'Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault'

Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous, reporting for the Washington Post:

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

One of the most harrowing pieces of journalism I've ever read. To the degree that our toxic political culture got in the way of defending our most precious democratic institution will be something future generations will never forgive us for.