Tuesday, 3 January 2017

[US]Donald Trump uses Twitter to cast new doubt on US intelligence agencies ahead of meeting over alleged Russian hacking

Donald Trump has taken a new swipe at American intelligence agencies ahead of a meeting over Russia’s alleged interference in the US election. The President-elect appeared to suggest security services were manufacturing evidence of the Kremlin's involvement in cyber attacks in a tweet posted late on Tuesday evening.
It said: “The ‘Intelligence’ briefing on so-called ‘Russian hacking’ was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!”
Senior US intelligence officials immediately refuted the claim, telling networks including CNN and NBC that the briefing with the heads of the NSA, CIA, DNI and the FBI had always been scheduled for Friday and was not delayed.
The President-elect’s latest attack on his own security officials came amid tension over allegations the Russian government supported cyber attacks against American political sites and email accounts ahead of the November election.
The hacking, which is believed to have benefited Mr Trump, resulted in Barack Obama expelling 35 Russian diplomats last week as part of a raft of new sanctions.
“All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions,” Mr Obama said, claiming the extent of data theft and cyber attacks uncovered “could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government”.
But Mr Trump has publicly undermined his predecessor’s assessment, taking to Twitter to hit out at the intelligence agencies he will soon lead.
“If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act?” read one of several posts last month. “Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?”
Mr Trump has repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin, calling the Russian President’s decision not to expel any American diplomats in retaliation a “great move”.
The pair have announced joint efforts to improve US-Russian relations that have been severely damaged by Russia’s support for Bashar al-Assad in Syria and annexation of Crimea in the ongoing Ukraine conflict.


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