As the claims of a Russian hack in the last US elections gain more and more momentum, one man, probably the most powerful of them all, continues to deny them all. Donald Trump has been vociferously defending his stance that the Russian hacking claims are a farce and the reports of intelligence agencies are false.
Trump, in continuing his line of defense, has supported Julian Assange’s opinion that Russia was not behind the email hack and the subsequent release of files from John Podesta’s servers by Wikileaks.
Assange, who is a US foe due to his site Wikileaks that continues to make sensitive documents public, has claimed that Podesta’s server was not secured as per standards and even a “14 year old” could have hacked it. He also put the claim of the Democratic Party failing to provide security to sensitive emails of one of its most important campaign aides. The fallout from the email leaks was supposed to have had lasting effects on Hilary Clinton’s campaign and subsequent loss.
However, Trump remained unfazed and continues to deny all allegations leveled against the US election hacking issue and has shown support for Assange and backed him in claims. He even went on to not only deride the opinion of intelligence agencies but also went forward and claimed that there was a bogus campaign running in the media on the alleged Russian involvement.
In a separate development on the same story, Trump said in a statement that the US intelligence agencies got late in giving a briefing to him on the Russian hacking controversy and further added that they probably need more time in gathering the evidence.
The US intelligence agencies, however, denied that there had been a delay and that the briefing schedule was followed on point.
Trump remains clear on his stance despite mounting pressure from the media on the backing of statements by US intelligence agencies and looks all set to get inaugurated as the President of United States of America on Jan 20th, 2017, after an eventful campaign and an even more eventful post-election period.