U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he spoke with President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday evening to discuss media leaks of a classified intelligence briefing on Russian hacking that Trump received last Friday, Reuters reports.
Clapper said in a statement that he does not believe the U.S. intelligence community leaked a private security document alleging Russian intelligence operatives have compromising information on Trump.
"I emphasized that this document is not a U.S. Intelligence Community product and that I do not believe the leaks came from within the IC," Clapper said.
As it was reported earlier, American daily Buzzfeed posted a 35-pages report of Russia’s special forces compromising information on US President-elect Donald Trump. The daily referred to a person who has claimed to be a former British intelligence official. The dossier, which is a collection of memos written over a period of months, includes specific, unverified, and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians of Trump when he was in Moscow in 2013. In particular, it claims that Russian security services were recording Trump’s room at the Ritz Carlton, where Trump invited prostitutes.BuzzFeed News reporters in the US and Europe have been investigating various alleged facts in the dossier but have not verified or falsified them.
Later, the president-elect Donald Trump claimed during his first news conference since winning the election that he does not have any financial ties or business with Russia.
“I have no deals in Russia, I have no deals that could happen with Russia and I have no loans in Russia,” Trump said. “We could make deals in Russia very easily. I just don’t want to, because I think that would be a conflict.”