A representative for Putin today called the reports “funny nonsense,” but American intelligence agencies are failing to see any humor in the bold Russian cyberattacks and the apparent role of the Russian president.
People in the intelligence community directly involved in uncovering and tracking the Russian hack say a new flow of information has directly connected Putin to what began as a lower-level effort by the Russian military to infiltrate the computers of both Republican and Democratic figures.
Once the hackers were successful in breaching the Democratic National Committee’s systems, Putin became more directly involved with the effort, the intelligence sources say.
Russian officials have consistently denied any hacking activities around the U.S. election.
It continued, “We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s seniormost officials could have authorized these activities.”
Five months later, the hack continues to dominate headlines.
Last weekend, acrimony between Trump and the intelligence agencies that he’ll soon control reached a boiling point, with the two sides engaging in a war of words over the details of Russia’s cyberactivities that played out in national newspapers and television programs.
While sources say a number of retaliatory actions have been recommended — including going after secret bank accounts believed to belong to Putin — no responding action has been taken.