Russia actively intervened in the 2016 presidential elections to help Donald Trump win the race, not just to sow discord and undermine confidence in US democracy and its unique electoral system, according to US officials citing a secret CIA assessment. The development came hours after President Barack Obama ordered a review of all cyber-attacks that took place during the 2016 election cycle, amid concerns over Russian interference.
“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” a senior US official who was briefed last week on an intelligence presentation made to US senators told the Washington Post. “That’s the consensus view.”
The US officials who spoke to the Washington Post said that US intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who delivered thousands of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, the Democratic National Convention and others, to Wikileaks.
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Intelligence agencies do not have specific intelligence showing officials in the Kremlin ‘directing’ the identified individuals to pass the Democratic emails to WikiLeaks,” the Washington Post reported.