Trump as delusional for doubting what all 17 intelligence agencies supposedly knew to be true.
However, on Thursday, the Times – while leaving most of Haberman’s ridicule of Trump in place – noted in a correction that the relevant intelligence “assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.”
The NYT just quietly retracted its “Russiagate” canard that all 17 US intelligence agencies agreed on Russia hacking https://t.co/JlfzhdklA5
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) June 29, 2017
However, this didn’t stop California Congresswoman Maxine Waters from pushing the now debunked claim during a Saturday appearance on MSNBC.
From Information Liberation:
Maxine Waters still hasn’t gotten the message that the claim “seventeen intelligence agencies” agreed on Russian hacking was fake news which The New York Times and the Associated Press were forced to admit over a week ago wasn’t true.
Asked on MSNBC Saturday what she found “troubling” about Trump’s meeting with Putin at the G20, Waters complained that Trump “didn’t talk about our intelligence agencies, seventeen of them who have concluded that, yes, they were involved in the hack and undermining of our elections, the undermining of our democracy.”
Only three agencies and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence actually worked on the Russia hacking report. The seventeen claim appears to have originated with Hillary Clinton after she lost the election, the media simply ran with it as gospel and repeated it ad nauseam as though it were fact.