Outgoing US President Barack Obama has vowed action against Russia for alleged interference in the US presidential election.
Intelligence agencies say the Kremlin was behind cyber- attacks on sections of the Clinton campaign.
The White House claims Trump encouraged Moscow.
Josh Earnest is a spokesperson for the administration:“You didn’t need a security clearance to figure out who benefited from malicious Russian cyber activity.The president-elect didn’t call it into question. He called on Russia to hack his opponent. He called on Russia to hack Secretary Clinton. So he certainly had a pretty good sense of whose side this activity was coming down on.”
Trump, still in campaign mode, mocked the allegation and turned to Twitter, as is his habit, to make a political point.
If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016
One month before the election, the Obama administration had formally accused Russia of piracy against Democratic Party headquarters and Clinton’s election team, to influence the ballot. The hackers passed on the data to Wikileaks.
CNN (@CNN) December 16, 2016
On December 9 th the Washington Post published that the CIA had concluded that the piracy was designed to facilitate a Trump victory and discredit American democracy.
They added the trail led to the doors of the Kremlin.
As the cringeworthy campaign dragged on Clinton directly accused the Russian president of involvement:
“When Putin was asked about it, he could barely muster the energy to deny it, many of you saw that, in fact he went on to say it was a good thing, that the DNC had been hacked and of course intelligence consensus is it was hacked by Russian intelligence.”
Putin claims the accusations are a politically motivated distraction: “This has nothing to do with Russia’s interests. But hysteria is evoked only to divert the attention of the American public from the nature of the information that the hackers posted.”
The spat is the latest in a growing list of international tiffs involving the president elect described by Rolling Stone as the most “inexperienced and dangerous demagogue” to gain the presidency.