US spy agencies confirmed that high-ranking Russian officials celebrated Trump’s victory. Although there are no groundbreaking details, the new report does shed light on some matters. US intelligence agencies intercepted communications from Russia during the aftermath of the elections.
In here, the jubilation of Russian officials was obvious. Some of these said officials are allegedly complicit in the cyber campaign to interfere with the elections. The report also detailed “actors” or those involved with delivering Democratic emails to WikiLeaks. Also included are differences in the efforts of Russian spy agencies to penetrate and exploit information on both Democratic and Republican servers.
to make up their own minds as to the truth. The media lies to make it look like I am against "Intelligence" when in fact I am a big fan!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017
This report, which is supposedly 50 pages long, will reach Obama’s office by Thursday. On Friday, president-elect Donald Trump will receive a briefing about it. Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. and CIA Director John Brennan will brief the incumbent and incoming US leaders. A condensed version will be available to the public soon.
Donald Trump Vs US Spy Agencies
The real role of Russia, if any, in the US presidential elections has polarized Republicans. It has, in fact, put to question the smooth transition between the Obama and Trump administrations. Also, the less-than-friendly relationship of Trump and US spy agencies is now in focus, the Washington Post noted. “There’s a difference between skepticism and disparagement,” Clapper said of Trump. In another tweet, Trump also alleged that Clapper and Brennan delayed his briefing regarding the intercepted Russian celebrations on purpose.
The "Intelligence" briefing on so-called "Russian hacking" was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
The intercepted messages supposedly add substance to the CIA and other agencies’ suspicions of Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to the report, not only did Putin want to undermine the election process, he also wanted a US president who is more in line with Russian goals. Additionally, Russian officials were also not sure about how effective their efforts were. In fact, they were just as surprised as the rest of the world when Donald Trump became the president-elect.
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