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U.S. intelligence intercepts top Russian officials celebrating Trump’s win


According to a new report, U.S. intelligence officials confirmed that Russian government agencies were “congratulating themselves” after Trump’s victory.

The news of the intercepted communications comes on the heels of James Clapper — President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence — defending assertions by both the FBI, the CIA, and other U.S. intelligence agencies that Moscow intervened in the November 8 election specifically to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

In a report from the Washington Post, high-ranking officials within Vladimir Putin’s government were heard celebrating Trump’s unexpected election night win as a victory for Moscow, which are allegedly being included in a classified 50-page report that was delivered to President Obama today and that will be delivered to President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York on Friday.

“The Russians felt pretty good about what happened on Nov. 8 and they also felt pretty good about what they did,” said an unnamed U.S. intelligence official in an interview with the Post.

The classified report also apparently names some of the Russian “actors” personally involved in the hacking of email accounts associated with top Democratic Party officials, including Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

For his part, President-elect Trump has refrained from accepting the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies about Russia’s alleged meddling in the election. Earlier this week, he cast doubt on the findings of intelligence officials, which drew the ire of leading Senate Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina).

“I want to let the President-elect know that it’s OK to challenge the intel,” Graham said. “You’re absolutely right to want to do so. But what I don’t want you to do is undermine those who are serving our nation in this arena until you’re absolutely sure they need to be undermined. And I think they need to be uplifted, not undermined.”

However, Trump did agree with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who said that “a 14-year-old” could have hacked the DNC.

 

Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.

 



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