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.
— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) December 10, 2016
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.”
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— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 10, 2016
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.