Doubt over WaPo report: ‘CIA has concluded in a secret assessment’ Russia intervened in election

The Washington Post reported late Friday that a secret CIA assessment of the 2016 election concluded that Russia intervened for the purpose of helping Donald Trump get elected.

The findings center on the treasure trove of hacked emails released by WikiLeaks in the lead up to the election, although founder Julian Assange has previously said the “Russian government is not the source.”

More from The Post:

The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.

Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances.

“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.”

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been skeptical of CIA intelligence on Russian intrusions and the Trump transition team dismissed the findings Friday night, the newspaper reported.

Nonetheless, President Barack Obama ordered a full review of any such efforts to influence U.S. elections, the White House announced Friday.

As for doubts, social media users were equally skeptical of the administration’s motives here, suggesting that Democrats need to come to terms with the idea that they lost.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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