Rejects Trump’s suggestions that the agencies’ conclusions could be faulty or false; report due out next week
Top U.S. intelligence officials said they are confident Russia was behind a “multifaceted” cyber campaign targeting the 2016 election, but how America addresses cyberattacks is up for debate. WSJ’s Shelby Holliday reports. Photo:
WASHINGTON—Top American intelligence officials reaffirmed and broadened their accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election at a Senate hearing Thursday, rejecting President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestions that their conclusions on the matter could be faulty or false.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, speaking at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on foreign cyberthreats, described a multifaceted Russian campaign that went beyond leaking hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman to include classic propaganda, disinformation and fake news.
“I don’t think we’ve ever encountered a more aggressive or direct campaign to interfere in our election process,” he said.