Taking Aim at Trump, Leaders Strongly Affirm Findings on Russian Hacking
WASHINGTON — Rebuffing efforts by President-elect Donald Trump to cast doubt on Russian interference in the presidential election, top intelligence officials and senators from both parties on Thursday issued a forceful affirmation of the findings. They took relentless aim at Trump’s public skepticism and suggested he had negatively affected morale in the intelligence community.
华盛顿——最高情报官员和两党参议员本周四都对候任总统唐纳德·特朗普(Donald J. Trump)针对俄罗斯干预总统选举表示怀疑的努力予以抵制，并且对调查结果予以强有力的确认。他们对特朗普公开持疑的态度进行了严厉抨击，并暗示他对情报界的士气产生了负面影响。
“There’s a difference between skepticism and disparagement,” James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, said at the hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“怀疑和蔑视是不同的，”美国国家情报总监小詹姆斯·R·克拉珀(James R. Clapper Jr.)在参议院军事委员会(Senate Armed Services Committee)的听证会上说。
Clapper added that “our assessment now is even more resolute” that the Russians carried out the attack on the election. President Barack Obama received a classified briefing on the intelligence community’s findings today, followed by one for Trump on Friday. An unclassified report will be released to the public next week.
The hacking was only one part of the Russian endeavor, which also included the dissemination of “classical propaganda, disinformation, fake news,” Clapper said.
The gathering was extraordinary as much for its context as its content — a public, bipartisan display of support for the intelligence community that seemed aimed, at times, at an audience of one.
Though Clapper and most Republican senators were careful to avoid antagonizing the president-elect directly, the hearing spoke to the rift Trump has threatened to create between the incoming administration and the intelligence officials tasked with informing it.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and chairman of the committee, said the purpose of the gathering was “not to question the outcome of the presidential election” but to move forward with a full understanding of what had happened.
Repeatedly, though, McCain and his colleagues seemed to undercut Trump’s past messages of support for Russia and Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, whom Trump has appeared to defend.
“Do you think there’s any credibility we should attach to this individual?” McCain asked.
“Not in my view,” Clapper said. Another witness at the hearing, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, a leader of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, said he agreed.
“我不认为应该这样，”克拉珀说道。另一名证人、国家安全局和美国网络战司令部负责人迈克尔·S·罗杰斯海军上将(Adm. Michael S.Rogers)也赞同这种说法。
Clapper, while withholding revelations about the Russian attack ahead of next week’s release, did promise to “push the envelope” in declassifying as much detail as possible.