Obama Admin Leaks Details of Trump’s Classified Intel Briefing to Influence Election
Ironically in the Time article with the title, “How Russia Wants to Undermine the U.S. Election,” the Obama administration is trying to undermine the U.S. election by leaking information from Trump’s classified briefing to hurt him with the electorate.
All of which makes Donald Trump’s repeated insertion of himself into the U.S.-Russia story all the more startling. Trump has praised Putin during the campaign, and at the first presidential debate, on Sept. 26, he said it wasn’t clear the Russians were behind the DNC hack. But the U.S. intelligence community has “high confidence” that Russian intelligence services were in fact responsible, multiple intelligence and national security officials tell TIME. Trump was informed of that assessment during a recent classified intelligence briefing, a U.S. official familiar with the matter tells TIME. “I do not comment on information I receive in intelligence briefings, however, nobody knows with definitive certainty that this was in fact Russia,” Trump told TIME in a statement. “It may be, but it may also be China, another country or individual.”
Trump was criticized for discussing the demeanor of his briefers, not the intel, in comments made a few weeks ago at the Commander-in-Chief forum.