Well, this is terrifying.
While the media may have not been Trump’s biggest friend, the President-elect apparently secured an even stronger ally to help him win the presidential race: Russia!
In response to a question, NSA director and Naval officer Michael S. Rogers said Wikileaks was advancing the goals of a nation state by publishing hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s campaign team weeks ahead of the election.
“There shouldn’t be any doubt in anybody’s minds, this was not something that was done casually, this was not something that was done by chance, this was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily. This was a conscious effort by a nation-state to attempt to achieve a specific effect.”
Though Rogers did not name the nation-state, it’s quite clear who he was referring to.
In October, the U.S. Intelligence Community (which includes the NSA) issued a statement accusing Russian officials of authorizing the hacks to interfere with the election — naming Wikileaks and other hackers as part of the “Russia-directed” effort.
Needless to say, many Clinton supporters (and concerned citizens) are freaking out over this confirmation and demanding an investigation from congress.
See the NSA director’s full comments (below) — along with some strong celeb reactions!
“A conscious effort by a nation-state to attempt to achieve a specific effect” NSA chief on WikiLeaks https://t.co/kvmrTyVE30 #WSJCEOCouncil pic.twitter.com/AT2pxK2ROR
Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 15, 2016
I JUST called and added my name to the tally and ALSO asked that she demand an investigation of Russia’s interjection in the election #NSA https://t.co/mTW7shcwyQ
Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) November 16, 2016
I’d be President too if I had Russia and the FBI helping me.
Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 16, 2016