It's déjà vu: Why many equate ‘embarrassing’ ODNI report to Iraq ‘WMD fiasco’
A report from US intelligence agencies claiming Russia hacked a DNC member’s email account has been compared to allegations that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), which eventually lead to the Iraq invasion in 2003, RT.com reports.
A number of journalists and military experts have drawn the comparison in recent days, including respected writer Glenn Greenwald who slammed a report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). It claimed Russia was responsible for the hack, with the intention of influencing the result of the recent US presidential election.
Members of the intelligence community itself have also been highly critical of the report. Speaking to RT, former MI5 Intelligence Officer Annie Machon warned the ODNI’s report carried a great deal of danger, comparing it to the “flawed intelligence case” that led to the UK involvement in the Iraq war.