After months of ever growing allegations that Russia “hacked the election,” President Obama is facing growing pressure from both supporters and detractors to actually release some evidence supporting the claims. This is doubly true because Russia denies involvement in any such thing.
That the allegations have been non-stop for nearly half a year without any concrete evidence released is adding fuel to the belief that there isn’t any, At the same time, several top Democrats have accused the administration (and the FBI particularly) of having a bunch of evidence that is conclusive, and withholding it all for some unknown reason.
This has Obama rushing to get all the intelligence agencies to come up with something, though again, administration officials are tempering expectations, insisting that such a report, if it did exist, would contain “classified information” that couldn’t be made public.
Today’s joint FBI/DHS release seems to fit into the long-standing policy of continuing to repeat the allegations as unquestioned fact, while at the same time offering no evidence. The “joint report” is mostly an advisory letter on how to avoid certain types of cyberattacks, but includes a few page narrative of what happened, again attributing everything to Russia but not backing up those assertions.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the “joint report,” beyond what it didn’t include, is that it echoed Democratic Party allegations that they were being hacked through the end of the election, in direct contradiction to President Obama’s claim he ordered Russia to “cut it out” in September and they stopped completely.
The continued insinuations that evidence exists, when from the impression we’ve gotten publicly there isn’t any, along with officials saying that there might be “classified” details they keep secret, is likely to keep the accusations flowing well into Trump’s Administration.