That question prompts a question of its own: "What plausible reason could the NYTimes have for trying so hard to discredit the presidency of Donald Trump on the basis of wild unsupported allegations?"
The fake news is proliferating. Today (January 6) Reuters reported: "The CIA has identified Russian officials who fed material hacked from the Democratic National Committee and party leaders to WikiLeaks at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin through third parties, according to a new US intelligence report, (unnamed) senior US officials said on Thursday."
Perhaps what Reuters meant to say but did not is this: "Officials who spoke on condition of anonymity claimed that the CIA has identified the Russian officials who fed the hacked emails to WikiLeaks, but the official did not tell Reuters who the Russian officials are or how they identified them."
In other words, the Reuters story is just another CIA planted story -- a favor from a media asset. As Udo Ulfkotte told us, this is how it works.
Next Reuters tells us that the report is Top Secret, which, of course, means that we will never see any evidence in behalf of the CIA's allegation. We are supposed to trust that the CIA has the information but can't tell us. The Reuters report doesn't see anything unusual in this. Another favor by an asset.
In Reuters' favor-laden news report, Reuters tells us that the hacked material reached WikiLeaks from Russia's military intelligence agency via "a circuitous route" so that Assange did not know the origin of the material and thus could say that it was not given to him by a state agency.
What could be going on here? Several things come to mind. Perhaps there is an effort to force Assange to reveal his source (which could be that DNC staffer who was mysteriously shot down in the street) as this would be a surefire way of getting rid of WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks has never revealed a source. Once it does, no further leaks will flow to WikiLeaks.
Another possibility is that by persistently making wild unsupported accusations that Trump was elected by Putin, the CIA is making it clear to Trump that they are playing for keeps. Trump is a strong man, but don't be surprised if he comes out of the briefing with the CIA accepting their story as he might be brought to the realization that the alternative to compliance with the CIA could be death.