Podesta's passwordDonald Trump is blaming the victim, the Democratic National Committee, for getting hacked — and citing comments by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as evidence.  The president-elect quoted Assange insisting he wasn’t fed materials on the DNC from the Russian government.

“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’s tweet read.

In separate tweets, the president-elect added: “‘@FoxNews: Julian Assange on U.S. media coverage: ‘It’s very dishonest.’ #Hannity’ More dishonest than anyone knows.”

In separate tweets, the president-elect added: “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). A total double standard! Media, as usual, gave them a pass.”

Trump’s comments put him at odds with the House Speaker Paul Ryan, who Wednesday called Assange a “sycophant for Russia.”

“He leaks, he steals data and compromises national security,” Ryan told radio host Hugh Hewitt.

But, despite their clear differences, Ryan refused to speak out against Trump’s pro-Assange gesture.

“The last thing I’m going to do is start commenting on every little tweet or Facebook post. That is just not what I do with the president-elect or when he’s president,” Ryan said.

“Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’ – why was DNC so careless?

The president-elect approvingly quoted Julian Assange in a Wednesday morning tweet, saying the WikiLeaks founder claims he wasn’t fed DNC materials from the Russian government.

The tweet comes the same week Trump plans to sit down with the intelligence community to hear their assessment of the hacked info from the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton campaign officials. Some of that information was disseminated by WikiLeaks.

That meeting is scheduled for Friday, the president-elect said in a Tuesday night tweet.

Trump had previously suggested the briefing would be early in the week and blamed intelligence officials for the delay.

“The ‘Intelligence’ briefing on so-called ‘Russian hacking’ was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!” Trump said Tuesday night.

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  • LM

    I just love Trump declaring that he is not buying the Russian subversion of the U.S. election until he gets through his intelligence agency briefings on it.

    I love even more seeing the left-wing media (was watching CNN and MSMBC on it) going bonkers over Trump’s caution in buying into the story. Don’t we know by now, after many decades of intelligence snafus, that the intelligence agencies are often incompetent, wrong and often crooked and politicized, especially under the current president? Though he is not the first.

    I would love to be a fly on the wall when Trump gets his briefing and hopefully watch him ask the right questions of the intelligence guys. 1. Let’s see the evidence that Russia hacked DNC (Assange says that Russia was not his “source” of the docs he leaked making Posesta and others look like utter nitwits and internet security illiterates). 2. If Russia did hack some shit from DNC and release it (which I can easily believe if there is some good evidence), where is the evidence that votes in those blue states turned red were influenced by the hacked emails? The intelligence guy will have to answer that they don’t know anything on that subject of voter motivation. Not their bailiwick…… get that on the record. It is pure BS. In all those diner interviews of voters by the news media blabberers I did not hear any say that their votes were turned by those DNC and secret emails released by Wikileaks. No opinion surveys that I know of indicate such voter motivation. I hope the loser Democrats keep on blaming and believing that the Russians, Wikileaks and the FBI are responsible for their defeats.

  • PT

    Unlike Trump, one of the reasons (there are many) that Obama has been such a failure is his inability to listen to anyone who disagrees with him. Valerie Jarrett certainly does not meet that criteria. She has been a despicable human being from day one. Of Iranian dissent and rich, she was the equivalent to Kellyann but far less accurate and as most of his administration spokesmen, a world class LIAR. No wonder people do NOT trust the government any more. Between the insiders and the LSM, nobody believes anything that these crooks say (with the possible exception of the 53% who think Obama is doing a good job according to a FoxNews poll). Just as accurate as their election prediction polls.

  • LM

    I get the impression during recent years observing Wikileaks that Assange is not motivated by partisan politics. He probably is not GOP partisan……probably is not even a political conservative (gotta look that up). Seems he is just majorly PO’d at the gross corruption and lying and illegality observed in the DNC and the Clinton Crime Family and wants to expose it. LM

    • “We can say, we have said, repeatedly over the last two months, that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party,” Assange told Sean Hannity.

      In December, the Daily Mail reported a former British ambassador received the documents in a Washington, D.C. park from a Democrat whistle blower.

      “Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians,” Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, told the paper. “The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.”

      Murray said the leaker(s) was motivated by “disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders.”

  • PT

    My son asked me cleverly over the Holidays if I still had the same opinion of Edward Snowden that I had a year ago. I told him that I did, he acted like a spy divulging NSA secrets to the Russians and should be brought back and tried for espionage. Then he ask me what my opinion of Assange was because didn’t he do the same thing? While not getting people killed like Hillary and Snowden but spying on the democrat party and guilty of invasion of privacy? Are they cut out of the same cloth? We know that governments (particularly over the last 8 years) lie to the public with the assistance of the LSM so where do we get the truth? Certainly not from Rush Limbaugh or FoxNews. One thing about both of them-no proof of lies, just mistrust and bias against the feds, which I share with them. -PT

  • LM

    Guys like Snowdon and Assange do illegal and unsavory things but things that at the same time are a useful public service. I think of dung beetles when I think of them. It would not bother me if they both were wacked.

    There is little comparison between the blatant theft and violation of the espionage laws by an security employee and the hacking, acquiring, leaking of email communications of our degenerate political class in action …. different degrees of spying and its import.