Trump Appears to Side With Assange Over Intelligence Agencies’ Conclusions
For the Republican Party, Mr. Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, was once purely a villain. He found little sympathy with conservatives after he leaked American military secrets from Iraq, published purloined diplomatic cables that could have gotten American sources killed and sought refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, fleeing charges of rape.
But now, Mr. Trump appears to be siding with Mr. Assange over the conclusions of America’s intelligence services.
Mr. Assange appeared on Fox News on Tuesday night with Sean Hannity, one of Mr. Trump’s biggest news media boosters, to declare once again that the Russians were not the source of the purloined emails that WikiLeaks released from the Democratic National Committee and the personal account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta.
本周二晚，阿桑奇和特朗普最重要的新闻媒体宣传人之一肖恩·汉尼提(Sean Hannity)出现在福克斯新闻(Fox News)上，他再次表示，维基解密发布的一些被盗电邮并不是俄罗斯人提供的，这些电邮属于民主党全国委员会(Democratic National Committee)以及希拉里·克林顿(Hillary Clinton)的竞选主席约翰·波德斯塔(John Podesta)的个人帐号。
Mr. Trump followed that appearance with a series of Twitter posts on Wednesday that appeared to be preparing his followers for battle once more information on intelligence findings was released, most likely by Thursday.
There were actually two separate hackings that the Obama administration has said came from Russian intelligence — with “100 percent” certainty.
As he has previously, Mr. Assange said: “Our source is not the Russian government. It is not state parties.” But Mr. Assange has often said that the organization does not always know the identity of its sources. It is highly unlikely that anyone approaching WikiLeaks with the emails obtained by Russian government hacking would acknowledge the source, so it is likely that Mr. Assange cannot be sure of the origin of the emails.
Mr. Assange and Mr. Hannity did not address that, in addition to WikiLeaks, the leaked Democratic material was published by two mysterious websites, DCLeaks.com and a blog written by someone called Guccifer 2.0. American intelligence agencies say they believe both were created by Russian agents.
In addition to American intelligence agencies, most private researchers also say they believe that the D.N.C. and Podesta hackings were carried out on orders of Russian government officials, though a few skeptics say they believe the case is unproven by the evidence made public. Mr. Assange’s statement is unlikely to change that conclusion.
Intelligence officials will brief Congress on their Russia inquiry on Thursday, ahead of a briefing for Mr. Trump in New York on Friday. Senator John McCain of Arizona, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will hold the first hearing on the matter on Thursday as well.
情报官员将在周四向国会通报俄罗斯调查的结果，周五则会到纽约向特朗普通报情况。亚利桑那州共和党参议员、参议院军事委员会(Senate Armed Services Committee)主席约翰‧麦凯恩(John McCain)将于周四举行第一次听证会。
As for that “terrible” information mentioned by Mr. Trump, the CNN commentator Donna Brazile did send Mr. Podesta an email ahead of a Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Mich., tipping him off that a woman in the audience would ask why the government was not doing more to help clean the city’s lead-contaminated water supply. That was, in fact, reported widely and often, here and here and here and here, among other places.
And that was hardly an unexpected query — for Mrs. Clinton or for her rival, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. It did cause Ms. Brazile to lose her CNN post.
The president-elect appears to be getting a jump on the news.