US spy chief James Clapper alleges Russia cyber attack

    US spy chief James Clapper alleges Russia cyber attack

    Jan.6, NY: US spy chiefs insisted they have strong evidence that Russia mounted an unprecedented bid to disrupt the American election, standing firm in the face of president-elect Donald Trump's refusal to accept their conclusions.   

    One day before the heads of four top intelligence bodies brief the president-elect on their assessment of Russian meddling in last year's vote, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate hearing on Thursday he had "very high" confidence in their findings.

    "The Russians have a long history of interfering in elections, theirs and other people's," he told the Armed Services Committee. "But we have never encountered such a direct campaign to interfere with the election process as we have seen in this case.

    "This was a multifaceted campaign. So the hacking was only one part of it, and it also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, fake news," said Clapper.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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