Breaking reports fromCIA officials Wednesday evening claim, with a high degree ofconfidence, that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in the e-mail hacking scandal that directly interfered with the recent presidential election campaign in the United States. Reports suggest that officials with direct access to the pertinent information indicates that Putin’s involvement is all over this attack and the CIA sources claim that the Russian President even went so far as to determine how the leaked information was used to be used.

The report goes onto reveal that Putin’s motives were multifaceted but that they were primarily concerned with ensuring that Hillary Clinton would not become the 45th President of the United States. The reason for Putin’s vendetta goes back to 2011 and comments that the former Secretary of State made about the parliamentary elections in the country that year. While the FBI and a number of other intelligence agencies do not share every facet of this assertion, there appears to be a general consensus emerging that Russian involvement in the hacking came from the most elite level at the Kremlin.

The assertion carries further weight following comments made by former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. Speaking on the matter, Mr. McFaul also believed that Putin actively wanted Trump to be the next President of the United States, stating that:

He has had a vendetta against Hillary Clinton, that has been known for a long time because of what she said about his elections back in the parliamentary elections of 2011. He wants to discredit American democracy and make us weaker in terms of leading the liberal democratic order. And most certainly he likes President-elect Trump’s views on Russia

This shocking revelation comes on the back of comments from the White House press secretary  Josh Earnest this Wednesday which indicate that president-elect Donald Trump could very feasibly have been aware that Russia was involved in the hacking of Democratic Party email accounts during the presidential campaign. The hacking which blighted the Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton through the election process included targeted attacks on a range of Democratic Party institutions including; the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s personal account.

Speaking on the matter, Earnest stated that:

There’s ample evidence that was known long before the election and in most cases long before October about the Trump campaign and Russia — everything from the Republican nominee himself calling on Russia to hack his opponent.

Wednesday’s revelations that Putin was actively involved in the email hacking of Democratic Party are bad but the reports that Trump was aware of Russia’s involvement is something else completely. The fact of the matter is that this level of deliberate interference by Russia in the U.S is unprecedented and needs to be treated as such.

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