The US President-elect, Donald Trump, categorically denied on Sunday that Russian secret services tried to help him win the November 2016 elections.
Washington Post published on Friday the results of a CIA Report, which suggests Russian secret services provided WikiLeaks with material hacked from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) intranet. The report identifies individuals with connections to the Russian government, channeling information to WikiLeaks.
According to the New York Times, the CIA is ”highly confident” Russian hackers were involved.
Speaking to Reuters on Sunday, a US official specified that although intelligence analysts believe Russia tried to affect the electoral result, this does not mean they did. However, it does mean the Russian administration helped Trump in the belief he would be friendlier to Russia than Hillary Clinton.
However, Trump’s transition team dismissed the CIA claims on Friday. These are the “same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” the Tump campaign said.
Meanwhile, President Obama ordered on Friday a full investigation of the hacking incident to be completed before he leaves office on January 20.
Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, Donald Trump said that the CIA report on Friday was “ridiculous.” Trump’s theory is that Democrats are using the CIA to justify the breadth of their defeat.
In an interview with The Time magazine last week, Trump says he did not believe Russia played any role during the campaign. n
Earlier on Sunday, Republican Senators such as John McCain said the report should be alarming to every American. But, the Republican party spokesman Sean Spicer said the Democratic Party was never hacked, and the CIA was wrong.
There are now concerns of a standoff between the intelligence community and the incoming administration.
The Kremlin has categorically denied any suggestion of hacking the DNC or colluding with WikiLeaks. Trump says there is no way the secret services can know who hacked the DNC.