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Sharyl Attkisson: Intel Agencies Probing Russian Hacking Have 'Baggage Themselves'

Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 03:46 PM

U.S. intelligence agencies probing Russia's alleged interference with the 2016 presidential election can't necessarily always be trusted themselves, Emmy-award winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson tells Newsmax TV.

"I'm not dismissing that it would be a serious thing if they tried to interfere in our elections by hacking the Democratic National Committee or whatever they might be doing. But there are a lot of questions. I think our intelligence agencies come with some baggage themselves," Attkisson said Thursday to Steve Malzberg on "America Talks Live."

"I think it was Rep. Joe Donnelly who said it was astounding that anybody would question the credibility of our intel agencies, but that defies the factual record.

"We don't want to question them and we appreciate our many honest, hardworking intelligence professionals, but there are too many concrete examples of false information being promulgated by them."

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Her comments came as intelligence officials testified about what they say was definite Russian interference at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

"Their lead witness today [was] James Clapper who as you remember in 2013 gave false testimony under oath to Congress about the existence of the NSA program collecting data on Americans. So I don't think we're being unreasonable to be skeptical when any government makes claims and tells us things," she said.

"We do want to see the evidence and we don't want to jump to conclusions and we're in a highly politicized environment where all this is happening in the final weeks of the Obama administration only after Donald Trump was elected.

"It's been placed on the front-page and on the headlines I think in a quite orchestrated campaign and we certainly do need to ask why and be sure that we were given the full information."

Attkisson, host of Sinclair Broadcasting's "Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson," is the author of "The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote," to be published in May by Harper.

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