Allegations of Russian interference in US elections

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Barack Obama and Vladimir PutinIn this Sept. 28, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with Russian President President Vladimir Putin before a bilateral meeting at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The White House has ordered a full review of election cyber-attacks before U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office in January. The intelligence community is now taking a ‘deep dive’ into Russian hacking that may have influenced the 2016 elections.

CCTV’s Jim Spellman reports.

Allegations of Russian interference in US elections.

The White House ordered a full review of election year cyber-attacks. The intelligence community is now taking a 'deep dive' into Russian hacking that may have influenced the 2016 presidential race. CCTV America's Jim Spellman reports.

Allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election swirled throughout the campaign. A CIA report claims that Russian operatives hacked into Democratic Party emails and passed them on to WikiLeaks in an attempt to help Donald Trump win the presidency – and hurt the chances of the democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The report has not been made public but some U.S. senators were briefed on the intelligence earlier this week.

The White House says there is no evidence of any cyberattacks or hacking on Election Day that might have changed the vote tally or election results.

Donald Trump’s transition team slammed the inquiry referencing faulty intelligence that helped lead the U.S. into war in Iraq than a decade ago. In a statement the transition team writes:

“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction It’s now time to move on and “Make America Great Again.”

The U.S. has not publicly released any of the report or any direct evidence of Russian interference in the U.S. election. According to a U.S. intelligence source quoted by the Washington Post, the CIA does not have evidence directly linking the alleged hacking to the Kremlin.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the Russian government was not the source of the emails, but won’t say who the source was. Russia has long denied having any role in the US election.

“Does anyone seriously think Russia can somehow influence the choice of the US people? Is the U.S. some kind of banana republic? The United States is a great power. Please correct me if I’m wrong.” Russian President Vladimir Putin commented before the election.

Russia has called on the U.S. to make any evidence public.