U.S. intelligence issued a report on Russia’s intervention in presidential election in the United States.
“We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election,” the document says.
According to the report, Russia’s goal was to undermine “people’s trust in the democratic process in the United States”, and harm the reputation of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her “potential presidency.” U.S. intelligence has accused the Russian government and Vladimir Putin that they “give a clear preference” to the U.S. president-elect Donald Trump.
The report says that Russia acted not only with the help of hacker attacks but also through the propaganda in the “state-funded media” and the work of “paid” bloggers and “trolls”.
Intelligence claims that Russia turned to the assistance of certain Guccifer 2.0, and published the stolen data through portals DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks. Guccifer 2.0, who calls himself an independent Romanian hacker, “made many contradictory statements about his belonging to Russians”, the report said.
U.S. intelligence agencies believe that Moscow would “use skills” received in the campaign during the U.S. presidential elections to continue influencing political process in other countries.
It was noted that the published version is an unclassified portion of the original report, so it does not contain all the supporting information.
The secret part of the report was presented on January 5 to the current U.S. President Barack Obama, and to the future head of state Donald Trump the day after. After the briefing, Trump said that the hackers did not affect the outcome of elections in the United States. He called the hype surrounding Russian hackers “political witch hunt.”