Response by prominent Washington expert on Russia to JRL 2017-#95, 18 May 2017 [Re: U.S. #Intelligence, #Russia, #Hacking, U.S. Election]:

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Response by prominent Washington expert on Russia to JRL 2017-#95, 18 May 2017:

“I was surprised to read Prof. Robinson’s analysis on your Russia List. His analysis misses one rather central point, without mention of which everything else that he says instantly loses credibility. It is not leaks — what would the in-party do without leaks to blame? —  that come from people in the intel community; it is a formal report by all intelligence agencies in the USG that Russia was interfering in the 2016 presidential election campaign. That’s not a questionable leak; it is a fact.”

[DJ: I then shared some critiques of the intelligence report, particularly by Jeffrey Carr]

“Maybe one or two of the intel services could have got it wrong. But all of them? Is it now the function of your service to be skeptical of all judgments linking Russia to the intel charges of last year — and this? Have we all forgotten that this Russian interference is not new — either to Russia or us? I am puzzled and troubled. Maybe I have misjudged the underlying purpose of your service. I hope not.”