Assange Suckers Trump, Intel Community Testifies

Trump on Wednesday sided with Assange and again questioned the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia tried to help his candidacy and hurt Clinton’s. [Reuters]

IT IS particularly illuminating that POTUS-elect Trump took Julian Assange‘s statements on the information Wikileaks received as being confirmation that Russia, as a state actor, wasn’t involved in the recent hacking that has sent everyone scrambling to describe.

How ignorant is our new commander in chief?

Or maybe he’s a willful idiot?

Does he not understand how this stuff works? The answer is a resounding no.

Julian Assange said no “state actor” gave him the information, that he didn’t get it from Russia. Now we learn that the alleged sexual predator was parsing words for his Sean Hannity interview. Assange didn’t get the stolen material from Russia because they handed it off to a “third party.”

Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham and other Republicans are dutifully exposing our new president for what he is when it comes to national security and foreign policy.

Democrats are helping but they can only do so much. Senator Claire McCaskill applauded her colleagues for having the intelligence hearing today on Capitol Hill, which we all should hope will send a message to Missourians that will help her come reelection season.

The assault on the U.S. intelligence community by President-elect Donald Trump revolves around motive. I’d like to know Trump’s motives for criticizing intelligence before being fully briefed.

Mike Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser, who has scores to settle with the U.S. intelligence community, has to be part of this embarrassingly naive and potentially dangerous display.

From Reuters

U.S. intelligence agencies obtained what they considered to be conclusive evidence after the November election that Russia provided hacked material from the Democratic National Committee to WikiLeaks through a third party, three U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

U.S. officials had concluded months earlier that Russian intelligence agencies had directed the hacking, but had been less certain that they could prove Russia also had controlled the release of information damaging to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

[…] The officials declined to describe the intelligence obtained about the involvement of a third-party in passing on leaked material to WikiLeaks, saying they did not want to reveal how the U.S. government had obtained the information.

In an interview with Fox News, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he did not receive emails stolen from the DNC and top Hillary Clinton aide John Podesta from “a state party.” Assange did not rule out the possibility that he got the material from a third party.