[Ed. – Look, Russia may very well be cyber-attacking the U.S. election. But we can’t trust the Obama White House to have honest motives in making this accusation. The most likely motive is to scare the American people and foster chaos and doubt.]
Reaaaaally hard not to see the timing here as political. Remember, U.S. spy agencies reportedly had “high confidence” as far back as late July that Russia was behind the DNC/Guccifer/Wikileaks hacks, although they were less sure at the time that the point of the hacks was to influence the election. The feds have held off on formally accusing Russia of anything, though, likely for diplomatic reasons.
Now, in mid-October and two days before a presidential debate, they’re confirming it. Go figure.
The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. … We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities. …
Ten days ago, BuzzFeed reported that the White House had asked the ranking Democrats on the Senate and House Intelligence Committees not to issue their own statement formally accusing Russia of meddling in the U.S. election.