Yesterday, President – elect Donald Trump increased the gulf between him and U.S intelligence agencies over the alleged hacking of Democratic Party servers by Russia. A claim Russia has consistently denied.
Citing a delay by intelligence officials to give them more time to build a case, Mr Trump tweeted, “The “Intelligence” briefing on so-called “Russian hacking” was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!”
Casting more doubt on the official document put together by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, which claims to have conclusive proof of the hacking, Mr Trump tweeted toady, “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 U.S on the back of the report expelled Russian ambassadors.
U.S intelligence officials disputed there was a delay and said the meeting was scheduled to take place later on in the week. By all accounts one official, Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper was perplexed about Trump citing a delay.
Unlike his predecessor, Donald Trump is yet to meet with the heads of intelligence agencies despite being President – elect for a few weeks. According to officials this was down to Mr Trump’s scheduling.
Mr Trump has always taken a sceptical view of the claims Russia hacked the Democratic Party emails prior to the election. He praised Russian president, Vladimir Putin, for showing restraint in not retaliating Cold War style against the Obama administration’s sanctions. He pointed out that it was impossible to distinguish been a government operative and “somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.”
Speaking in response to claims that the hack could be traced to specific keyboards containing Cyrillic characters, Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov said: “I don’t understand what this means exactly but Cyrillic characters can be used everywhere.”
“Once again I reject any possibility that official Russia can be involved in any way.”
Russia has always denied the hacking claims.