10:20 Dec. 10, 2016
Trump's transition team dismisses the claims
Russia interfered with the 2016 election in the United States to help Trump become President, the Washington Post says a secret CIA assessment has concluded without providing any official statement on the findings.
Individuals, identified by the U.S. intelligence, were connected to Russia and provided WikiLeaks with hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
‘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. That's the consensus view', a senior U.S. official said during a closed-door intel presentation, made to the country's Senators.
A U.S. representative said there were some unanswered questions in the CIA assessment, causing ‘minor disagreements' between intel officials. The agency failed to link the exposed individuals directly to the Kremlin, as they weren't outright the Russian government employees, and Moscow could have used ‘middlemen'.
Trump's team, in turn, has expectedly dismissed the CIA reported findings, as it has previously done when rumors about the Republican nominee's close ties with the Kremlin emerged.
‘These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction', the team said, causing confusion among the readers. ‘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'.
On Friday, President Obama ordered a ‘full review' of the election cyberattacks in an attempt to shed light if Moscow intervened to boost Trump's chances to become President.
Obama expects to see the report before he leaves the White House on January 20.