UNITED STATES — The White House on Friday released the intelligence report ordered by President Obama about the Russian hacking operation that impacted the 2016 Presidential election, and the results are the same as had been reported.
“Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election represent the most recent expression of Moscow’s longstanding desire to undermine the US-led liberal democratic order, but these activities demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort compared to previous operations,” Read a portion of the report.
“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. We have high confidence in these judgments.
The report goes on to say, “We also assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him. All three agencies agree with this judgment. CIA and FBI have high confidence in this judgment; NSA has moderate confidence.”
The report comes after numerous allegations from the USA that culminated last week with the expelling of 35 Russian diplomats from the United States.
President-Elect Trump has repeatedly expressed doubts that Russia was behind the hacks. He was briefed on the report today prior to its official release. President Obama was briefed yesterday on the report.
You can read the full report here.