The intelligence community has now released the public version of the report they delivered to Donald Trump, President Obama, and Congressional leaders. While the public version of the report leaves many details out and is a general assessment of what they concluded, there are still a few disturbing details.
The agencies agree that Putin ordered an “influence campaign” for our elections, and as it progressed, there was a clear preference for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. They used state media, sock puppets on social media, and of course, Wikileaks to exert influence.
The goals, according to the report, were to “undermine faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.” It also concludes that “Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”
There are other disturbing conclusions in the report, particularly with regard to the hacks on local and state election boards.
“The Kremlin’s campaign aimed at the US election featured disclosures of data obtained through Russian cyber operations; intrusions into US state and local electoral boards;and overt propaganda,” the report states.