DNI refuses to release proof of Russia hacking imminently
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.