U.S. intelligence officials claim: Putin ‘PERSONALLY ordered the election hack as part of a vendetta against Hillary Clinton’

Chris Spargo, Francesca Chambers — DailyMail.com Dec 16, 2016

US intelligence officials believe ‘a high level of confidence’ that Russian president Vladimir Putin was personally involved in ordering Russian operatives during the election hack.

New intelligence reveals that Putin not only ordered the hack but also controlled the way that the materials obtained in the operation from was leaked and used during the election two senior officials told NBC News

One official said that Putin’s did this as a ‘vendetta’ against Hillary Clinton in the beginning, but then turned it into an exercise attempting to hint at corruption in US politics to ‘split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] couldn’t depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore.’

The CIA has said with ‘high confidence’ that Russians did this because they wanted to elect Donald Trump.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed these claims of Thursday however, saying they were nothing more than ‘laughable nonsense.’ 

This news comes as the White House suggests that President-elect Donald Trump knew Russia was interfering in the election, despite his claims to the contrary.

Trump responded to this on Twitter Thursday morning, writing: ‘If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House waite [sic] so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?

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