U.S. officials told CNN that the classified intelligence report delivered to President Obama on Thursday identifies the intermediaries the Russians used to give hacked emails to WikiLeaks.
Earlier this week, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the emails his website published during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, were not provided to him by Russia. Following the election, U.S. intelligence received intercepted conversations of Russian officials expressing their enthusiasm over Donald Trump's win, the officials said, which increased their confidence that Russia was behind the hacks and had carried them out in order to, at least partially, help Trump win. On Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the report will explain Russia's "multiple motivations" for carrying out cyberattacks ahead of the election, and Vice President Joe Biden said the unclassified version will be released "very shortly." Catherine Garcia