Did Putin deliberately try to tip the election towards Trump? Has the CIA become a political pawn of the Obama Administration?
The answers could be yes, and yes. Or - brace yourself for a Brave Insight - it may be more complicated.
Just for example, the end source for most of the leaks was Wikileaks, run by Julian Assange. Mr. Assange was certainly perceived as a foe of Hillary Clinton. That was based merely on his history and interviews, so maybe his denial of personal animus merits a grain of salt.
Assange also denied having any Trump documents. Plausible? Well, Assange was looking for news. The 'revelation' that the DNC was pushing Hillary and quashing Bernie certainly roiled that party, and even the NY Times pretended (during the Bernie Spring) that they wanted a look at her Goldman Sachs speeches. Would a similar revelation that the RNC was working hard for "Anybody But Trump" surprise or upset anyone? Sure, the post-primary Republican fellowship and good feeling would look even phonier, but so what?
So maybe the Russians gave a trove of RNC and DNC documents to a middleman with his own agenda and news judgment and Assange never thought the RNC stuff met his standards or agenda.
Or maybe Putin really did favor Trump. Set aside their apparent bromance - a major concern about a Trump Presidency is that he would disrupt the current world order with his unique conception of "diplomacy". Chaos and opportunity are related, as Putin well knows. Putin would like to re-shuffle a deck he believes is stacked in favor of the US; Trump seems to prefer 52 Pick Up. Either way, Putin might figure this will give him lots of room to maneuver.
As to why the FBI and the ODNI can't get on board with the CIA assessment, well, let me ask this - if the CIA is a Democratic stronghold, how are they still holding the fort with Obama a lame duck and Hillary not riding to the rescue? But let me close with a longshot "Obama is an Underated Genius" suggestion: by getting Trump on record as doubting the CIA now, Trump will be undermined when the CIA eventually concludes that Iran is cheating left, right and center on Obama's Iran deal. Yeah! That's it!
Of course, that imputes foresight to Obama and consistency to Trump, so really, this speculation is a three legged stool missing at least two legs. Hmm, call it a stool sample...