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Hacking: CIA, FBI on same the page


Washington : The FBI agrees with the CIA assessment that Russia was involved in hacking of servers of the Democratic party and that of the Hillary Clinton campaign during the elections, according to a media report.

  John Brennan, Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – the top American intelligence agency – said this in an email to CIA staffers, The Washington Post reported, according to PTI.

The email was written after Brennan met the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey and the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper early this week. “Earlier this week, I met separately with FBI (Director) James Comey and DNI (Director of National Intelligence) Jim Clapper, and there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election,” Brennan said, according to US officials who have seen the message, the report said.

“There is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election. The three of us also agree that our organisations, along with others, need to focus on completing the thorough review of this issue that has been directed by President (Barack) Obama and which is being led by the DNI,” Brennan wrote in the message to the CIA employees in which he also referred about his interaction with Congressman.

“In recent days, I have had several conversations with members of Congress, providing an update on the status of the review as well as the considerations that need to be taken into account as we proceed. Many, but unfortunately not all, members understand and appreciate the importance and the gravity of the issue, and they are very supportive of the process that is underway,” Brennan said.