Russian meddling in the election is already a partisan issue, intel officials fret

A string of leaks describing an internal CIA intelligence analysis that concluded Russia worked to elect Donald Trump to the presidency is rattling intelligence officials, who worry the spin from both sides of the political aisle could hamper efforts to thoroughly investigate Moscow’s meddling in the election.

“Politicization does not really happen from within the [intelligence community]. It happens outside of it,” one US intelligence official told BuzzFeed News. “Right now, both sides are doing it.”

The Washington Post reported last week that the CIA had briefed Congress on a secret analysis that showed Russia was not only working to undermine the US election, but actively worked to elect Donald Trump, a conclusion that the FBI did not endorse.