SPUTNIK – December 12, 2016: President-elect Donald Trump’s dismissal of a Washington Post story based on statements from anonymous intelligence officials claiming Russia “hacked” the US election has some worrying about the kind of relationship his administration will have with the CIA.
On December 9, Trump’s transition team issued a statement in response to the story, saying, “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” and that it was “time to move on.”
(No such weapons, the purported reason for the US war against Iraq in 2003, were ever found.)
Two days later, the president-elect had tempered his rhetoric somewhat. In an interview with Fox News broadcast December 11, he called the story and the hacking claims “ridiculous” and “just another excuse” from Democrats to avoid taking the blame for their loss.
“If you look at the story and you take a look at what they said, there’s great confusion. Nobody really knows,” Trump said. “And hacking is very interesting. Once they hack, if you don’t catch them in the act you’re not going to catch them. They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody. It could be somebody sitting in a bed someplace. I mean, they have no idea.” Link: Read Complete Article