Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Testified in Senate


Time: 11:20 p.m. CEST

James R. Clapper Jr., the director of the national intelligence testified at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where Clapper responded to the members of Congress on the foreign involvement in the United States’ presidential elections. Clapper, as the New York Times reports, “suggested that he would not unveiling major new inside information on the intelligence agencies’ conclusion that the Russian government had directed the interference in the election.”

He said, he knew there was “great interest” in Russian interference in the election, but he indicated that public curiosity “have to wait for the release of an unclassified report on the matter early next week.”

As the Times writes, President Obama is being briefed today on the full, classified report, and “Trump will get an identical briefing on Friday.” Arizona Senator John McCain talked about Julian Assange saying, “I believe he is the one who’s responsible for publishing the names of individuals who work for us who put us in direct danger.”

Clapper did not agree with McCain’s question, “whether hacking the American elections would be an attack on the United States.” The Director of National Intelligence responded that,“Whether that constitutes an act of war is a very heavy call that I don’t think the intelligence community should make.”

Clapper offered the resignation to President Obama after presidential elections in the United States.

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