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US Intelligence Leaders Push Back on Trump Attacks

US Intelligence Leaders Push Back on Trump Attacks”

In tweets this week, Trump ridiculed the Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation conclusions, which are supported by outgoing President Barack Obama, that hackers working at the bidding of the Russian government stole embarrassing Democratic Party documents from the party's computers and leaked the via WikiLeaks to undermine the presidential campaign of Trump rival Hillary Clinton.

On Tuesday, however, Trump continued to taunt the USA intelligence community about its assessment that Russia was behind the cyberattacks, tweeting, "The "Intelligence" briefing on so-called ' Russian hacking' was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case".

Senior Russian officials celebrated Donald Trump's election victory last month as a win for Moscow, based on communications intercepted by USA intelligence agencies - leading officials to conclude the Kremlin meddled in the process to try to help Trump secure the White House, according to news reports. "We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump", the report said.

But asked in the hearing to provide more proof of their conclusion, Clapper said he could not reveal details publicly.

Trump released a statement soon after receiving a briefing from the Director of National Intelligence and directors of the FBI, CIA and NSA, focusing on a report to the White House on hacking for which intelligence leaders believe the Russian government is responsible.

He said he has "tremendous respect" for USA intelligence officials, but insisted that he won't air the contents of their briefing.

Obama, who was briefed on the report Thursday, had already taken retaliatory action against Russia at the end of December, ordering 35 Russian officials called he called intelligence agents expelled and hitting a number of Russian officials and organizations with sanctions.

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Donald Trump says the only reason the hacking of Democrat emails is discussed is because the party lost "so big" in the election and is "totally embarrassed".

"Media, as usual, gave them a pass", Mr Trump said in the tweet.

It's an interesting pivot for the website that published thousands of private emails for political reasons just this very summer, until you consider that those emails were disfavorable to Democrats, and this information is disfavorable to both Russian Federation and Donald Trump.

He promised that after he takes office "Russia will respect us far more than they do now". The report terms the alleged Russian efforts an "influence campaign" and based its assessments also on close ties between the Russian state media and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Trump added that he wishes US entities would stop being hacked so much.

Melania Trump, right, looks on as her husband President-elect Donald Trump talks to reporters during a New Year's Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla.



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