Irony alert: CIA Director John Brennan is telling doubters of the intel community's assessment the Russian government is “100% certain” to have carried out DNC and Clinton campaign hacks that they should “wait and see” its report before passing “judgment.”
Typically, those who pass judgment without seeing hard evidence — currently thin gruel — are the ones chided for jumping to conclusions. Many seem to have made up their minds already; tellingly, 50% of Democratic voters believe the Russians meddled directly in the U.S. election, of which there is no evidence whatsoever.
Nonetheless, John Brennan explained to PBS News Hour's Judy Woodruff why doubters who point to intelligence failures in the past can be sure the community has it right this time.
“I would suggest to individuals who have not yet seen the report, who have not yet been briefed on it, that they wait and see what it is that the intelligence community is putting forward ... before they make those judgments,” Brennan told PBS host Judy Woodruff on Tuesday.
That report, titled Grizzly Steppe, has been widely panned in the tech community for being short on details and possessing conflicts with the narrative that the Russian government was definitively behind the hacks.
The Russian government very well may be behind the DNC and Clinton campaign hacks, but there is going to need to be better proof of that than has been provided so far before people should come to such a conclusion. Forthcoming testimony of DNI James Clapper on Thursday will hopefully provide some clarity about the extent of Russia's interference in the 2016 election campaign.