The United States government (Obama Administration) has accused the Russian government of interfering in the 2016 United States elections. In October and December 2016, the U.S. Intelligence Community stated its confidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 United States elections in an operation which the U.S. government code named Grizzly Steppe.The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), representing 17 intelligence agencies and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly stated that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and leaked its documents to WikiLeaks.
At a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, US intelligence officials said they will release a report early next week that promises to reveal direct evidence supporting the government’s claims Russia orchestrated sophisticated cyber attacks to expose Democratic National Committee (DNC) documents and attempt to undermine the presidential campaign.
Director of DNI, James Clapper is maintaining secrecy over the details of the upcoming report which is about the Russian operation, involving “classical propaganda, disinformation, fake news” during the election.
President-Elect Trump has so far tried to convince the US Public to ‘move on’ and he has contradicted US government reporting on the breaches at the DNC and other political organizations.
Trump will receive a classified briefing from Director of DNI Mr. Clapper and other top Obama administration officials at Trump Tower on Friday. President Obama said Thursday that the briefing could help reduce tensions between intelligence officials and Trump, who seemed to favor WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s doubts over the US intelligence community’s findings in Twitter posts this week.
In July 2016, The New Yorker writer Adrian Chen wrote that a Russian group called the Internet Research Agency might be using fake social media accounts to promote U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. Chen wrote that the connection between Trump and Russia was not straightforward, with evidence both for and against it.
And then the information leaks of Democratic National Committee is said to be responsible for remarkable loss of popularity of their candidate.
According to Tom Kellermann of the cybersecurity firm Strategic Cyber Ventures,”Russia has been the dominant actor in state-sponsored espionage in cyberspace for the past two decades. Cyberespionage and cybercrime are being seen as a strategic imperative for the regime. It will be employed not only to facilitate propaganda, but it could also be used to manipulate data. Russia has the luxury of using their cybercrime proxies to create a fog of war.”