Russia hacking: US intelligence chief hits back at Trump 'disparagement' of findings
The departing head of US intelligence has publicly defended his analysts against attacks by Donald Trump following their conclusion that Russia interfered in the November election.
“There’s a difference between skepticism and disparagement,” said James Clapper, stepping into an extraordinary public dispute between the incoming president and the intelligence agencies Trump will soon control.
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Clapper said US intelligence analysts “stand more resolutely” than ever behind their conclusion of “Russian interference in our electoral process”.
“Russia has clearly assumed an even more aggressive cyber posture,” said James Clapper, who described the assault on the 2016 election as “multifaceted”.
He added: “Hacking was only one part of it. It also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation and fake news.”