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US Intel Says Russian Hacking ‘Not Involved’ In Targeting Vote Tallies

The Department of Homeland security found no evidence of Russian attempts to influence the vote tally of the 2016 presidential election, the unclassified ODNI report released Friday says.

The long anticipated report details purported Russian attempts to influence the U.S. presidential election. The ODNI report brings together the assessments of the nations 17 intelligence agencies on the effort.

The report declares, “DHS assesses that the types of systems Russian actors targeted or compromised were not involved in vote tallying.”

The report says Russian President Vladimir Putin’s chief aim was to “denigrate” the impending Presidency of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “Moscow’s approach evolved over the course of the campaign based on Russia’s understanding of the electoral prospects of the two main candidates. When it appeared to Moscow that Secretary Clinton was likely to win the election, the Russian influence campaign began to focus more on undermining her future presidency,” the report continues.

President-elect Donald Trump’s statement to reporters after receiving his briefing also said, “there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines.”

The intelligence community also offered no attempt at trying to determine the impact of Russia’s alleged attempts on the vote outcome of the election.

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