“Putin had the objective in mind all along, and he asked the institute to draw him a road map,” said one of the sources, a former senior U.S. intelligence official.
A Reuters bombshell today reveals that seven high-ranking current and former U.S. officials have leaked classified documents that describe in detail how a Putin-controlled Russian government think-tank developed and executed a plan both to help Trump win the election and to undermine American voters’ faith in our voting system.
According to Reuters all seven describe in detail two documents that outline the “framework and rationale” for “an intensive effort by Russia to interfere with the November 8 election.” The United States came into possession of the documents after the election, which according to Reuters were prepared by the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, based in Moscow.
“The institute is run by retired senior Russian foreign intelligence officials appointed by Putin’s office,” Reuters says.
According to the seven officials, the first document outlines an overall strategy to use social media to spread propaganda that would help elect a candidate who would take a softer stance against Russia than President Obama.
The second document was crafted later, and explains a change in strategy after it was clear to the Russians that Hillary Clinton would be the likely winner, “it was better for Russia to end its pro-Trump propaganda and instead intensify its messaging about voter fraud to undermine the U.S. electoral system’s legitimacy and damage Clinton’s reputation in an effort to undermine her presidency, the seven officials said.”
The officials asked to remain anonymous because of the classified nature of the documents. U.S. Intelligence refused to comment, as did representatives of Putin’s government and the Russian institute which was responsible for the documents.