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Cummings writes: "A Russian politician ridiculed the American intelligence community during a television appearance Sunday, saying it 'slept through while Russia elected a new U.S. president.'"

Pro-Kremlin lawmaker Vyacheslav Nikonov speaks with journalists before his meeting with U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) fugitive leaker Edward Snowden inside the terminal F of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, on July 12, 2013. (photo: Vasily Maximov/VAFP/AFP/Getty Images)
Pro-Kremlin lawmaker Vyacheslav Nikonov speaks with journalists before his meeting with U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) fugitive leaker Edward Snowden inside the terminal F of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, on July 12, 2013. (photo: Vasily Maximov/VAFP/AFP/Getty Images)


'US Spies Slept' While Russia Elected Trump, Russian Politician Says

By William Cummings, USA Today

13 September 17

 

Russian politician ridiculed the American intelligence community during a television appearance Sunday, saying it "slept through while Russia elected a new U.S. president."

Vyacheslav Nikonov, a member of the Duma — Russia's parliament — made the snide comment during a Sunday appearance on a Russian news program, Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov.

"(To achieve world dominance) the U.S. overextended themselves," Nikonov said, according to a translation from CNN. "Because the most recent tendencies, economical, military, even tendencies in the intelligence (services) which slept through while Russia elected a new U.S. president."

"It's just ridiculous, what kind of intelligence in the USA one can even talk about?" he said. "The U.S. sagged in all these aspects for the past two decades. This superpower is losing its ability to define the world."

Nikonov's comments were first reported by Julia Davis who monitors "Russian propaganda" on her Russia Lies website.

Nikonov served on the staff of Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, Davis said.

"Simply put, Nikonov is an established, reliable state actor, whose messaging is always in strict compliance with that of the Kremlin," Davis said. Davis theorized the comment showed the Kremlin is "reveling" in the failure of American intelligence and as a warning to Trump, who has failed to deliver on improved relations.

CNN reported that Nikonov's tone indicated he made the comment in jest.

University of Virginia professor Allen Lynch told The Hill that Nikonov's comments were not meant as a confession that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, but were intended to mock the U.S.

"His point in making the remark was that if the U.S. can’t protect the integrity of its own electoral system, then how powerful can it really be?" Lynch told The Hill.


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+9 # elizabethblock 2017-09-13 09:25
Did the U.S. ever really have "the ability to define the world," or did it just think it did?
 
 
+2 # Johnny 2017-09-13 10:51
Rational readers of RSN might contribute financially if RSN did not beat the drum so fanatically for war against Russia.
 
 
+7 # sean1303 2017-09-13 17:51
Quoting Johnny:
Rational readers of RSN might contribute financially if RSN did not beat the drum so fanatically for war against Russia.

Pointing out the corruption and totalitarian tendencies of Russia is not calling for war, that is your framework: "with us or being attacked by us". RSN presents articles that point out the violently corrupt regimes of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, North Korea... and many cities and states in this nation. Do you conjecture that we are advocating war on all of them?
 
 
-5 # ericlipps 2017-09-13 17:57
Oh, please. That's both idiotic and slanderous.
 
 
+12 # Citizen Mike 2017-09-13 11:05
It appears that the Russians schemed to undermine US claims to be a "superpower" and "world leader" by engineering the election of a completely irresponsible madman as our president. And it is working, we are now mired in chaos and misrule and have fallen off our pedistal as a significant actor on the world stage. This of course leaves a world leadership gap for the Russians to fill.
 
 
-3 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2017-09-13 12:27
No, Dear Citizen, he is making a joke about us. The Russians did not "hack" any US elections. He's pointing out how laughable it is that this fairy tale would be such a large focus of the world's largest empire. It points out how fragile our national ego is. Snide, but not about anything Russia has done or is doing, except laughing at us.
 
 
+1 # PABLO DIABLO 2017-09-13 13:14
"Citizens United" did far more damage to our elections than Russia could even "hope" too. RUSSIA GATE is a farce to keep us focused on WHO hacked instead of WHAT is in those emails. WAKE UP AMERICA.
 
 
-2 # Cassandra2012 2017-09-13 14:59
There is a use by Putin of 3 Macedonian teenagers as hackers which has not been followed through on! You can pretend this did not happen, but it did, apparently. Each of these boys made roughly $300, 000 to hack the election.
Some want to ignore this , but it did happen.
 
 
-1 # librarian1984 2017-09-14 06:43
This guy could be Russia's version of Ted Cruz, who knows. But even HE is playing chess while we have ample local evidence that many are still looking for the stick.
 

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