Donald 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.