NBC News, citing top intelligence officials, says new evidence has been uncovered linking Russian President Vladimir Putin to a campaign to interfere in the US presidential election.
According to NBC News, “Two senior officials with direct access to the information shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used.”
“Ultimately, the CIA has assessed, the Russian government wanted to elect Donald Trump. The FBI and other agencies don’t fully endorse that view, but few officials would dispute that the Russian operation was intended to harm Clinton’s candidacy by leaking embarrassing emails about Democrats,” NBC reports. “The latest intelligence said to show Putin’s involvement goes much further than the information the U.S. was relying on in October, when all 17 intelligence agencies signed onto a statement attributing the Democratic National Committee hack to Russia.”
This information came from diplomatic sources and from spies who are working for US allies.
US officials say they have a “high level of confidence” in Putin’s involvement.
A high-level source told NBC News that “what began as a ‘vendetta’ against Hillary Clinton morphed into an effort to show corruption in American politics and to ‘split off key American allies by creating the image that (other countries) couldn’t depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore.’”
The CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence did not respond to requests for comment.