Putin personally authorized a secret spy agency operation to support Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
According to what The Guardian has assessed to be leaked Kremlin documents,
The key meeting took place on 22 January 2016, the papers suggest, with the Russian president, his spy chiefs and senior ministers all present.
They agreed a Trump White House would help secure Moscow’s strategic objectives, among them “social turmoil” in the US and a weakening of the American president’s negotiating position.
Russia’s three spy agencies were ordered to find practical ways to support Trump, in a decree appearing to bear Putin’s signature.
By this point Trump was the frontrunner in the Republican party’s nomination race. A report prepared by Putin’s expert department recommended Moscow use “all possible force” to ensure a Trump victory.
There is a brief psychological assessment of Trump, who is described as an
“impulsive, mentally unstable and unbalanced individual who suffers from an inferiority complex”.
Western intelligence agencies are understood to have been aware of the documents for some months and to have carefully examined them. The papers, seen by the Guardian, seem to represent a serious and highly unusual leak from within the Kremlin.
The Kremlin also apparently possesses kompromat (potentially compromising material) on Trump from his earlier
“non-official visits to Russian Federation territory”.
The Guardian says,
There are paragraphs on how Russia might insert “media viruses” into American public life, which could become self-sustaining and self-replicating. These would alter mass consciousness, especially in certain groups, it says.
Written in bureaucratic language, the papers appear to offer an unprecedented glimpse into the usually hidden world of Russian government decision-making.
The papers appear to set out a road map for what actually happened in 2016.
(via The Guardian)