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CIA: Russia’s Cyber Intrusions Sought to Influence US Presidential Election

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A secret assessment by the CIA says Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election through cyber intrusions in order to help Donald Trump get elected as U.S. president, the Washington Post reported Friday.

Senior U.S. officials said the CIA told U.S. senators in a closed-door briefing that individuals linked to the Russian government shared with WikiLeaks thousands of breached emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chief, Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller wrote.

Trump told the Time magazine that he doesn’t believe that Russia intervened in the election.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in an interview that Russia is not the source of the hacked emails, according to the Washington Post.

President Barack Obama has asked intelligence agencies to perform a “full review” of Russia’s involvement in the cyber intrusions during the election and submit a report before he leaves the White House on Jan. 20, according to a report by Jeff Mason for Reuters.

Lisa Monaco, Obama’s homeland security adviser, said at a Christian Science Monitor-hosted event that the administration will share the report’s findings with Congress and other stakeholders, the report added.

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