"It wasn't part of the corpus of intelligence information that we had," he said. "It was not in any way used as a basis for the intelligence community assessment that was done."
It's an issue that has been brewing for months in clandestine U.S. intelligence circles but burst into public debate last week, when former CIA Director John O. Brennan suddenly told lawmakers, "I know what the Russians try to do. They try to suborn individuals and try to get individuals, including U.S. individuals, to act on their behalf, wittingly or unwittingly."
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