According to US intelligence report, Vladimir Putin, the Russian President directed a campaign to influence the results of US presidency election by skewing chances in favor of Republican Donald Trump, and discrediting Democrat Hilary Clinton in the 2016 US presidential campaign. The top Democrat and Republican on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee doubts Russia, which can become an ally of the United States, an idea embraced by President-elect Donald Trump.
The top US intelligence agency believes that the objectives behind Russia launching the cyber campaign were to sabotage public faith in the democratic process of the United States, and disparage former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, making it difficult for her to establish her presidency. The intelligence agency assesses the results of the election, and confidently establishes a starkly clear fact that Putin and the Russian Government developed a preference for Donald Trump.
Russian authorities, which have denied interference in the election process, provided no immediate response on the report, and the country’s media maintained a low-key reaction to the allegation. The report, which clarifies an unprecedented campaign by Russia to manipulate the American politics, has roiled US congressmen, who are questioning Trump on US – Russia alliance. The report’s conclusions, albeit lacking details of Russia’s manipulative strategies, will give power to Democrats and Trump’s Republican anti-Russia fellow members in Congress, and set the stage for potential confrontation with Trump.
Donald Trump, who has developed a bitter relationship with US intelligence agencies, defended the lawfulness of his victory after receiving a two-hour long briefing on the report this Friday. The report is likely to fuel the controversy over what Moscow may have done. The state TV Channel One in Moscow covered the report, focusing on the fact that Russian interference had no impact on the results of the US presidential election. However, the veracity of this fact still remains doubtful for many administration members of both countries.
The US intelligence agencies believe that the GRU, the Russian military intelligence used mediators such as DCLeaks, WikiLeaks, and the Guccifer 2.0 persona to release emails acquired from top Democrats and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as a part of the cyber campaign. The release of the emails sparked controversy for Clinton and caused DNC’s chief to resign. The report produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, found that Russia did not target US systems that tally votes. The report suggested that Russian President Putin was urged by personal hostility towards Democrat presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton.