DNI re­fuses to re­lease proof of Rus­sia hack­ing im­mi­nently

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

The di­rec­tor of national in­tel­li­gence re­jected calls to speed up re­lease of ev­i­dence that would show Rus­sia tried to tam­per with the U.S. elec­tion, say­ing Fri­day that they will fin­ish out their re­view be­fore mak­ing the proof pub­lic.

But the DNI’s of­fice said it stands by its con­clu­sion that Rus­sia’s “se­nior­most of­fi­cials” or­dered the theft of emails to in­ter­fere with the elec­tion. The DNI is­sued a state­ment just an hour af­ter Pres­i­dent Obama, in a yearend press con­fer­ence, blamed Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

A num­ber of Democrats have called on the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­lease proof now, but the DNI state­ment makes clear that while it is con­duct­ing the probe, it won’t pro­duce proof now.

“This ef­fort is on­go­ing and in­volves sen­si­tive clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion. Once the re­view is com­plete in the com­ing weeks, the in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity stands ready to brief Congress and will make those find­ings avail­able … con­sis­tent with pro­tect­ing in­tel­li­gence sources and meth­ods,” the DNI said.

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