REPORT: Top Intelligence Agency Isn’t Backing CIA Assessment Russia Hacked to Help Trump
According to a Tuesday report from Reuters, the nation’s top intelligence agency has not backed the assessment from the CIA that Russia hacked various political actors to help Donald Trump, citing the CIA’s “lack of conclusive evidence.”
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)– which oversees every American intelligence agency– isn’t publicly contradicting the CIA assessment, but three anonymous sources tell Reuters that they aren’t on board with it. “ODNI is not arguing that the agency (CIA) is wrong, only that they can’t prove intent,” said one official. “Of course they can’t, absent agents in on the decision-making in Moscow.”
Another official says the CIA assessment was based solely on “the fact that Russian entities hacked both Democrats and Republicans and only the Democratic information was leaked.” That, they argued, was “a thin reed upon which to base an analytical judgment.”
The FBI has also not endorsed the CIA assessment, reportedly based on the fact that its standards of evidence require enough evidence to stand up in a court of law.
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