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Pelosi: Russian Interference Report Is ‘Stunning in its Conclusions’

This report validates months of reports noting Russian interference in US politics.

Roll Call, however, got its headline wrong, calling this a “Hacking Report” – I changed one word. If you read the article, however, the report clearly is about Russian interference in the 2016 US elections.  Hacking only contributed to the overall campaign.

Hacking and cyber are sexy words compared with influence.  They’re new, they’re hip, but they’re not the main point. Cyber and hacking by themselves accomplish nothing. It is how the information is used that makes the difference.

Counter-Influence must be our focus.

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Minority Leader denounces ‘boldness of the Russians’ in election interference

Posted Jan 6, 2017 12:37 PM

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said a forthcoming intelligence report outlining Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election was a “stunning disclosure.”

Following an intelligence briefing Friday morning, Pelosi and intelligence officials said parts of the report would be released Friday afternoon.

Without offering details on its contents, the California Democrat said she wanted more members of Congress to be able to see the full report and that she believed the hacking of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton and her staff helped cost the former first lady the presidency.

“It was really quite a stunning disclosure,” Pelosi said. “It’s stunning in its conclusions.”

The briefing included House and Senate Democratic and Republican leaders as well as chairs of intelligence committees in both chambers, known effectively as the “Gang of 8.”

Pelosi said the report presented a strong indication that Russia interfered with the U.S. election.

“When the intelligence community presents something with a high level of confidence about the source, the tools, the path, the target, and it’s some specific detail, that is different from an impression you have or something in the public domain or the rest of that,” Pelosi said.

When asked what part of the report surprised her, Pelosi said nothing had.

“It’s just the boldness of the Russians,” she said.

Also Friday, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that he was asking the leaders of congressional intelligence committees to investigate information with NBC News, which reported the Russians celebrating his win.

The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold an open hearing Tuesday on Russian intelligence activities.

Among those testifying are Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, CIA Director John O. Brennan, FBI Director James B. Comey and NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers.

— Ryan Lucas contributed to this report.Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone or your Android.


3 thoughts on “Pelosi: Russian Interference Report Is ‘Stunning in its Conclusions’

  1. To your point on counterinfluence, I think psychology is the most criminally undervalued academic major; but at the same time, the curriculum is not often known for rigor. However, I found myself thinking the other day that cognitive psychology and social psychology would be really important parts of a computer science degree. Most all of the big tech success stories in one way or another rely on social psychology or increasingly cognitive psychology concepts. Influence is a form of applied social psychology. Getting the computer science guys on our end interested in social engineering and stuff could help make them better defenders against foreign influence, as well as develop better, and more intuitive IT systems. (/End editorial on editorial. 🙂 )

    1. Mike, many years ago I was recruiting people into a group I was forming, to help in discussions on Information Operations. Cognitive psychologists were THE best at forming influence operations, but there are so few…

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