NYT: Obama rushed to spread & preserve intelligence on Trump – report 3/1/2017

NYT: To spread the alleged Trump/Russian connection, the Obama team kept intelligence reports at low classification level so more government employees could access it — even European allies.

The left-wing newspaper, The New York Times, reported on 01 March 2017[1]:

Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking
By MATTHEW ROSENBERG, ADAM GOLDMAN and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT MARCH 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government. Former American officials say they had two aims: to ensure that such meddling isn’t duplicated in future American or European elections, and to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators. (…)

At intelligence agencies, there was a push to process as much raw intelligence
as possible into analyses, and to keep the reports at a relatively low classification level to ensure as wide a readership as possible across the government — and, in some cases, among European allies. This allowed the upload of as much intelligence as possible to Intellipedia, a secret wiki used by American analysts to share information.

Source:
[1] NYT: “Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking” (01 March 2017)
*https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/politics/obama-trump-russia-election-hacking.html

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