Russia’s original hacking intent had nothing to do with President-elect Donald Trump, according to intelligence officials who detailed their assessment in a report released Friday.
The intel chiefs are highly confident the core motivations behind the extensive Russian campaign were to undermine the integrity of the election, denigrate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and undermine her potential presidency. Although the report states Russia developed a “preference” for Trump late in the campaign, it’s clear they believe the underlying goal was always to hurt Clinton.
The Department of Homeland security found no evidence of Russian attempts to influence the vote tally of the 2016 presidential election, the unclassified ODNI report released Friday says.
The long anticipated report details purported Russian attempts to influence the U.S. presidential election. The ODNI report brings together the assessments of the nations 17 intelligence agencies on the effort.
The report declares, “DHS assesses that the types of systems Russian actors targeted or compromised were not involved in vote tallying.”
The report says Russian President Vladimir Putin’s chief aim was to “denigrate” the impending Presidency of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.