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What the Kremlin papers said about Trump

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 powerDonald Trump and Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Helsinki.

 Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Helsinki. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Vivian Ho

Good morning.

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

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