The charges were announced less than an hour after the news website published a top-secret document from the NSA that described Russian efforts to launch cyber attacks on at least one US voting software supplier and send “spear-phising” emails, or targeted emails that try to trick a recipient into clicking on a malicious link to steal data, to more than 100 local election officials days before the presidential election last November.
The Intercept’s reporting reveals new details behind the conclusion of US intelligence agencies that Russian intelligence services were seeking to infiltrate state voter registration systems as part of a broader effort to interfere in the election, discredit Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and help Mr Trump, the then Republican candidate, win the election.
The conclusion doesn’t follow from the evidence, does it? In fact, much more is being concluded than the evidence supports.
The evidence is that “someone Russian” launched spear phishing attacks. The conclusion is that ~Putin interfered to help Trump win. There’s a few steps being leapt over in that argument, no?
The intelligence assessment acknowledges that there is still a great deal of uncertainty over how successful the Russian operatives were and does not reach a conclusion about whether it affected the outcome of the election, in which Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton hinged on three closely contested states.