Monday, January 02, 2017

Trump Warns Against Blaming Russia for US Election Hacking

Trump Warns Against Blaming Russia for US Election Hacking

by Stephen Lendman

On New Year’s eve, Trump said “I think it’s unfair (to blame Russia) if we don’t know. It could be somebody else. I also know things that other people don’t know so we cannot be sure.”

“And so I want them to be sure. I think it’s unfair if they don’t know. And I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove.”

Asked what information he has, he said “(y)ou will find out on Tuesday or Wednesday,” without further elaboration. Last week, he said he’d be meeting with intelligence officials to be briefed on what they claim.

On Saturday, he said “(i)f you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old-fashioned way, because I’ll tell you what, no computer is safe.”

Asked about what Trump may know he hasn’t explained, his designated White House communications director Sean Spicer said “(i)t’s not a question of necessarily revealing.”

“He’s going to talk about his conclusions and where he thinks things stand. He’s not going to reveal anything that was privileged or was shared with him classified.” 

“I think he can share with people his conclusions of the report and his understanding of the situation and make sure people understand there’s a lot of (unanswered) questions out there.”

He called the FBI/DHS report alleging Russian hacking woefully inadequate and incomplete. It’s not final, he explained. Trump hasn’t seen it.

“(J)umping to conclusions before we have a final report is frankly irresponsible,” Spicer added. Separately he indicated “zero evidence” linking Russia to election hacking.

It’s clear why not. No hacking occurred. Information was leaked by one or more Democrat insiders upset about Hillary getting her party’s nomination the old-fashioned way - by stealing it.

Claiming Russian hacking to delegitimize Trump’s election is another DNC/Obama intelligence community dirty trick doomed to fail.

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