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The Two Sections of the Declassified Russia Report You Need to Know

The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) released a detailed, 25-page report on Russian hacking in the 2016 election. Here are the two sections you need to know.

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On Friday afternoon, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) released a 25-page report on Russian hacking in the 2016 election. The report combines intelligence from the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA.

Here are two key takeaways from the bombshell report:


The agencies have “high confidence” that the Russian cybercampaign against the U.S. political system was ordered straight from the top:

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. We have high confidence in these judgments.


A bullet point early in the report suggests that Russia was prepared to question the legitimacy of the election – if Clinton won:

Before the election, Russian diplomats had publicly denounced the US electoral process and were prepared to publicly call into question the validity of the results. Pro-Kremlin bloggers had prepared a Twitter campaign, #DemocracyRIP, on election night in anticipation of Secretary Clinton’s victory, judging from their social media activity.

With these revelations, and Trump’s meeting with intelligence officials on Friday, the president-elect acknowledged that Russia has hacked U.S. political institutions.