Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in US election hacking, reports say

Written by | December 15, 2016 | 0

Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in the Russian interference in the 2016 United States election, US intelligence officials have said, according to NBC News reports on Wednesday.

The report has come out within days after The Washington Post reported that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) concluded in a secret assessment that Russia was intervening in the US elections and was attempting to assist Republican candidate Donald Trump win the presidency.

The Russian efforts reportedly included hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairperson John Podesta, the emails were later provided to WikiLeaks which made the emails public.

The report states that the intelligence agencies have identified individuals associated with the Russian government who gave thousands of hacked emails from the DNC to WikiLeaks, including the ones from the Clinton campaign’s chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The email leak led to her resignation from the campaign. US officials said that these individuals were part of a wider Russian operation to increase Trump’s chances of winning the elections and hurt Clinton’s campaign.

The NBC report stated that the intelligence officials believe that the interference in the elections came from the very top of the Russian government.

“Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used. The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies, the officials said,” according to NBC reports

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