Mostly bipartisan Senate Intel Committee report on Russia highlights Manafort’s role
Senate report: Manafort collaborated with Russian agent Konstantin Kilimnik
Intelligence Committee believes Kilimnik was involved in hacker attacks on Democrats
Former Donald Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort worked closely with a Russian intelligence agent who may have been involved in hacking and distributing Democrats’ emails during the election, the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded in a bipartisan report that was released Tuesday.
As stated by Politico, this is the first time that the US authorities have named Manafort’s longtime partner Konstantin Kilimnik an agent of the Russian government..
“Kilimnik quickly became an integral part of Manafort’s activities in Ukraine and Russia,” the authors of the report said, adding that they “formed a close and lasting relationship that lasted until the 2016 US elections and beyond.”.
The 966-page report, which is the result of a bipartisan investigation by the committee, says contacts between Trump’s headquarters and operatives associated with Russian intelligence were deeper and more extensive than previously thought..
The authors of the report also admit the possibility that Manafort was personally involved in the hacker attack on the campaign headquarters of Hillary Clinton and the subsequent publication of the stolen materials. According to the committee, some evidence indicates that Kilimnik may have been associated with this operation, which was led by the GRU..
The committee warned that the extent of Manafort’s personal involvement in the operation is difficult to ascertain due to the lack of complete information on many of the conversations between Manafort and Kilimnik..
“Kilimnik maintained constant contact with Manafort before, during and after the GRU cyber operations and the campaign of influence, but the committee did not receive reliable direct evidence that Kilimnik and Manafort discussed a GRU hack and leak operation,” the report says..
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