Russia actively tried to help Donald Trump win the election, CIA report says

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A secret assessment conducted by the CIA determined that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was intended to help put Donald Trump in office, The Washington Post reported this evening, using anonymous sources.

The revelations undermine the position of President-elect Trump’s campaign, which has sought to downplay reports of foreign interference by citing a lack of evidence. They also mark a stark escalation in hostility between the US and Russia. It appears to be unprecedented that a foreign government used espionage tactics in a US election cycle to try and influence the outcome of a race.

The U.S. Intelligence Community — which is made up of 16 different…

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