Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, repeatedly called the Russian ambassador to the U.S. on the same day President Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats in response to the Kremlin’s reported election hacking, the Washington Post reported late Thursday.
Russian state-owned media companies were declared in a new government list to be of “essential significance” to Moscow’s national security and defense.
The CIA, FBI, and National Security Agency concluded in a report made public Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a covert intelligence campaign to boost the election of Donald Trump while seeking to discredit Hillary Clinton.
The 23-page unclassified report is part of a longer secret study into a wide-ranging cyber and disinformation campaign similar to the activities during the Cold War of the Soviet KGB intelligence service.
The CIA has identified Russian officials who fed material hacked from the Democratic National Committee and party leaders to WikiLeaks at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin through third parties, according to a new U.S. intelligence report, senior U.S. officials said on Thursday.