As reported by Censor.NET citing the assessment published on the agency's website, the types of systems Russian actors targeted or compromised were not involved in vote tallying.
The agency assesses the influence campaign aspired to help President-Elect Trump's chances of victory when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to the president-elect. When it appeared to Moscow that Secretary Clinton was likely to win the presidency the Russian influence campaign focused more on undercutting Secretary Clinton's legitimacy and crippling her presidency from its start, including by impugning the fairness of the election.
According to the assessment, Putin most likely wanted to discredit Secretary Clinton because he has publicly blamed her since 2011 for inciting mass protests against his regime in late 2011 and early 2012, and because he holds a grudge for comments he almost certainly saw as disparaging him.
The U.S. intelligence community believes that in trying to influence the U.S. election, the Kremlin sought to advance its longstanding desire to undermine the U.S.-led liberal democratic order, the promotion of which Putin and other senior Russian leaders view as a threat to Russia and Putin's regime.
As reported, Dec. 6, 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama instructed the U.S. intelligence agencies to make a comprehensive assessment of Russian activities and intentions in recent U.S. elections.
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