President-elect Donald Trump is seemingly taking the word of Julian Assange over that of the U.S. intelligence community, writing on Twitter that the WikiLeaks founder “said it was not the Russians who gave” him the leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee and other prominent political officials.
“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!” Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning. That post replaced an earlier one with similar language in which Assange’s name was misspelled.
Minutes later, Trump cited a Twitter post from Fox News in which Assange is quoted as labeling American media coverage as “very dishonest.” The president-elect added his own commentary, writing that media coverage in the U.S. is “more dishonest than anyone knows.”
He followed that tweet with another series that renewed criticism of both the DNC and the media.
“Somebody hacked the DNC but why did they not have ‘hacking defense’ like the RNC has and why have they not responded to the terrible things they did and said (like giving the questions to the debate to H),” he tweeted. “A total double standard! Media, as usual, gave them a pass.”
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 4, 2017