They later came out and said that they think the data was manipulated to ensure Trump got the victory. The CIA says they traced the hacking to Russia who was earlier accused of hacking democrats' emails and sending them to WikiLeaks.
But two senior intelligent officers now claim that Putin had a hand in how the leaked information was used. He directed and suggested the best cause of action at every turn.
Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally addressed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used," said the NBC report. What began as a 'vendetta' against Hillary Clinton morphed into an effort to show corruption in American politics and to "split off key American allies by creating the image that other countries couldn't depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore."
The report is referring to a vendor that started in 2011 when Clinton sided with anti-Putin Russians who were calling for a free and fair election. Putin still ascended to power for another term and appeared to have held a personal grudge against Clinton.
Sources report that Putin himself instigated the fake news sites that spread false reports about Clinton. The sources say that nothing was approved unless Putin himself gave the blessing to go forward with the plan.