What will President-elect Donald Trump do with the information?
According to the Washington Post, there was as “an ebullient reaction among high-ranking Russian officials, including some US officials who are believed to have had knowledge of the country’s cyber campaign to interfere in the US election, contributed to the US intelligence community’s assessment that Moscow’s efforts were aimed at least in part at helping the real estate mogul win the White House over Hillary Clinton. US spy agencies also identified “actors” who were involved in delivering stolen Democratic emails to WikiLeaks, and disparities in the levels of effort Russian intelligence entities devoted to penetrating and exploiting sensitive information stored on Democratic and Republican campaign networks.”
A senior US intelligence official confirmed to NBC News that the report on Russian hacking delivered to President Obama on Thursday revealed that senior Russian officials celebrating Donald Trump’s win were picked up by US intelligence. The source gave a description of the celebration, as a minor part of the overall intelligence report, which makes the case that Russia did in fact intervene in the 2016 presidential election.
However, those parties, have not been publicly named. The report claims that the Russian government escalated an initial plan to discredit the election process into a full-fledged attempt to aid Donald Trump’s campaign in his race against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. One official told Reuters, “By October, it had become clear that the Russians were trying to help the Trump campaign.” Russia has also denied the allegations.
On Thursday, outgoing President Obama was informed of the intelligence assessment, which it will also be presented to Trump on Friday morning. Thus far, Trump has rejected many of the intelligence community’s assessments on Russia’s role in the cyberattacks. In an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Matt Lauer, former CIA director Leon Panetta stated that Donald Trump’s criticism of the intelligence community should be done privately “in the confines of the Oval Office” instead of questioning its veracity on social media. “The fact that the president-elect is tweeting on this issue and taking it to the public, and in many ways undermining the credibility of the very intelligence agencies that have to provide information to him in order for him to be president of the United States, this is just unheard of and unprecedented’ he told Matt. ‘I think we all have to be concerned about this. This is not the kind of bickering that ought to be going on in public.”