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Well, this comes as no real surprise, but it certainly makes a shitty thing somehow worse: U.S intelligence officials report that they can say with a “a high level of confidence” that Donald Trump’s best friend Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in the hacks that influenced the results of the U.S. election.

NBC News reports that new intelligence shows that Putin became personally involved, directing how the information was leaked and used in order to effectively sway the election from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. His involvement initially began as the result of a personal “vendetta” against Clinton and quickly devolved into a plot to reveal “corruption in American politics” and to essentially strip the U.S. of its credibility as a global leader.

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Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, said of the latest intelligence:

“It is most certainly consistent with the Putin that I have watched and used to work with when I was an ambassador and in the government. He has had a vendetta against Hillary Clinton, that has been known for a long time because of what she said about his elections back in the parliamentary elections of 2011. He wants to discredit American democracy and make us weaker in terms of leading the liberal democratic order. And most certainly he likes President-elect Trump’s views on Russia.”

The goal of this deranged Rocky and Bullwinkle plot was to elect Donald Trump. If your mind stretches back as far as July, you’ll certainly recall that our President-elect took the pulpit in a fucking insane press conference and literally asked Russia to hack Hillary Clinton. He invited them to do so. His best friend Putin, however, was apparently one step ahead of the game.

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