this NYT article correct
. Like many of the genre, I'm finding it a bit oversold to compared to how people were talking about it on twitter.
There was also an effort to pass reports and other sensitive materials to Congress. In one instance, the State Department sent a cache of documents marked “secret” to Senator Benjamin Cardin of Maryland days before the Jan. 20 inauguration. The documents, detailing Russian efforts to intervene in elections worldwide, were sent in response to a request from Mr. Cardin, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, and were shared with Republicans on the panel.
this is completely unremarkable. first up, 'secret' isn't that big a deal, and the way 'secret' is stored electronically, it's really hard to purge. So I'm extremely doubtful this was an effort to get stuff to a 'safe' location, it's almost certainly a routine request for information (spurred on, to be sure, by all the allegations about the Russians during the election season itself). And note this is 'elections worldwide' which, hey, no shit, Russian interfere with elections worldwide. (the useful and sensitive data is what the Russians are doing to *United States* elections.
Former senior Obama administration officials said that none of the efforts were directed by Mr. Obama.
While nothing in the article can be construed as anything other than 'people doing their jobs until the clock expired, but with vigor, instead of senior slumping', there's still something disquieting about the intel community operating independent of the elected leadership.
when you wake up as the queen of the n=1 kingdom and mount your steed non sequiturius, do you look out upon all you survey and think “damn, it feels good to be a green idea sleeping furiously?" - dhex