Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen in Nagato, western Japan, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. (Toru Hanai/Pool Photo via AP)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin supervised his intelligence agencies' hacking of the U.S. presidential election and turned it from a general effort to discredit the process to a specific attempt to support Donald Trump, three U.S. officials said Thursday.The U.S. officials said on the condition of anonymity that the U.S. intelligence community is confident its assessment of Russian cyberattacks on the election is accurate.NBC reported earlier that U.S. intelligence officials have "a high level of confidence" Putin was personally involved in the Russian cyber campaign against the United States.A senior U.S. official said last week that the CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the election to help Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system.
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