Donald Trump and his Republican friends have tried to sway the public away from the fact that Russia hacked the election in order for Trump to win. But newly found evidence shows that Putin and Russia did in fact hack the election to help Trump win the presidency.
U.S. Intelligence have come to a conclusion in a declassified report released Friday that Russia did in fact intervened during the election. The report states that Vladimir Putin ordered an “influence campaign” to specifically hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances and ultimately helping Trump win the election.
The report stated: “We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”
“Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election represent the most recent expression of Moscow’s longstanding desire to undermine the US-led liberal democratic order, but these activities demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort compared to previous operations,” the report continued.
U.S intelligence also found that the campaign not only used cyberhacking as a way to influence the the election, but also used overt propaganda efforts carried out by state-owned media outlets and paid social media users.
“Putin most likely wanted to discredit Secretary Clinton because he has publicly blamed her since 2011 for inciting mass protests against his regime in late 2011 and early 2012, and because he holds a grudge for comments he almost certainly saw as disparaging him,” the report said.
It also seems that Russia doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon. According to the report, Russia plans to influence future elections. “Moscow will apply lessons learned from its Putin-ordered campaign aimed at the US presidential election to future influence efforts worldwide, including against US allies and their election processes,” it assessed.