Report: Obama Officials Worked to Protect Russia Election Hacking Intelligence
The New York Times is reporting that some officials from President Barack Obama's administration made efforts to make information about possible links between Donald Trump's campaign and Russian officials easier for future investigators to find.
The Times based its story on accounts from more than a half-dozen current and former officials, some of whom said they "were speaking to draw attention to the material and ensure proper investigation by Congress," the newspaper said.
The report says information came from multiple U.S. allies, including Britain and the Netherlands, describing meetings between Russian officials and Trump associates that took place in European cities. It also cites U.S. intelligence agency intercepts of Russian officials discussing contacts with Trump associates.
"The only new piece of information that has come to light is that political appointees in the Obama administration have sought to create a false narrative to make an excuse for their own defeat in the election," the Times quoted Spicer as saying.
The Times said the late days of the Obama administration featured officials working to process raw intelligence information into reports that were kept at a low level of classification to ensure more people could see them, and to pass along reports and sensitive information to members of Congress.
The newspaper said that according to former senior administration officials, Obama himself was not involved in the effort.
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Malaysia to Deport North Korean Held in Airport Killing
Malaysian authorities are preparing to deport a North Korean man who has been held as a suspect in connection with last month's death of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Forty-five year-old Ri Jon Chol has been in custody for nearly two weeks following the February 13 attack on Kim at an airport in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysian Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali said Thursday that the period under which Kim can be held without charges is set to run out, and that there is not enough evidence to file any charges against him, so he will be deported on Friday.
The two main female suspects in the case, a 25-year-old Indonesian and a 28-year-old Vietnamese, were charged with murder on Wednesday.
The women were not asked to enter pleas in the case, but have said they are innocent, and believed they were taking part in a prank for a television show. They each face the death penalty if convicted.