The Associated Press has become the latest news organization to retract a claim alleging that all 17 US intelligence agencies agreed that Russia was behind the hack of Democratic emails and tried to swing the election in favor of Republican Donald Trump.
The claim has repeatedly appeared in the news agency’s reporting in recent months, most recently on June 29 in a piece by White House Reporter Ken Thomas.
“All 17 US intelligence agencies have agreed Russia was behind last year’s hack of Democratic email systems and tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Trump,” the story states.
In stories published April 6, June 2, June 26 and June 29, The Associated Press reported that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump. That assessment was based on information collected by three agencies Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which represents all U.S. intelligence agencies. Not all 17 intelligence agencies were involved in reaching the assessment.