On Monday, The Hill reported that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said that Barack Obama is focusing on allegations that Russia hacked the 2016 election in order to delegitimize President-elect Donald Trump.
According to The Hill:
“They’re trying to delegitimize the Trump administration as it goes into the White House,” Assange said during an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity airing Tuesday night, according to a transcript of excerpts from the network.
“They are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate president,” Assange said during the interview, which was conducted at the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been staying.
“Our publications had wide uptake by the American people, they’re all true,” Assange continued. “But that’s not the allegation that’s being presented by the Obama White House.”
Assange reiterated the group’s denial that Russia was the source of the Democratic documents released over the summer.
“Our source is not a state party, so the answer for our interactions is no,” he said.
Assange has repeatedly said the Russians had nothing to do with the documents Wikileaks made public, and as we and others have reported, a former UK ambassador said he personally received the documents from a disgruntled DNC insider.
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Nevertheless, many — including the so-called mainstream media — continue to push the Russia-hacking story.
Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his ever-present lapdog, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., seem to be salivating at the prospect of war with Russia.
The Hill reported:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told a Ukrainian news outlet that there should be a “price to pay” for Russian interference in the U.S. election.
“When you attack a country, it’s an act of war,” McCain said in an interview with a Ukrainian TV channel while visiting Kiev, according to Reuters.
“And so we have to make sure that there is a price to pay, so that we can perhaps persuade the Russians to stop these kind of attacks on our very fundamentals of democracy.”
McCain, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), has been one of the toughest GOP voices on Russia. He has pushed for President-elect Donald Trump to be tough on Russia after he takes office, while Trump has struck a friendlier tone toward Moscow.
McCain, The Hill added, “scheduled hearings on cyberthreats to the U.S. for Thursday.”
Trump, however, has said he has information that he will make known sometime this week, perhaps on Tuesday or Wednesday.
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