US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper blamed Russian hackers and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange yesterday for Hillary Clinton’s election defeat.
The top spook told the Senate armed services committee he was convinced that Russia had hacked the emails of Clinton’s campaign director John Podesta, which were subsequently published by WikiLeaks. US officials have yet to backup their claims with any evidence.
Pressed by Republican Senator John McCain on whether the actions constituted an “act of war,” Clapper said that was “a very heavy policy call.”
Clapper also rejected of criticism of US intelligence agencies by president-elect Donald Trump.
He told Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill: “There is an important distinction here between healthy skepticism” and “disparagement.”
And he claimed Assange, “holed up” in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, had “put people at risk” by leaking classified information.
Outgoing President Barack Obama is under pressure to pardon military whistleblower Chelsea Manning before he leaves the White House on January 20.
Was it the fact that emails were leaked or did the content of those mails lead to Clinton’s defeat?
Whatever the real reason was for 50 million Americans to vote for Trump, their leaders don’t think much of them if they believe a few hacks can decide an entire election.