Putin ordered campaign to influence presidential election: U.S intel

The U.S intelligence community in a new declassified file on Saturday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering an ‘influence campaign’ to help Donald Trump win the White House and denigrate his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in a bid to undermine public faith in the American democratic process

U.S President-elect Donald Trump was quick to refute the conclusion, saying hacking did not impact the November 8 presidential polls outcome.

“We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S presidential election,” the Director of National Intelligence said in a report.

The 31-page report alleges that Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S democratic process, denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and harm her electability and potential presidency.

“We further assess Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have high confidence in these judgements,” the U.S intelligence community said.

U.S President Barack Obama had ordered a comprehensive probe into allegations of Russian hacking the Democratic party’s email system.

(Agencies)

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