A Guardian investigation revealed that western intelligence agencies have been examining for some time the papers documenting a Russian plot to put Donald Trump in power
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Helsinki. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Yesterday the Guardian broke the story of the Kremlin papers, documents purportedly revealing that Vladimir Putin personally authorized a secret, multi-agency spy operation to support Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election.
In delving deeper into the papers, it appears the plot was presented as being entirely defensive: “At the moment the Russian Federation finds itself in a predicament. American measures continue to be felt in all areas of public life,” the papers begin.
- The papers list Trump’s personality flaws and “inferiority complex” as reasons why he would be perfect to weaken the US’s negotiating position.
- Evidence of Trump’s flaws was collected from surveillance and observation of his previous trips to Russia, the documents state