U.S. intel report says Putin directed cyber campaign aimed at helping Trump

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 06, 2017 4:11 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered "an influence campaign" in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election with the goal of undermining the democratic process and denigrating Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, a new, declassified intelligence report said on Friday.

"We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump," the report said.

"We also assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him," it said.

(Reporting by Warren Strobel and Yara Bayoumy; Editing by James Dalgleish)