The CIA confirmed the rumors that Russia intervened in the election to help Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton, CNN reports.
The Washington Post reported on Friday that intelligence agencies had identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided thousands of DNC hacked emails to WikiLeaks.
The hacked emails passed to WikiLeaks were released during the campaign and were a continued source of embarrassment for the Clintons.
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The news comes out as President Obama also ordered intelligence agencies to review foreign cyber attacks into the 2016 election and deliver a report before he leaves office in January, the White House said Friday.
“The president has directed the intelligence community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process…and to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders, to include the Congress,” Obama’s homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, told reporters.
It is not clear, however, if Russia’s intervention significantly changed the outcome of the election.
As for Trump, he is not convinced either. “I don’t believe they interfered,” Trump told TIME magazine about Russia in an interview published this week.
“That became a laughing point, not a talking point, a laughing point. Any time I do something, they say, ‘Oh, Russia interfered.'”