The intelligence community of the United States have now agreed that Russia manipulated the results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections. What and how they will now use this intelligence will determine the fate of president-elect Donald Trump.
James Comey, the Director of the FBI as well as James Clapper, the Director of the National Intelligence have both reportedly agreed with the CIA’s assessment that
- Russian agents hacked the November U.S. Presidential elections
- They did so to benefit Donald Trump and to undermine public confidence in the U.S. electoral system.
The Washington Post’s report has cited a message reportedly set by John O. Brennan, CIA’s Director, to his staff which states, “Earlier this week, I met separately with (Director) FBI James Comey and DNI Jim Clapper, and there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election.”
The message goes on to read, “The three of us also agree that our organizations, along with others, need to focus on completing the thorough review of this issue that has been directed by President Obama and which is being led by the DNI.”
This assessment by these intelligence communities flies in the face of statements by the Trump transition team and by Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.
“In recent days, I have had several conversations with members of Congress, providing an update on the status of the review as well as the considerations that need to be taken into account as we proceed. Many – but unfortunately not all – members understand and appreciate the importance and the gravity of the issue, and they are very supportive of the process that is underway,” reads the report.
Taking note of the development, U.S. President Barrack Obama in his year-end address said, “This was not some elaborate espionage scheme. They hacked into some democratic party emails that contained some pretty routine stuff… Then it just took off. That concerns me and it should concern all of us.”
Obama also made it amply clear that the impact of this hack has long term implications and its repercussions are not visible immediately.
“There are times when the message will be directly received by the Russians and not publicized,” said the U.S President.