James Clapper Confirms Russia Was Behind Fake News During 2016 Election


Director of National Intelligence James Clapper officially confirmed during a Senate hearing Thursday that the U.S. believes the Russian government was involved in propagating fake news and fake news websites during the 2016 presidential election.

Democratic Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed asked Clapper about various media reports that the Russians may have been involved in creating “fake news” in addition to their purported hack of the Democratic National Committee.

“One of the aspects of this Russian hacking was not just disseminating information they had exploited from computers, but also the allegations of fake news sites, fake news stories that were propagated. Is that an accurate– is that one aspect of this problem?” he asked.

“This was a multifaceted campaign. So the hacking was only one part of it, and it also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, fake news,” Clapper confirmed.

“Does that continue?” asked Reed.

“Yes,” Clapper answered.

Watch above, via CNN.

[Image via screengrab]

>>Follow Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) on Twitter

Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com

Filed Under: