Donald Trump Trusts Julian Assange More Than US Intelligence

"We have said, repeatedly that over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party", Assange told Sean Hannity.

The Intel Community (the "IC" in the parlance of DC) says the Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee and, most embarrassingly, the email of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta.

"He has on his team people who have contacts in and out of government that may provide insights to situations such as the Russian hacking, and while there is value in hearing multiple voices on an issue, it would be highly unsafe for the Trump administration to place a greater sense of credibility on outside voices versus the information that's collected, analyzed, assessed and validated through well-established intelligence community protocol". This is despite the fact that USA intelligence members claim that the Russians were behind the cyber security breech.

"I think the real question that looms is a question that's been raised by some of the public comments or tweets from the president-elect, which is just simply: Who are you going to believe?" Both have the potential to undermine the legitimacy of the Trump presidency.

And I'm completely perplexed, because the Russians are undermining democracy throughout the entire world.

"He seemingly has placed greater credibility in the statements of Julian Assange than the statements of our own Director of National Intelligence", Cohen said.

Assange, who rarely comments on Wikileaks sources, has denied the involvement of the Kremlin or entities involved with Russian Federation in the hack, stating the information did not come from a state party.

"He has a phenomenal relationship with the American people, and it's a direct relationship, something we haven't seen in other presidents", Card said.

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The tweets in question show his referring dismissively to "the "Intelligence" briefing", in quote marks, and suggesting that his upcoming briefing was delayed because "perhaps more time needed to build a case".

NBC News cited an intelligence official as saying the briefing was always planned for Friday.

Well, duh. If that's the case, the source for Assange could have been me. It's especially freakish for a Republican, given that the party is historically skeptical of Russia's role in the world and hawkish toward individuals who leak American state secrets. Hannity, whose friendly interview with Assange kicked this whole thing off, called for arresting Assange in 2010.

Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday said he was disturbed by Trump citing Assange, who he described as a guy "on the run from the law for rape" who put American lives at risk.

"Graham said Trump's choice for secretary of State, for example, would face an uphill confirmation battle if he dismissed evidence Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential race".

This sets up a conflict, then, between conservative principles and loyalty to the new Republican president.

But he said the President-elect was "more sceptical of the conclusions that are drawn". Assuming his line doesn't change after Friday's intelligence briefing, Republicans anxious about Russian influence on United States politics will have to go to war with their own president. Earnest said. "On one hand you've got the Russians, and the aforementioned Mr. Assange".

  • Adam Floyd