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elections that we need to take action and we will at a time and place of our own choosing. >> president obama wasn't specific about the form u.s. response might take or when something like that would happen. he said some of it may be explicit and publicized. some may not be. this as a u.s. official confirms u.s. agencies believe putin ordered the cyber attacks. for the latest on that, let's get to cnn's jim sciutto. >> reporter: it has been the belief that u.s. intelligence community called russia out for this a month before the election that this hacking operation would have required the senior most russian official approval. the russian system is a top heavy system. that means vladimir putin. since then, confidence has increased and we have been learning of the case. the cyber weapons that were used in the attack.
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the most sophisticated which would require vladimir putin to okay the use of the tools. that in addition to other intelligence and human sources leading to that conclusion today that vladimir putin ordered this attack on the u.s. democratic system. the word they are using is it continued unabated since the election on party institutions and party organizations, including but not limited to the democrats. we understand another attempted phishing attack. where you click on a link and allows malware to get on the computer. it was a failed attack on the decli clinton campaign since the first attack. they interrupted with the u.s. system whether or not they wanted donald trump to win. it was successful here and western democracies in europe and eastern europe.
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>> jim, thank you. the white house taking a more aggressive stance against donald trump on the russian election meddling. this week, trump called cia warnings ridiculous. he is not easing up. thursday, he tweeted this. if russia or some other entity hacking, why did the white house wait some long? why did they complain after hillary lost? the claim is false. the administration publicly accused hacking back in early october. a month before the election. privately, president obama met with vladimir putin in september. reportedly warning him to stop hacking or face consequences. >> the issue increasing friction with the obama administration and incoming trump team. josh earnest insisted it was obvious that trump knew russia was interfering in the election. last night, trump lashed back at the white house spokesman in
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hershey, pennsylvania. sunlen serfa sunlen serfaty has the latest. >> reporter: good morning, christine and alison. a transition official tells cnn that trump is concerned about the intelligence community's findings that russia engaged in hacking during the election. he made absolutely no mention of this issue here at his rally in hershey, pennsylvania. he did seem to however wade a bit into the personal rift growing between the incoming administration of his and the white house right now. hours after white house press secretary josh earnest from the white house podium told reporters trump had to have known about the russian hacks. donald trump attacked josh earnest by name. here is what he had to say. >> although this foolish guy, josh earnest. i don't know if he is talking to president obama. having the right press secretary is so important because he is so bad the way he delivers a message. he can deliver a positive
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message and it sounds bad. he could say, ladies and gentlemen, today we have totally defeated isis and it would not sound good. okay? all right? i have a feeling they won't be saying it, but i know we will be saying it. >> reporter: the president-elect will be back on the road today. heading to orlando for the next stop of the thank you tour. >> thank you. president-elect picked ambassador to israel. in a statement announcing david friedman, the trump transition makes a mention of moving the embassy which breaks move of decades of policy based on the fact that palestinians claim jerusalem as their capital. friedman says he does not believe the settlement activity is illegal. a stance that runs counter to longstanding u.s. policy. other concerns about donald
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transiti transition. so much to talk about. let's bring in political reporter eugene scott live in washington. happy friday. there is so much to read. i'm reading all of this that happened overnight. let's start this off by saying a u.s. official confirms to cnn that agencies believe that vladimir putin ordered the cyber attacks. since then, you have president obama coming out and saying, there will be retribution for this and consequences. then some may say josh earnest coming out and being more poignant. listen. >> it is just a fact. you have it on tape that the republican nominee for president was encouraging russia to hack his opponent because he believed that would help his campaign. i recognize the defense from the trump campaign is that he was
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joking. i don't think fib at tanybody a white house thinks it is funny. >> donald trump went to twitter and said if russia or other entity was hacking, why did the white house only complain after hillary lost? you know, the one thing that comes to mind here is that photo op with president-elect trump at the white house after elected with president obama. then president obama saying i want to help the transition. >> so much for that. >> i feel there is a huge rift. all bets are off. >> that is what i was thinking when i read that statement. i remember writing the article where donald trump said i really like president obama and i love his ideas. that love is no extending to the administration. i think what he will have to do is deny the accusations that earnest is making if it is
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really true. if he did not know and if he did not ask russia to do what it is that intelligence believes he did. the problem is we have the recording saying russia, if you are listening, we hope you can find helps e-maithese e-mails. whether or not he will be active in pursuing this, time will tell. >> you know, the president promising retribution, but he only has 36 days to get it done. john podesta, someone's e-mails why hacked and broadcast for the world to see. this is what he said in the washington post. comparing the fbi massive response to the e-mails scandal with the lackadaisical response, shows something is deeply broken at the fbi. he is demanding declassifying some of the material surrounding the source of the russian hack. he demanded the electoral
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college briefed on this before the december 19th deadline. what does the john podesta story do to change or is it jump sour grapes? >> the furthers the concern that issues of comey may have been political. we need to see what the investigation reveals. it would be helpful to have more information about why this department decided to focus on e-mails opposed to the alleged hacking when intelligence suggesting it was happening. not that investigating both are mutually exclusive. people on both sides certainly want more information. >> they alerted i.t. and the potential for russian hacking. they had a whole team investigating on the premises with the tech firm that set up her private server. it showed a very different level
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of importance. >> the focus was not the same. people want to know why the focus was what it was. what is interesting the revelations about how high up involvement went with russia in terms of the alleged hacking. what we will be interested in seeing is how far up int intelligence went here statewide regarding what was happening. >> one of the concerns with the trump camp is the talking of russia interfering in the election, undermines the country. undermines a trump presidency. we have the electoral college voting on monday. there is a storm brewing to convince the folks not to vote for trump. that would not work. the house of representatives has the final say in that situation. it is a republican house. the effort brewing to undermine the fact that trump won the election. >> you would think that
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americans and future president-elect and everyone supporting him would want more information about this. this is not about trump or the election. this is about russia violating the trust of the american people and getting involved in our election process. that should be a bipartisan issue if i ever heard of one. this is not about trump at this point. >> many republicans are coming out and saying donald trump, you have to acknowledge this happened. >> the fbi should investigate the role. there are cyber security experts who say it is ongoing. thank you so much. come back in a few minutes. 2:15 eastern time, the president giving a press conference. trump is going to orlando today. so much happening. i look forward to it. get a cup of coffee and come back. syrian state tv reporting evacuations have been suspended in aleppo. thousands of people are still trapped in the city. we will tell you the latest next.
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fluid changing situation in syria. the evacuation of civilians out of aleppo has stopped. syrian state television says the evacuations were halted because the cease-fire was broken by the rebels. activists are blaming it on shi'ites in aleppo and reports of firing on the convoys of people leaving. cnn's jomana karadsheh joins us live to explain the complex and quick-changing conflict. jomana, what do we know right now? >> reporter: what we do know, christine, these evacuations seem to have been suspended for now. of course, we don't know what prompted this pause in the evacuations. we are getting different versions of what is happening on the ground with so many parties involved in the agreement on the
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ground. we heard a short time ago from the international committee of the red cross tweeting saying regretfully the operation was put on hold. they want to proceed in the right conditions. first news of this breakdown in at agreement was through syrian state media. the regime state media in which they reported the rebels they described at terrorists violated the agreement. they attacked the crossing point where people are evacuated to outside the besieged neighborhood. the main crossing point with east and regime-held west. they also say there were several other violations by the rebels. they tried to smuggle out captives being held in eastern aleppo and heavy weapons. not part of the deal. we hear the regime just shut
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that crossing. so many different versions. we will try to get you more on the situation on the ground. i can tell you earlier today we spoke to people on the ground in eastern aleppo. activists very concerned we were going to see something like this. very fragile deal. we heard from aid officials. this could happen. >> so many hopes. tell me how many refugees have been evacuated at this point. what is their situation? >> reporter: what we know, christine, the numbers be -- we got different figures. the numbers vary from 6,000 to 9,000 according to an official. he said 8,000 people had been evacuated in five convoys. six convoy on the move to get out. what we know this is a combination of civilians wounded who are in real need of medical attention as well as rebel
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fighters. taken out of the besieged neighborhoods into the western aleppo countryside and people decide if they want to go to neighboring idlib province under rebel control or if they want to proceed to the turkish border. now we don't know how many people are left in the besieged neighborhoods. a few days ago, the estimate was was 50,000 people. now 8,000 people have left. now concern there are tens of thousands who may still remain in the besieged neighborhoods. this is all up in the air. >> when you see the pictures of children in the windows of buses getting out and trying to get out of there in the cold and uncertainty in a refugee camp. frightening to think people still stuck there. let us know if there are developments. thank you. and the basketball world remembering a beloved figure who
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left a colorful legacy. sideline reporter craig sager passing away from cancer. coy wire has the bleacher report coming up next.
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war-torn city. we have the latest. welcome back to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm christine romans. it is 29 minutes after the hour. let's begin here with the news of president obama vowing to take action in response to russian hacking of the u.s. election. in an interview with npr, the president said he has directly confronted vladimir putin warning the russian president of the potential u.s. response. >> i think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the even at the integrity of our elections, we need to take action and we will at a time and place of our own choosing. >> the president was not specific of the form of u.s. response, but he said some of it may be explicit and publicized and some of it may not be. this as a u.s. official confirms to cnn, agencies believe putin
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ordered the cyber attacks. for the latest, let's get to national correspondent jim sciutto. >> reporter: it has been the belief that u.s. intelligence community since they called russia out for this a month before the election that this hacking operation would have required the senior most russian official approval. it is a top heavy system in russia. that means vladimir putin. since then, the confidence has increased and we have been learning today why that is the case because of the sophisticated hacking tool. cyber weapons used in the attack. the most sophisticated to require vladimir putin to okay the use of the tools. that in addition to other intelligence, human sources, leading to that conclusion that vladimir putin ordered this attack on the u.s. democratic system. the word they are using is it an continued unabated since the election on party institutions and party organizations including but not limited to the
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departme democrats. we understand another attempted phishing attack where you click on a link and it allows malware to get into the computers. a failed attack on the clinton campaign since the last year. part of the reason being it worked. they interrupted and interfered with the election system whether or not they wanted trump to win. it has been successful here. western democracies in europe and eastern europe. they expect it to continue. >> jim sciutto, thank you. the white house is taking a more aggressive stance toward donald trump. alarmed by the president-elect's dismissal of u.s. intelligence on russian election meddling. this week, trump called cia warnings ridiculous. he hasn't eased up since. on thursday, he tweeted this, if russia or other entity was hacking, why did the white house wait so long to act? why did they complain after hillary lost? that claim is false.
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the administration first publicly accused russia of hacking back in early october, a month before the election, and privately obama met with putin in september. the new york times reporting that obama warned putin to stop hacking or face consequences. >> this is bringing forward conflict between the obama administration and the incoming trump team. josh earnest spoke out and we have sunlen serfaty with that part of the story. >> reporter: good morning, christine and alison. a transition official tells cnn that donald trump is concerned about the intelligence community's findings that russia engaged in hacking during the election. he made absolutely no mention of the issue here at his rally in hershey, pennsylvania. he did seem to however wade a bit into the personal rift
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growing with the incoming administration and the white house. hours after josh earnest from the white house podium told reporters that donald trump had to have known about the russian hacks. trump attacked josh earnest by name. here is what he had to say. >> although the foolish guy josh earnest. i don't know if he is talking to president obama. you know, having the right press secretary is so important because he is so bad the way he delivers a message. he can deliver a positive message and it sounds bad. he could say, ladies and gentlemen, today we have totally defeated isis and it would not sound good, okay? all right? i have a feeling they won't be saying it, but i know we will be saying it. >> reporter: the president-elect is back on the road today. heading to orlando for the next stop on the thank you tour. >> sunlen serfaty, thank you for that. president-elect trump has picked
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a campaign adviser aligned with the far right as ambassador to the country. in a statement announcing the nomination of david friedman, the statement of moving the american embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. that would break with the policy based on the fact that palestinians claim jerusalem as their capital. friedman he says he does not believe the settlement activity is illegal. that is counter to longstanding u.s. policy. russian hacking dominatindo the conversation. let's bring back our political reporter eugene scott. let's start on the real transition, if you will, in the relationship with president obama and donald trump here. the very beginning, it looked like the white house is working with donald trump. now the influence of russian intelligence on the election. the president will speak at 2:15
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this afternoon. you hear from donald trump in orlando today. push it forward for me. do you think we will hear more about two different world views of vladimir putin in the events later today? >> i think we will certainly. one reason is a lot of focus is whether or not russia was involved in hacking the 2016 election. as we previously reported, we have information that says russia continues to be involved in hacking in the united states. there is concern that this will not stop unless some stronger action is being taken. whether or not that action will be taken when trump heads to the white house is not clear. i think president obama wants to make it known to the american people this is something that deserves our attention. >> the question is obviously the fbi or the cia coming out and saying there is evidence. we know that russia was involved in the hacking of the u.s. election. meantime, you have a spokesperson from the kremlin
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last week saying prove it. tell us the evidence of what you got or stop talking about it. in the meantime, you have vladimir putin with shinzo abe, the japan prime minister out and about today. we are not hearing about this from putin either. the spokesperson from the kremlin is saying put up or shut up. >> whether or not that will be made public the way they want it to be is highly unlikely. what we have to realize is investigations are still ongoing. the current president wants to see more investigations happening. we have recording that says privately donald trump is concerned. whether or not he will speak to the concerns publicly is still unclear in part because he really believes that the concern and conversation is about undermining his election. the truth is it is way bigger than that. >> fascinating the idea this was brought up back in october. a lot of discussion at the white house according to gloria borger
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and other reporters at the time not wanting to appear they were helping hillary clinton who they expected would win the election. by saying that putin was in there and the russians were in there. here is my question. what can the president, president obama do? he gave that interview on npr this warning and explicitly or outright, we will retaliate. what can they do in the next 35 days? >> i think what they will try to do is increase the confidence in the intelligence from people on both sides so they understand how serious this is and more importantly this is not about the election. this is about another government going into private information having access to data that we don't want this country to have about us. this is not a democratic issue. this is why we see republicans expressing concern as well. letting hopefully know the transition team know that if something is not done, it can
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only get worse. >> interesting, hillary clinton was at a donor event last night in new york and talked about the russian hacking. she gave us a little bit of insight. her opinion as to why vladimir putin may have taken the side of trump saying this stems from comments she made back in 2011 during parliamentary elections in russia. saying that she had concerns about irrelevagularities in rus. and vladimir putin, when clinton was secretary of state, that clinton incited that sentiment that he did not want in his country after an election. >> i imagine that definitely did not win a lot of support for putin from some of his own residents. we have seen this is not the first time that the russian government has been accused of hacking into an election. it wasn't a far fetched idea as all.
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whether or not this will stop remains to be seen. i think what we did see or what clinton tried to argue is that putin knew that clinton would be harsher on her regarding this issue than donald trump will be. someone who said favorable things about the russian leader. >> you know, eugene scott, thank you for getting up early for us. >> thanks for having me. >> early bird gets the worm. those productive people are up right now. or they are going to bed on the west coast. thank you so much. nice to see you. time for an early start on your money. the dow jones industrial average. will it make another push to 20,000 today? dow 20,000. since the election, the dow up 1,500 points. if it holds true, that is the biggest election rally in history. the closest was bill clinton's in 1996. in the five weeks following the clinton election, the dow jumped 5.2%. the first year in office for
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rebels breached a cease-fire agreement with the regime. but it is being blamed on shi'ites who live in aleppo. cnn's kaufrjomana karadsheh is joining us live to explain the complex situation. jomana. >> reporter: it is a very complex situation. that was one of the main concerns when it came to the implementation of this deal, alison. you are looking at so many groups fighting on the ground when you look on the assad regime side. you have different militias. iranian military fighting on their side. they have iranian militias and lebanese militias. on the rebel side, multiple groups fighting under that umbrella of the opposition. what we know at this point is that this operation and evacuations has been suspended. we heard that from multiple
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sources at this point. the regional director at the committee of the red cross tweeted the operation was put on hold regretfully. we urge the parties to ensure it can be relaunched and proceed in the right conditions. we heard this news come to us first from the regime's state-run television and they said they accused the rebels who they describe as terrorists of attacking the crossing point with the besieged neighborhoods and western aleppo under regime control. there was firing and shelling. they accused the rebels of violating agreement by smuggling out captives holding in the east as well as heavy weapons. that is not part of the deal. from the other side, we hear from activists in eastern aleppo who were saying it was the iranian militias on the side of the regime who led to the breakdown of the agreement. accusing them of shutting down
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the crossing and opening fire. so many narratives and a complex situation to decide what is going on. i can tell you there was a lot of concern we could see this because of the complexity of the situation on the ground with so many groups in the fragile agreement. >> jomana, i want to know about the refugee whos who did manage escape. where are they right now? >> reporter: we are getting different figures. 6,000 to 9,000. a combination of civilians, wounded and also rebel fighters who have been taken out so far. estimates of how many left is up in the air. estimates from the united nations a few days ago about 50,000 people. if you take out the 8,000 already evacuated, that means we are looking at thousands who may still be trapped in eastern aleppo. >> such a delicate and desperate situation. hopefully those evacuations will
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resu resume. thank you. let's go to chris cuomo talking about what is coming up on "new day." >> thank you. good morning, ladies. you are talking about aleppo. the consistency is what counts. this is a situation you have to monitor. historically, you are dealing with the biggest losses of life in recent conflicts. hundreds of thousands of innocent people have died. these are big humanitarian and strategic issues. we will go into them as christine said. we are going into the intelligence reports as christine said. this conclusion that russia was behind what was done during the election with the hacks and that went all the way up to the kremlin and putin. how do they know? intelligence reports are easy to push back on because the sourcing and the methods are
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often confidential for obvious reasons. president-elect has concerns about the issue, but not acknowledging the intelligence findings everybody else is. the white house is speaking up. the president promising action against russia. his press secretary going right after the president-elect. the rift with the current and incoming administrations now growing. this is politics getting in the way of something that is an existential threat to the cyber security. we will get into it. >> so much going on. we will hear from the president today and donald trump when he gets to orlando for the thank you tour. a lot to chew over. chris cuomo, thank you. if you have not noticed this year, dolly parton is everywhere. 50 years in the business. she is current today. she is a verified business mogul. stand by for mba-style advice
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especially in my business. with slow internet from the phone company, you can't keep up. you're stuck, watching spinning wheels and progress bars until someone else scoops your story. switch to comcast business. with high-speed internet up to 10 gigabits per second. you wouldn't pick a slow race car. then why settle for slow internet? comcast business. built for speed. built for business. a south carolina jury convicted dylann roof on all charges in the shooting death of nine people in the emanuel ame church. cnn's nick valencia has more from charleston. >> reporter: alison, it came as no surprise from those in the courtroom. dylann roof found guilty in the murder of nine people in june of
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2015 at he meeman sduelame chur. the verdicts were read one count after another. the jurors decided that dylann roof was guilty in the murders of the nine people. little emotion shown. the most emotion came from the family members of the victims. some bowing heads seemingly in prayer. others wiping their brow and others wiping the tears from their eyes. thursday, it was emotional. the emotion punctuated by an image of the bloody bodies of the worshippers lying down on the floor of the bible study. dylann roof accused of shooting the victims 77 times in all. the prosecution in the closing arguments saying dylann roof should be held accountable for every single shot. the defense hopes the jurors took into consideration their client might be delusional and skewed about perception in reality.
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the next phase is the penalty phase which is expected to be january 3rd. >> thank you, nick. dolly parton is everywhere this year. she was just on "the voice." her telethon brought in $9 million for wildfire victims in tennessee which came close to the theme park she owns. she dropped an album and wrapping up the solo tour. i spent time with her on the tour where she doled out the best business advice ever. >> when you were starting, did you think if i endure and make sure the music business doesn't take advantage of me, i have to be in control of my image and sound and my business every angle of it. >> you said it when you said the business. it is called the music business. my dad told me that when i left home. he said don't let people steal your money. he said pay attention to your own things. as soon as i could, i started my
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publishing company and i have my own record label now. it is important as soon as you can to keep all of your goods close to home where you can control it and know what is happening with it. my dad had 12 children. he just managed everything. in fact, that is where i like to think i get my business sense. he was a great barter and horse trader as they say. street smarts. >> i bet along the way people said no to you. you have been sitting across the table from a fat cat executive who said no. you had to really hold your ground. >> oh, yeah. i can do that. like i said, i'm an easy going. people say do you ever lose your temper. i said i don't lose it, but i use it sometimes. >> i feel i have a dolly parton mba. her best business advice. find people you trust who know more than you and give them room to succeed. sounds like good business advice. use your temper. don't lose your temper.
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be true to your brand. she leaves in her wear rhinestone and her crew calls them dolly droppings. she made a lot of money on the passion. you can see more on cnnmoney.com. ten things you don't know about dolly. good for anybody in business. i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik. president obama warning vladimir putin vowing retaliation for the russian intrusion use tinto the election. "new day" begins now. >> hacking tools can point to the highest levels of government. >> republican nominee calling on russia to hack his opponent. >> this foolish guy josh earnest. having the right press secretary is important. >> we will hit you and hit you hard. >> sanctions is not something the administration will lead with. >> when any foreign government tries to impact the inn ttegritf
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our elections we will take action. evacuations are suspended in aleppo. >> we have seen slaughter. >> no one knows how many people are left in the besieged neighborhoods. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> a busy friday. welcome to "new day." december 16th. 6:00 in the east. we begin with the damning intelligence that strongly suggests that vladimir putin was involved in hacking the u.s. presidential election and the hacks are still ongoing. >> one thing is for sure the news of the intel is raising tensions between the u.s. and rusha and raising tensions between the white house and president-elect trump's transition team which continues to publicly deny the hacking. we have every angle covered for you. let's start with cnn correspondent justin perez.
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>> russian spy agencies deployed sophisticated hacking tools the kind by the nsa to break into organizations in the past year. u.s. officials tell cnn that this is part of the reason why intelligence officials are believed persistently that russian president vladimir putin ordered the information campaign that targeted the presidential campaign. investigators haven't found evidence directly linking back to putin but officials believe because of the nature of the operation, he would have had to give the orders on what to do with the stolen e-mails. intelligence agencies have collected more evidence, including from human sources to back up these assessments. they first made in october that only the most senior members of the russian government could have ordered this operation. and hacking hasn't stopped. law enforcement sources tell cnn that the fbi is now investigating hacking attempts after the election targeting clinton campaign staffers. campaign officls

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