Senate committee concludes Russia used Manafort, WikiLeaks to boost Trump in 2016 - 2020-08-18

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F349.png Senate committee concludes Russia used Manafort, WikiLeaks to boost Trump in 2016 August 18, 2020, Mark Hosenball, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia used Republican political operative Paul Manafort and the WikiLeaks website to try to help now-U.S. President Donald Trump win the 2016 election, a Republican-led Senate committee said in its final review of the matter on Tuesday.

WikiLeaks played a key role in Russia's effort to assist Republican Trump's campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton and likely knew it was helping Russian intelligence, said the 966-page report, which is likely to be the most definitive public account of the 2016 election controversy.

The report found President Vladimir Putin personally directed the Russian efforts to hack computer networks and accounts affiliated with the Democratic Party and leak information damaging to Clinton.

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{{cite news | first = Mark | last = Hosenball | title = Senate committee concludes Russia used Manafort, WikiLeaks to boost Trump in 2016 | url = https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-senate-idUSKCN25E1US | work = Reuters | date = August 18, 2020 | accessdate = October 2, 2021 }}