Intelligence report on 2016 US presidential election ‘conspiracy’ released

Intelligence report on 2016 US presidential election ‘conspiracy’ released

By Keshala Dias

07 Jan, 2017 | 10:19 am

A US intelligence report released on Friday, January 06 says that the Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to help Donald Trump win the presidential election.

The declassified report claimed that the Russian leader ordered an ‘influence campaign’ aimed at hurting Hillary Clinton and helping Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

The campaign, which consisted of hacking Democratic groups and individuals, including Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and releasing that information via third-party websites, including WikiLeaks — amounted to what the intelligence report called “a significant escalation” in longtime Russian efforts to undermine “the US-led liberal democratic order”.

“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.

This report was the first official, full and public accounting by the US intelligence community of its assessment of Russian cyber-hacking activities during the 2016 campaign and the motivations behind that hacking.

Courtesy – CNN