Intelligence agencies have found individuals with connections to the Kremlin, have supplied WikiLeaks a multitude of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s campaign chairman to improve a chance of Republican president-elect Donald Trump‘s win, the CIA has informed the US Senate in a “closed door briefing”. All 17 intelligence agencies took part in the briefing.
The Washington Post and The Guardian reported that a senior US official has concluded; “It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favour one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected, that’s the consensus view”. The briefing had found that the interference was “quite clear” in it’s intent to assist in a Donald Trump win, rather than to solely undermine the electoral process.
President Barack Obama ordered a full review of Russian hacking during the election campaign on December 9th. Mr Obama has requested that the review is complete before the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump on January 20, 2017. The review is being conducted by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.
Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has stated that the Russian government was not a source.
The CIA briefing and intelligence failed to show a direct connection to Kremlin officials and the identified individuals, stating that the actors were “one-step” removed from the Kremlin. The article suggests that the Russian government is in the habit of using middlemen in intelligence operations in order to shroud their activity.
President Obama has proceeded with caution on how to approach a Kremlin lead cyber-intrusions. The White House has called for a “show of solidarity and bi-partisan unity” with FBI director James B Comey, Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson moving towards securing voter registration and balloting machines from Russian cyber tampering. US spy agencies found evidence in two states of hacking and cyber-intrusion of Democratic organisations and individuals, citing “the threat posed by unprecedented meddling by a foreign power in our election process.”
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is quoted to have stated in response to the matter; “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.’”