US News Trump: Russian hacking 'political witch-hunt'

20:20  06 january  2017
20:20  06 january  2017 Source:   Sky News

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The intelligence community's focus on Russia as the source of cyberattacks on Democrats during the presidential campaign is "a political witch hunt ," President-elect Donald Trump told The New York Times on Friday. But on Tuesday, Trump tweeted that it was "very strange" that "the 'Intelligence' briefing on so-called ' Russian hacking ' was delayed until Friday." "Perhaps more time needed to build a case," Trump said, though intelligence officials countered that the meeting had always been scheduled for Friday.

Mr. Trump spoke to The New York Times by telephone three hours before he was set to be briefed by the nation’s top intelligence and law enforcement officials about Russian hacking of American political institutions. In the conversation, he repeatedly criticized the intense focus on the alleged cyber intrusions by Russia . “China, relatively recently, hacked 20 million government names,” he said, referring to the breach of computers at the Office of Personnel Management in late 2014 and early 2015. “How come nobody even talks about that? This is a political witch hunt .”

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Donald Trump says the controversy over alleged Russian hacking in the presidential election campaign is a "political witch-hunt".

US intelligence agencies believe Moscow interfered in the White House race by hacking into emails of the Democratic National Committee.

There are suggestions the alleged hacking helped Republican Mr Trump defeat Democrat rival Hillary Clinton in November's election.

The president-elect, who has questioned the controversial claims, is due to receive an intelligence briefing from spy chiefs on the issue.

In an interview prior to the briefing, he told the New York Times: "China, relatively recently, hacked 20 million government names", referring to the Office of Personnel Management breach in 2014 and 2015.

Mr Trump added: "How come nobody even talks about that? This is a political witch hunt."

He said hackers have infiltrated the White House and Congress, saying: "We're like the hacking capital of the world."

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