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Top US spy: Intel community not source of Trump leaks

Washington, Jan 12 (AFP) US intelligence chief James Clapper has expressed "profound dismay" to Donald Trump over

leaked details of a security briefing that reportedly contained explosive but unsubstantiated allegations about the

president-elect.


American intelligence officials last week presented to Trump, as well as to President Barack Obama, a two-page synopsis about the potentially embarrassing allegations involving Russia, according to CNN, The New York Times and

other media.


Clapper in a statement said that he and Trump spoke yesterday about unverified claims that his aides colluded with

the Kremlin to win the US election, and that Russia has compromising information on Trump. 


"This evening, I had the opportunity to speak with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss recent media reports

about our briefing last Friday," Clapper said. 


Trump at a press conference yesterday denied explosive allegations about his ties to Russia, and attacked US
intelligence agencies and the media over the allegations.


But Clapper said he told the incoming US president that it is doubtful that the leak came from within the intelligence
community.


"I emphasised that this document is not a US intelligence community product and that I do not believe the leaks came
from within the IC," Clapper said. 


"The IC has not made any judgement that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any
way for our conclusions," he added. (AFP) CPS



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