A 25-page report that U.S. intelligence officials declassified on Jan. 6 says that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered a campaign to influence the results of the U.S. presidential election, ABC reported. The public version of the document, shorter than the full classified report, was released after intelligence officials briefed U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and lawmakers. The officials said the Russian campaign was part of Moscow's broader effort to undermine the U.S.-led international order. Trump responded by saying that he plans to develop a three-month plan to combat cyberattacks. He also said he believes the Russian hacking had "absolutely no effect" on the election results, citing the fact that voting machines had not been tampered with. In response to the alleged hacking, U.S. President Barack Obama has imposed new sanctions against Russia, though they will likely have only a symbolic impact.
U.S.: Russian President Ordered Campaign To Influence Election, Intelligence Officials Say