Russia's objectives were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate former secretary of state Clinton,
make it harder for her to win and harm her presidency if she did, an unclassified report released by the top U.S. intelligence
"We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election," the
report said. "We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have
high confidence in these judgments."
The agencies believe Russian military intelligence used intermediaries such as WikiLeaks, DCLeaks.com and the Guccifer 2.0
personal to release emails that it had acquired from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and top Democrats as part of the
effort. It said the operation went for "targets associated with both major US political parties."
The report assessed with "high confidence" that the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency, had used those intermediaries to
release "US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said he did not receive emails stolen from the DNC and top Hillary Clinton aide John Podesta
from "a state party." Assange did not rule out the possibility that he got the material from a third party.
Russian actors were not found to have targeted U.S. systems that are involved in tallying votes, the report said. The report was
produced by the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency.
Russia denies the U.S. government's allegations of hacking during the election campaign.
Trump, who has developed a rocky relationship with U.S. spy agencies, defended the legitimacy of his election victory after he
received a nearly two-hour briefing on their conclusion that Russia had staged cyber attacks during the 2016 campaign.
Clinton won the nationwide popular vote but lost in the Electoral College that formally elects the president.
In a statement after the briefing, Trump did not squarely address whether he was told of the agencies' belief Russia carried out
Instead, he said: "Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber
infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations" including the DNC.
"There was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with
voting machines," Trump said.
The New York businessman, who is to be inaugurated as president on Jan. 20, also said he would appoint a team to give him a plan
within 90 days of taking office on how to prevent cyber attacks but suggested that he would keep their recommendations secret.
"The methods, tools and tactics we use to keep America safe should not be a public discussion that will benefit those who seek to
do us harm," Trump said.
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