Intel Report: Russians Celebrated Trump's Win

'Russians ... felt pretty good about what they did'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2017 2:10 AM CST
Updated Jan 6, 2017 5:28 AM CST
Voters cast their election ballots inside a polling place Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Springfield, Ill.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

(Newser) – Evidence that Russian hackers meddled in the US election includes intercepted communications in which senior Russian officials celebrate Donald Trump's stunning win, sources tell the Washington Post. "The Russians felt pretty good about what happened on Nov. 8 and they also felt pretty good about what they did," a senior US official says. The communications are believed to be part of a classified report on Russian hacking that was given to President Obama on Thursday. The intercepts "illustrate Russian government planning and direction of a multifaceted campaign by Moscow to undermine the integrity of the American political system," an insider tells NBC News.

Sources tell Reuters that the report doesn't hold a "smoking gun," but it contains evidence that strongly suggests the Russians escalated their efforts from trying to discredit US democracy to trying to help Trump win. Officials say the report also identifies Russians who passed information from hacked Democratic Party officials to WikiLeaks, using a "circuitous route" to make their involvement harder to trace. Trump will be briefed on the report Friday and an unclassified version will later be made available to the public. In a series of tweets Thursday, Trump wondered who gave NBC an "exclusive report" on the report's contents and asked why the Democratic National Committee "would not allow the FBI to study or see its computer info after it was supposedly hacked by Russia." He concludes: "So how and why are they so sure about hacking if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers? What is going on?" (Read more Russian hackers stories.)

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