November 17, 2016
The National Security Administration isn't big on public statements, so this one by Admiral Michael Rogers, the NSA's current chief, is raising some eyebrows.
According to a story in https://theweek.com/speedreads/662246/nsa-chief-openly-accuses-nation-state-using-wikileaks-tip-presidential-election">The Week, Adm. Rogers answered a question of about Wikileak's release of e-mails from the Hillary Clinton campaign saying:
"There shouldn't be any doubts in anybody's mind: This was not something that was done casually, this was not something that was done by chance, this was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily," Rogers said. "This was a conscious effort by a nation state to attempt to achieve a specific effect."
The story goes on to suggest that the "nation state" in question is likely Russia, and the statement is being taken by some as a bold move given that Rogers is current the active head of the NSA.
Since https://mic.com/articles/159667/nsa-chief-mike-rogers-suggests-russia-tried-to-get-donald-trump-elected">Trump's election and a call with Russia's Vladimir Putin, Russia has stepped up bombing in Syria (they are, nominally, on a different side in that conflict than the one the U.S. is backing, at least under the current administration).