Hillary Clinton proffered the idea that 17 intelligence agencies all agreed that Russia had meddled in the 2016 election to ensure she wasn’t elected, but it’s not true.
Clinton’s claim references the 2017 National Intelligence report that claimed with “high confidence” that Russia had meddled in the election. There’s only one problem: The report was compiled by three agencies, not 17. Only the CIA, FBI, and NSA worked to compile the report. The Daily Caller News Foundation fact checked this claim nine months ago, but the mainstream media has continued pushing it.
Most recently, CNN’s Jim Sciutto made the claim in mid February. The likely reason they’re so interested in pushing the claim is because 17 intelligence agencies sounds much more impressive and daunting than three or four. There’s no evidence indicating that Russia’s efforts had any effect on the outcome of the election.
In fact, Russia’s stated goal in meddling was not to impact the outcome, but to weaken the American public’s trust in the government, a goal the mainstream media seems to share.
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