Declassified Report States, Putin Directly Ordered To Influence US Election

Declassified Report States, Putin Directly Ordered To Influence US Election
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The US intelligence agencies concluded in a declassified report released Friday that Russia carried out a comprehensive cyber campaign to influence the US presidential election, an operation that was ordered by Russian President Vladi­mir Putin to help Donald Trump.

“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 said.

The campaign consisted of hacking Democratic groups and individuals, including Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and releasing that information via third-party websites, including WikiLeaks.

The campaign has initially sought to undermine public faith in the US democratic process and damage Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s expected presidency. But in time, Russia “developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump” and repeatedly sought to artificially boost his election chances.

Despite this effort, Russia appears to have concluded that a Clinton victory was inevitable right up until election night. As a result, Moscow focused on finding ways to undercut Clinton’s legitimacy if she won.

This is the first official report with full public accounting by the US intelligence community which has given an assessment of Russian cyber hacking activities during the 2016 campaign and the motivations behind that hacking.

  • Agencies

 

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