The classified intelligence report requested by President Barack Obama about hacking of Democratic National Committee emails allegedly carried out by Russian intelligence agents is now complete.
Obama will be briefed on the report Jan. 5, reports ABC News.
During a Senate hearing on the hacking allegations, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the public will have to wait for the report to be unclassified until they can learn the details. But Clapper did say that Russians might have created fake news sites to confuse Americans into believing dubious reports on the presidential election that were spread on the internet.
Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island asked Clapper if “fake news” was propagated by Russian intelligence to confuse Americans about the presidential election.
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“One of the aspects of this Russian hacking was not just disseminating information they had exploited from computers, but also the allegations of fake news sites, fake news stories that were propagated,” Reed claimed, according to Mediaite. “Is that an accurate -- is that one aspect of this problem?”
“This was a multifaceted campaign,” Clapper said. “So the hacking was only one part of it, and it also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, fake news.”
President-elect Donald Trump has been skeptical of intelligence reports published under the Obama administration that blame Russians for hacking DNC emails, which might have helped Trump beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“The 'Intelligence' briefing on so-called 'Russian hacking' was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!' Trump tweeted on Jan. 3.
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Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, which published the DNC emails that were then widely reported on by U.S. media outlets, said Democrats are accusing Russia of hacking the DNC emails to “deligitimize” Trump's victory.
"They're trying to delegitimize the Trump administration as it goes into the White House," Assange told Fox News. "They are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate president."
Assange also denied the emails WikiLeaks published came from Russia.
“We can say, we have said, repeatedly that over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party,” Assange said.