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FLASHBACK: The NYT Dossier Report Contains A Key Note About Putin’s Meddling Aims

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Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter
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  • A recent New York Times report undercuts the idea that Putin’s primary meddling goal was to help President Donald Trump.
  • The report on the origins of the Steele dossier notes that it may have been a result of a Russian disinformation campaign.
  • The Times notes: ‘Russian spymasters hedged their bets and placed a few land mines under Mr. Trump’s presidency as well.’

An aside in a New York Times report on the Steele dossier undercuts a long-running assertion in the press that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s interference in the 2016 presidential election was aimed primarily at getting President Donald Trump elected.

The intelligence community’s 2017 assessment of Russia’s meddling goals made it clear that Putin decided to back Trump late in the game, but the press continued to push the narrative that he was a Trump supporter from day one. That frame of the intel report nicely complimented the Trump-Russia collusion speculation that was then in its beginning stages.