Trending: Jeff Bezos has a new ‘shadow:’ Amazon forecasting executive Wei Gao

Donald Trump. (Via Shutterstock)

The New York Times and Washington Post reported late Friday that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee to help Donald Trump win this year’s presidential election, according to unnamed sources.

The Times reported that U.S. intelligence officials found that Russians gave documents from Democratic Party systems to the public — specifically WikiLeaks — and also hacked into the Republican Party networks, but did not release information from those files.

A report from The Washington Post noted that the “CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency.” The Post added that the CIA shared their reports with “key senators” and based their intelligence on information from “multiple sources.”

Both outlets were provided a statement from the Trump transition team which noted that “these are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history.”

Reports last month raised questions over whether electronic voting systems were hacked during this month’s election. The implication was that hackers, perhaps based in Russia, may have tampered with the e-voting machines. Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s campaign has raised millions to double-check the vote in three key states.

In July at a news conference, Trump invited Russia to hack Clinton’s emails, which became a central theme of the election race.

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to GeekWire's free newsletters to catch every headline


Job Listings on GeekWork

Find more jobs on GeekWork. Employers, post a job here.