Russian President Vladimir Putin personally greenlit an operation by his country’s spy agency to support Donald Trump’s bid for the U.S. presidency in 2016, the Guardian reported, citing leaked Kremlin documents that highlight the depth of Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections, and claim the Kremlin had compromising material about Trump.
According to the Guardian, the leaked papers claim Putin met with his spy chiefs and senior ministers in January 2016 where they decided to back a “mentally unstable” Donald Trump, the Guardian reported.
The Kremlin leadership reportedly agreed that having Trump in the White House would push the U.S. into “social turmoil and weaken Washington’s negotiating position.
Following the meeting, Putin reportedly issued a decree where he ordered the country’s three spy agencies to “find practical ways” to back Trump—who had by now become the Republican party’s frontrunner for nomination.
The leaked documents, which reportedly were classified secrets, reportedly includes a brief psychological profile of the former president who is described as “impulsive, mentally unstable and unbalanced individual who suffers from an inferiority complex.”
The documents also claim the Kremlin had unspecified “kompromat, or potentially compromising material” on Trump.
While the veracity of the documents have not been officially established, the Guardian says it has been seen by independent experts who say they appear to be genuine.
The Kremlin has dismissed the Guardian’s report with Putin’s press secretary Dmitri Peskov saying the idea that Russian leader met and agreed to support Trump in 2016 was “a great pulp fiction.”
This is a developing story.