U.S. intelligence authorities have concluded the hacked documents were not forged.
A declassified report released Friday by U.S. intelligence agencies asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin “ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election.”
But “no documents related to the hacks of the DNC emails or Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails appear to be altered or forged,” stated the report.
The report said that Putin’s goals were “to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.”
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said it was not the Russian government who gave them the documents and emails but the U.S. intelligence report alleges that the Russian intelligence services did relay the material to WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks published emails from both the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. The DNC and the Clinton campaign both repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the documents that WikiLeaks released, indicating the information that came forth wasn’t credible because “it was stolen.”
DNC Interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile suggested that the emails may have been “doctored or forged,” and was indignant when confronted about hacked email content which revealed she had leaked debate questions to the Clinton camp in advance.
When Fox News’ Megyn Kelly questioned her about the matter, she stated, “I have seen so many doctored emails. I have seen things that come from me at 2 in the morning that I don’t even send. I will not sit here and be persecuted because your information is totally false.”
However, the U.S. intelligence report stated that the material sent to WikiLeaks “did not contain any evident forgeries.”
H/T: Fox News
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