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Intel agency heads brief Obama on classified Russian cyberattack report

Thursday, January 5, 2017 13:57
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. January 5, 2017, 10:14 PM (IDT)

The heads of US intelligence agencies arrived at the White House early Thursday afternoon (local time) to comprehensively brief President Barack Obama on their findings regarding Russian cyberattacks during the presidential election campaign. A classified report being presented to Obama is said to include proof of the cyberattacks. Among the senior officials who arrived at the White House were James Clapper, the director of national intelligence; Adm. Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency; Jeh Johnson, head of the Department of Homeland Security; and John Brennan, head of the CIA. The report is to be presented to President-elect Donald Trump on Friday.
In a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee several hours earlier, Director of National Intelligence Clapper said that the lives of many people would be in danger, millions of dollars would be lost and critical intelligence sources would be compromised if the evidence of Russian cyberattacks is released. However, he said that parts of the report will be made public on Monday.

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