US Intel Officials Believe Putin Was Directly Tied to Hacking, NBC News Reports

Tonight NBC Nightly News reported that U.S. intelligence officials believe that Vladimir Putin was directly involved in attempts to interfere with the election.

Anonymous intelligence officials have told NBC that this intel has come from diplomatic sources and even “spies working for America’s allies.”

They said that Putin was “directing the use” of the hacked material due to a “vendetta” he had against Hillary Clinton and a desire to expose corruption in American politics.

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul told NBC that “it’s been known for a long time” Putin has a vendetta against Clinton, and that he “wants to discredit American democracy.”

This comes as reports have been bubbling up about internal U.S. intel disagreements about the motives of the Russian hacks.

Watch above, via NBC.

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