With just a few weeks to inauguration, President-elect Trump has slammed the intelligence community on Twitter over an alleged delay of a briefing earlier this week. On Tuesday evening, he mocked intelligence officials, claiming they had delayed a scheduled briefing on alleged Russian hacking because they “needed more time to build a case.”
However, it not clear why was the scheduled intel briefing on Tuesday/Wednesday was postponed or delayed. It is said, the directors of CIA, NSA and FBI will meet with Trump on Friday to give him a full intel briefing.
Trump’s tweets came after Julian Assange said that Russia did not provide the emails, published by WikiLeaks. On an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Julian Assange said his “source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party” and that “a 14-year-old kid could have hacked Podesta.”
Both government and non-government experts have suggested that Russia had tried to manipulate the 2016 election through the release of DNC emails. The Obama administration have suggested that instructions for hacking the campaign came from the highest level of the Russian government.
Trump has previously stated that it is nearly impossible to know who exactly hacked the system and the time of its occurrence. President-elect Trump cast doubts on the intelligence community over the weekend, telling reporters gathered outside his New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-lago that hacking is a “very hard thing to prove” and that he knows “things that other people don’t know, and so [the intelligence officials] cannot be sure of the situation.”
President-elect Trump has said he will reveal what he knows about the situation. Mr. Trump indicated on Twitter that he might reveal “things that other people don’t know” about the hacking and his doubts about the intelligence agencies’ conclusion that the Russian government used cyber attacks to manipulate the election in his favor.
CIA Director John Brennan told PBS Newshour on Tuesday that his investigations on Russian hacking was in the “final throes” and would be presented to President Obama “in days”.