CIA knew in summer of Russian effort to back Trump: report

CIA knew in summer of Russian effort to back Trump: reportThe CIA had evidence that Russia was interfering in the 2016 US election to boost Donald Trump earlier than previously thought, the New York Times reported Thursday. Russia’s interference was not made public until months after Trump’s November 8 election victory, with US intelligence chiefs openly accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of masterminding a hacking and disinformation campaign to skew the election results. Citing former government officials, The Times said secret briefings much earlier in the presidential campaign had revealed Russia’s move to support Trump — as well as divergence between the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is in charge of counterintelligence.



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