Donald Trump is due to be briefed by intelligence chiefs on the 2016 hacks, the President elect still openly defiant about what's become a consensus view among not just the intelligence community, but leaders in both parties. That Russia staged cyber attacks during the election to undermine his rival.
Even as new evidence emerges linking Russian officials to WikiLeaks, Trump asking his Twitter followers questions that will most likely be answered in his top-level briefing on Friday. Responding to latest reports that the DNC wouldn't allow the FBI to examine its servers, quote, so how and why are they so sure about hacking if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers?
What is going on? How did NBC get an exclusive look into the top secret report he, Obama, was presented? Who gave them this report and why? Politics! Senior US intelligence officials say the CIA has identified the Russians who fed hacked material to WikiLeaks at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin through third parties.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, on Fox claimed Russia did not give him the emails, a claim then parroted by Trump on Twitter. But Assange didn't rule out a possible third party. Trump's briefing will be led by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who on Thursday before Congress rebuked the President elect for mocking US intelligence.
>> There's a difference between skepticism and disparagement.>> You're gonna be challenged tomorrow by the President elect. Are you okay with being challenged?>> Absolutely.>> Do you both welcome it?>> We do.>> And just how seriously is Trump taking this impending briefing? Well, he spent Friday morning tweeting about the Apprentice's low ratings with Arnold Schwarzenegger as host, calling himself a, quote, ratings machine.