Was Vladimir Putin directly involved in the cyber attack on the US Presidential election? That's the claim made by senior intelligence officials to NBC News. The sources saying the Russian President personally directed how hacked materials from Democrats was leaked and used. His motive, they say, was first a vendetta against Hillary Clinton, which then evolved into a desire to show American politics as corrupt and the US as an unreliable global leader.
The Clinton vendetta stretches back to 2011, reports NBC, when, as Secretary of State, she accused Russia's parliamentary election of being rigged and called for an investigation. Donald Trump on Thursday tweeting, if Russia or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act?
Why did they only complain after Hillary lost? The US government in October formally accused Russia of cyber attacks against American political organizations ahead of the November 8th presidential election. Congressional leaders have called for an investigation, and President Obama has ordered a full review with a report to be delivered before he leaves office.