As Russia Meddled, “Partisan Positioning” Slowed the U.S. Response | “Putin’s Revenge” | FRONTLINE

As Russia Meddled, “Partisan Positioning” Slowed the U.S. Response | “Putin’s Revenge” | FRONTLINE

>>Donald Trump is fanning the
flames of the email hack involved in the Democratic…>>…even inciting the Russians
to help find some other…>>The reaction continuing to
pour in…>>NARRATOR: At the Central
Intelligence Agency, there was growing concern about
the implications of the leaks.>>It was quite clear to me that
we were seeing a campaign on the part of the Russians, that it was a much more
aggressive, much more intense, and much more worrisome effort.>>NARRATOR: The intelligence
community’s analysis had already linked the DNC
intrusion to Russian hackers– the very ones used in Ukraine. But now at C.I.A. headquarters, they said they had
something more: direct evidence that Vladimir
Putin himself was personally involved.>>To get the intelligence that
corroborates that was the coup for the C.I.A.>>The agency has obtained
intelligence that shows that Putin is behind
this operation. Putin is setting its goals. Putin is not only aware of this, but aware that they’re planning
to weaponize this information.>>He rarely communicates
by phone or email or anything electronic. So for them to get this kind of
intelligence was pretty significant.>>NARRATOR: Exactly what the
C.I.A. found is classified, but to Brennan it was
a game-changer.>>It was something that was,
I think, worrying to all of us, particularly since we didn’t
know the extent of what it is that the Russians
were engaged in. And we didn’t know how far they
would go to really threaten the integrity of the election.>>NARRATOR: The information was
dispatched from C.I.A. headquarters to the
offices of the director of national intelligence,
James Clapper.>>I reacted viscerally when
I understood the magnitude of what they were doing, and
that it was in fact orchestrated at the highest levels of the
Russian government, meaning Putin himself. I’ve seen a lot of bad stuff in
my 50-plus years in intelligence. That really shook me.>>NARRATOR: With Clapper on
board, Brennan delivered the details
to the president in person.>>Obama’s senior-most officials
have told us that he was taken aback by this, that the president was alarmed,
as well.>>NARRATOR: At the White House,
some wanted the president to sound the alarm
to the American people.>>There’s a big debate inside
the Obama administration. What kind of actions should they
take? How public should they be about
raising the alarm?>>NARRATOR: Veteran Putin
watchers worried that if the president didn’t
respond forcefully, the attacks would continue.>>As we are watching what’s
happening, those of us who’ve seen this
movie before, whether it was in Estonia
or Ukraine, it seems absolutely familiar.>>Everybody that I knew who
read into this and who was at high levels of
the State Department, supported both attributing it
to the Russians as early as possible and
responding in a robust way.>>Obama could have destroyed
computer servers that were involved in this. He could have stepped in to
reveal information about Putin himself and his financial
connections to the oligarchs. He had all kinds of cyber
choices. And then he had all kinds of
non-cyber tools: sanctions, things like that.>>NARRATOR: But Obama resisted
aggressive responses.>>I think the feeling was, how
are you going to talk about this without seeming to be
influencing the election and taking a side? I just think they preferred to
stay out of it.>>Overriding all of this was
President Obama’s concern about not doing anything that
was going to become a self-fulfilling prophecy
for the Russians, which was to call into question
the integrity of the election.>>Very clever on Putin’s part,
as well, because President Obama
conceivably could have been accused of doing the very thing
that Putin himself was doing, and therefore contributing
to the discrediting of the election.>>The other thing is that the
Obama administration expected Clinton to win. And they were afraid that if
they weighed in now, it would look like they’re
really putting their thumbs on the scale. This is a kind of a classic case
of the Obama administration overthinking something while
the Russians were just kind of punching them in the gut.>>NARRATOR:
Before he would act, the president wanted
congressional Republicans to join him in calling out Putin
and Russian interference.>>The Obama administration is
so concerned about being accused of politicizing intelligence
during the election, they’re really reluctant for the
president himself to go out on a limb and say,
“Look, Russia is doing this. Russia’s messing around
in our election.” They really wanted this to be
a bipartisan statement of condemnation of Moscow’s
interference.>>NARRATOR: Top intelligence
officials traveled to Capitol Hill to tell
congressional leaders what they knew.>>They were all there:
the Speaker, Leader Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader Reid,
the foreign affairs committees, the intel committees. They were all there. And we briefed them
on what we knew.>>NARRATOR: Senate Republican
leader Mitch McConnell expressed skepticism
about the intelligence, and warned that he would not
join an effort to publicly challenge Putin.>>They’re told by Mitch
McConnell, the majority leader
of the Senate, that, “If you do that, we are
going to interpret that as you putting the thumb on the
scales for Hillary Clinton.”>>NARRATOR: The meetings were
top secret, held behind closed doors.>>In those briefings of
Congress, some of the individuals
expressed concern that this was motivated by
partisan interests on the part of the
administration. And I took offense to that, and told them that this is an
intelligence assessment. This is an intelligence matter.>>It’s a moment when politics
and partisan positioning appears to take precedence
over national security. In other words, they are so
worried about each other, the Democrats and Republicans,
as adversaries, that they can’t get around
the idea that there is a bigger

Comments (63)

  1. His name was Seth rich.

  2. IMPEACH TRUMP THE TRAITOR! The United States cannot have a KGB funded, promoted, and compromised president!

  3. Yeah…Keep Crying you lying fools.

  4. Man so much fake news. It's all fake.

  5. Obama was great and Trump is a joke, but Obama really should have done something. Something major.

  6. CIA links Russia to President Trump?The CIA is linked to trafficking drugs into the U.S. The CIA is linked to inciting riots at home and in other countries.The CIA is linked to assassinations.The CIA is linked to ISIS. Frontline has become another propaganda format for the liberal elite.

  7. Good work #Frontline

  8. The CIA and NSA tell us something, and PBS wants us to believe it. As it turns out, they blew themselves away a long time ago: JFK assassination, Iraq WMDs, Syria sarin gas, mass surveillance… all with sworn statements to Congress and only perjury… and now Putin. Classified in intelligence jargon means BS BS BS. I have faith that they are about to learn who's sovereign in the US, and it's going to hurt them.

  9. Russian trollls are inbound. I'd like for Trump supporters to explain to me why 3 of Trumps associates have been arrested?

  10. The Podesta Group, has become subject of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Russia purchased Facebook ads promoting BLM and Bernie Sanders. FRONTLINE used to be good. Now it's just a heap of shit like the rest. It's been 2 years and they've found zero evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

  11. Putin can eat Donald Trump like a sandwich without Russian dressing.

  12. WikiLeaks released the stolen files from the DNC. these files were taken by a disgruntled DNC employee Seth Rich who was murdered, shot in the back. Julian Assange offered a reward for information on his murder. Russians or DNC employee, i dont care. the TRUTH was exposed. more political crimes are forthcoming.

  13. Muh Russia Muh Putin

  14. We need to impeach the crazy fat man.

  15. Pretty shameful propaganda… American's actually believe this?

  16. find putins response and perspective here and also find out whether this propaganda here has been bullshitting you once again. ->

  17. See how they open this Documentary, which the title claims is about Putin, with an Image of Donald Trump….. This propaganda crap has nothing to do with Putin. This is nothing but an attempt to further smear President Donald Trump. Absolutely fabricated F**king bullshit. Seems odd that the makers of Anti American crap didn't hear James Comey confess under oath that there WAS NO RUSSIAN COLLUSION. Three times he confessed it. Along with that he also said Trump WAS NOT under investigation. Now I wonder why they were not investigating Trump. Why ? They did need to because they were the ones who instigated all this FAKE Russia BULL CRAP from the git go. Absolutely disgusting. Here we are today hearing that the Democrats (Hillary and Bill Clinton) were selling uranium to Russia and this propaganda bull shit is still on the air completely ignoring the real facts.

  18. Good to see the most all of the comments here are about how this crap documentary is PROPAGANDA. Good job people ! Glad you're all awake. FIGHT THE SYSTEM.

  19. You want REAL RUSSIAN COLLUSION? Look up RUSSIAGATE by End Times. Mccain, Soros and Rothschild are the traitors.

  20. I used to love watching Frontline. It's abundantly clear that they are in the tank of big global media!

  21. Russia is a potential ally of US in fight aginst Muslm terrorism. Putin is a PhD in economics and had lived in Dresden. Baby Bush also liked Putin in his eyes he saw a friend ;-)!

    In the meantime the REAL Russian collusion story is coming out…the sale of the US uranium reserves to Russian olygarhs who are building nukes for Iran, enabled by the nuke "deal" with Obama/Kerry…Clintons and Podesta were greased with millions of dollars and Mueller facilitated this "deal".

    Can your say TREASON?!

  22. Mi spoke about russian involvement for long before 2016 election. But because my Dark Skin & racism & colorism enabled by white supremacy. Im not given my just credit & compensation. Since russia & america exactly alike with regards to colorism & white supremacy. I shall destroy both your houses. From now on neither country will breathe with ease. There will always be bomb debris in the air. Im feeling patriotic bombs in the air/ frfr no bomb scare.

  23. Just here Tagging the ZERO CHANNEL CONTENT COMRADES.
    They have become all to obvious…

  24. Seriously, are they STILL trying to convince the American people that Russia tried to influence us any differently than political campaigns or media has not…get real.

  25. Just sad, nothing but futile propaganda.

  26. Clapper, seriously? The man who lied to the congress about the NSA programs. Classified evidence?
    After Tonkin incident and Iraqs weapons of mass destruction, now they don't even try to make something up.
    Now we are expected to believe those agencies, just because they say so? Do they really believe that the public is so stupid?

  27. Where is the evidence??

  28. All accusations but no proof.

  29. For the hysterical saber-rattling on the US side Putin not only didn't seek revenge but in more than one occasions extended an olive branch. That's what I don't like about Putin, he is way too soft and willing to forgive transgressions for the sake of peace when the enemy (America) has done nothing to deserve it. America deserves someone like Kadyrov as enemy, who is rounding up gays and locks them up in concentration camps. You pukes will then BEG for Putin to be back.

  30. A dictator oppresses his people, and these radical Alt-Reichs eat it up like it's candy. How does it feel to be a follower of Putin's online bots? Treasonous to the core.

  31. The russian bots are out in force in the comment section!

  32. Thank you Frontline

  33. frontline = propaganda

  34. What a joke! Brennan and Clapper invented the whole Russian collusion narrative out of whole cloth to distract from Hillary's failure. These are the same liars that invented the Bengazi video charade. Total liars.

  35. Show evidence. World is tired of propaganda of US. CIA is discredited after so many lie got exposed. Opinion is not an evidence. What you are showing is opinion of a discredited organisation named CIA.

  36. Obama's foreign policy sucked quite a bit. Putin, Syria…

  37. His name was SETH RICH !!

  38. What a complete pile garbage that was.
    After watching the entire thing, I don't think there was an ounce of truth anywhere in this Mocumentary. It takes Fakes Newz to a whole new level, it's so fake the people making it are starting to believe their own BS.

  39. Wow frontline is bullshit on news. Imma go back to RT news.

  40. Obama said, russia is regional power: now different?

  41. well regardless of what the truth is, what thing is for sure, i'm sure putin is enjoying watching the american government tear itself aprat

  42. Excellent acting, well scripted. Bullshit, however.

    Putin kisses a child… after being attracted to him in the square. He gets down on his knee & asks the boy for a date. Then he pushes some pills into the boys hand & says: Save these for later. A relative rushes in to save the child while Putin cops a feel.
    The boy grits his teeth as Putin holds him in place & rolls up his shirt as much as possible as public shaming really gets him hot.
    Then Putin bends the boy into an arch with his navel sticking out which Putin puts his tongue into & wiggles it about & then releases the boy but again cops a feel with his hand underneath the boys shirt as he helps to pull it down & then as he leaves rubs his semen encrusted fingers in the boy's hair.

  44. 'Exactly what was found is classified…'. You could stop your 'investigation' here. And since you are so obsessed with Russia it is past time to merge CIA and FBI and name it KGB. You can rename DNC a Politburo.

  45. We know Russia was involved and that they were attempting to sew discord and pit American against American and it turns that they were incredibly successful. Of course they are still working to flame the flames of discord and will work to destabilising the US until the drumpf crime family and their minions out of politics and into jail. Will the GOP ever work for the people of the US or continue to give drumpf cover for his Russian bosses.

  46. Putin 👈👉Hitler, Trump 👈👉Hitler …..

  47. Bipartisan is DIVISION masquerading as Choice.

  48. Hello Fake Republican  Commie Trump-bots ,DID YOU NOT HEAR TRUMP ON NATIONAL TV  PUBLICALLY BEG HIS  FOREIGN FRIEND  RUSSIA  [WHO HAVE FUNDED TRUMP FOR YEARS]  TO HACK  INTO US CITIZEN  E MAIL ..Do you think they stopped with Clinton ? If you do  no hope for you

  49. If you say frontline fast it sounds like fortnite

  50. I want to know what it was

  51. Fuck these Russian Pricks and Fuck whoever supports them and Their Lies! Putin's days are numbered! And he's gonna get what's comin' to him.

  52. Clapper, haha haha hah. What a joke, nuf said.

  53. It happened on THEIR WATCH. They did absolutely nothing to protect us because they didn't think Trump would win.

  54. It's like in a total war game when you send agents to create discontent in another faction country.

  55. So basically the democratic leadership tied themselves in knots and feigned dependence on the Republicans, no wonder they lost the election…such a useless President Obama was that out of fear for what could happen, he froze and then they turned for support to people who they could turn around and blame for their failures to protect the election, all of this looks like one big farce cooked up to make their pitiful loss something they could blame on anything but themselves, the Democrats.

  56. For some reason the brain dead Democrats believe computer code put Trump into the white house, what a rabbit hole of an argument that leads only to wonderland…

  57. And now that the 2018 midterms draw near, the Russians are at it again. This time they are far more bold as they know the current WH will not only do nothing, they will help make it easier by boldly supporting Russian propaganda. Trump is already 100% in.

  58. What's the big fuss about ? America has interfered with the politics of most countries in the world, now they're upset about getting some of their 'own' back! they've even murdered the democratically elected President of Chile, simply because he was a socialist who wanted to improve the life of his people, unlike America!

  59. You guys remember when it was China that was supposed to be meddling?

  60. Its not about Russia. Its not about Trump.

    Its about what the anti-White, anti-freedom Swamp has been doing for 40 years. THAT is the issue, and THAT is what you won't admit.

  61. This aspect of 2016 and Russia doesn't get nearly enough attention. If Obama had responded the way some people claim he should have half the country would never believe it. They would think it was all politics dismiss it and then if HRC had one they would have blamed it on Obama's involvement. And Trump may just be crazy enough to let the country go up in flames instead of accepting defeat.

  62. Mitch is a fucking pawn, the fact that even the people of Kentucky can vote for him is a joke. This guy is the most partisan weak turtle looking asshole in the country. Doesn't want to challenge Putin or the richest of Americans so the people in 2020 need to vote this spineless asshole and that colluding son of a bitch Trump out of office.

  63. Moscow Mitch living up to his nickname. Funny how he laughs off Cocaine Mitch and The Grim Reaper but take umbrage with him newest nom de guerre. I guess the truth hurts.

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