U.S. intelligence officials have revealed that they believe Vladimir Putin wasn’t just aware of Russia’s interference in the U.S. election, but that he himself “personally directed” the DNC hacks and slow release of information that helped Donald Trump secure the presidency.
NBC News reported on Wednesday that top intelligence officials with knowledge of the investigation say the Russian president was heading up the election meddling efforts himself.
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.
Putin’s objectives were multifaceted, a high-level intelligence source told NBC News. What began as a “vendetta” against Hillary Clinton morphed into an effort to show corruption in American politics and to “split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] couldn’t depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore,” the official said.
Neither the Central Intelligence Agency nor Trump’s team has responded to the report that Putin himself was behind the hacks and leaks that helped put Trump in the in the White House.
The report comes just days after the CIA revealed that their investigation had determined Russia didn’t just interfere with our election to undermine our faith in the election system, they did it with the express purpose of helping Trump defeat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Trump said he thinks it’s “ridiculous” that Russia meddled in our election to help him win and insisted this is just another “excuse” from Democrats to explain his “massive” win. But liberals aren’t the only ones calling for an investigation, Republicans have been demanding answers as well.
CBS News later corroborated NBC’s bombshell report that the interference in our presidential election went all the way to the very top of Russia’s government. You can see their coverage in the video below.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 15, 2016
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