Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has said he has received concerns from foreign intelligence agencies about the âdisparagement of the U.S. Intelligence Communityâ by President-elect Donald Trump, CNN reported Thursday.
Nicole Gaouette writes Clapper toldÂ Senate Armed Services Committee members at a Thursday hearingÂ on international cyber threats that he believes public confidence and trust in the IC is âcrucialâ and that there is a distinction between disparagement and scepticism on intelligence.
He also discussed Russiaâs cyber hacking activities during the 2016 presidential elections, Gaouette reports.
“We assess that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized the recent election-focused data thefts and disclosures, based on the scope and sensitivity of the targets,” Clapper said in a joint testimony with Marcel Lettre, defense undersecretary for intelligence; and NavyÂ Adm.Â Michael Rogers, commander ofÂ the U.S. Cyber CommandÂ and director of theÂ National Security Agency.
Clapper, who willÂ step downÂ as DNI on Jan. 20, was scheduled Friday to brief Trump on Russiaâs cyber intrusion in a private meeting, the report added.