At the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday cyber expert Clint Watts testified that during the 2016 election Donald Trump cooperated with Russia by using a KGB technique against his opponents.
With the House Intel investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia blowing up, the adults in the Senate will now take the lead.
On Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee held their first open hearing on Russia’s interference in our election and possible collusion with Trump. And it started with a bang.
Some of the interesting testimony came from cyber expert Clint Watts.
Watts is currently a Robert Fox Fellow for the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. He also served as a U.S. Army infantry officer, an FBI Special Agent on a Joint Terrorism Task Force, and a consultant to the FBI’s Counter Terrorism Division and National Security Branch.
Watts was asked why Russia’s attack was so effective. He said the attack worked because Donald Trump participated in it and made it work.
Watts explained that Trump used Russian “active measures” against his opponents. Active measures is a Russian technique, also known as aktivniye meropriyatiya, that dates back to the KGB. The goal is to put out mass disinformation and propaganda for the purpose of influencing or controlling events in other countries…like our presidential election.
This bombshell exchange is between Watts and Republican Senator James Lankford.
WATTS: The answer is very simple and it’s what nobody is really saying in this room. Which is, part of the reason active measures have worked in this U.S. election is because the Commander-in-Chief has used Russian active measures at times, against his opponents. On 14 August 2016, his campaign chairman, after a debunked–
LANKFORD: When you say his, who’s his?
WATTS: Paul Manafort.
WATTS: — cited the fake Incirlik story as a terrorist attack on CNN, and he used it as a talking point. On 11 October, President Trump stood on a stage and cited a – what appears to be a fake news story from Sputnik News that disappeared from the Internet. He denies the intel from the United States about Russia. He claims that the election could be rigged. That was the number one theme pushed by RT, Sputnik News, white outlets, all the way up until the election. He’s made claims of voter fraud, that President Obama’s not a citizen, that, you know, Congressman Cruz is not a citizen.
So, part of the reason active measures works, and it does today in terms of Trump Tower being wiretapped is because they parrot the same line.
Another big revelation that came out of Thursday’s hearing was that Russia’s attack and meddling didn’t stop at the election. Trump is still cooperating with them. It was Russia that started the fake story about Obama wiretapping Trump Tower during the election. And Trump was all too happy to play along.
— Chris Sampson (@TAPSTRIMEDIA) March 30, 2017
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