A US Intelligence report says Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to help Donald Trump win the Presidential Election. The unclassified report says the Russian leader ordered a campaign aimed at influencing the election. Moscow has not commented, but Russia has previously denied the claims.
After being briefed on the findings, Donald Trump stopped short of accusing Russia of interfering, saying only that the election outcome was not affected. The 25-page report says that the kremlin developed a clear preference for Trump. Russia’s goals, the document added, were to “Undermine Public Faith” in the US Democratic process and “Denigrate” Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton, harming her Electability and potential Presidency.
The unclassified version contained no detailed evidence of 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, DC leaks.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.
Other reports citing Intelligence sources say the identities of the Russian agents allegedly directly responsible for the hack are known to us authorities but have not been released publicly. The document, a cut-down version of the classified report presented to President Barack Obama on Thursday, was released shortly after intelligence chief’s briefed Trump on their findings.