Intelligence bodies substantiate Putin’s complicity in US election hacking

The report released on 6 January 2017 by three main intelligence bodies bear out the recent unclassified claims say Russian president, Vladimir Putin ordered campaign aimed at influencing the last year’s election which republican candidate Donald Trump astonishingly won.

The report includes an analytic assessment drafted and coordinated among The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and The National Security Agency (NSA) stated that Putin sought to help Donald Trump win the presidential election.

It’s an explosive report claiming the Russian government launched a massive, multi-faceted operation to sway the outcome of the US presidential election.

“We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.” The report says.

After being briefed on the findings, Mr Trump stopped short of accusing Russia of interfering, saying only that the election outcome was not affected.

Mr Trump later went on to blame “gross negligence” by the Democratic National Committee for allowing” the hacking to take place.

The unclassified version contained no detailed evidence of Mr Putin’s alleged role, but it said Russia’s actions included hacking into the email accounts of the Democratic National Committee and top Democrats; Using intermediaries such as WikiLeaks, DCLeaks.com and Guccifer 2.0 persona to release the information acquired from the hackings and using state-funded propaganda and paying social media users or trolls to make nasty comments.

Moscow has not commented, but Russia has previously denied the claims.

Last week President Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the US over the alleged hacking. Russia has said it will not reciprocate.

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