Last Update 22:46
Thursday, 24 October 2019

Trump again raises doubt that Russia hacked US election

AFP , Wednesday 4 Jan 2017
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 (Photo: AP)
Views: 1954
Views: 1954

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday again cast doubt on US intelligence findings that Russia hacked the presidential election, repeating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's assertion that leaked information damaging to Democrats did not come from Moscow.

"Julian Assange said 'a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta' -- why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!" the Republican posted on his preferred communication platform, Twitter.

Trump was referring to thousands of emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee and from Clinton campaign chief John Podesta, which were published by WikiLeaks in the weeks ahead of the November 8 presidential election.

"Somebody hacked the DNC but why did they not have 'hacking defense' like the RNC has," Trump added, referring to the Republican National Committee.

The US intelligence community has concluded that the hack-and-release of the emails was designed to put Trump -- a political neophyte who has praised Russian leader Vladimir Putin -- into the Oval Office.

Moscow has repeatedly dismissed the allegations that it was responsible for the cyber-meddling.

Assange said in an interview with Fox television broadcast Tuesday that Podesta's Gmail account was "something a 14-year-old kid could have hacked."

He insisted that no Russian government-linked party was the source of the hacked material.

"The source is not the Russian government. It is not state parties," the 45-year-old Australian told Fox.

Trump has asserted that US intelligence services were mistaken when they said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, a finding that led the country into war, and has publicly and repeatedly questioned their work.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.