Trump: If in­tel of­fi­cials leaked re­port, it’s a ‘blot’ on their record

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By Eileen Sul­li­van and Deb Riechmann

WASHINGTON — Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump said Wed­nes­day that the U.S. in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity’s record would be se­ri­ously marred if it leaked a dossier con­tain­ing un­sub­stan­ti­ated claims about con­tacts be­tween his ad­vis­ers and Rus­sia as well as un­flat­ter­ing

al­le­ga­tions about his per­sonal life.

Trump said in­tel­li­gence agen­cies will have a “tremen­dous blot on their record” if they re­leased the re­port filled with un­proven in­for­ma­tion that Rus­sian of­fi­cials had al­legedly com­piled on the pres­i­dent-elect.

“I think it was dis­grace­ful, dis­grace­ful that the in­tel­li­gence agen­cies let any in­for­ma­tion that turned out to be so false and fake to get out,” Trump said at a news con­fer­ence.

The CIA and the of­fice of the di­rec­tor of na­tional in­tel­li­gence de­clined to com­ment.

Trump’s press sec­re­tary Sean Spicer also called the dossier “out­ra­geous” and “ir­re­spon­si­ble.”

The dossier con­tains un­proven in­for­ma­tion about close co­or­di­na­tion be­tween Trump’s in­ner cir­cle and Rus­sians about hack­ing into Demo­cratic ac­counts as well as un­proven claims about un­usual sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties by Trump among other sug­ges­tions at­trib­uted to anony­mous sources. The As­so­ci­ated Press has not au­then­ti­cated any of the claims.

A U.S. of­fi­cial said top in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials told Trump about the re­port last week. The of­fi­cial, who was not au­tho­rized to pub­licly dis­cuss the mat­ter, spoke only on con­di­tion of anonymity.

A sum­mary of the al­le­ga­tions was sep­a­rate from a clas­si­fied as­sess­ment of Rus­sia’s sus­pected at­tempts to med­dle in the U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. That clas­si­fied re­port tied Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin to the hack­ing of email ac­counts of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee and in­di­vid­ual Democrats like Clin­ton cam­paign chair­man John Podesta. It said there was no ev­i­dence the Rus­sians tam­pered with vote tal­lies; the in­tel­li­gence agen­cies said they couldn’t as­sess if Rus­sia suc­ceeded in in­flu­enc­ing Amer­i­cans to vote for Trump.

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