Many were wondering what topic Trump would tweet about on Wednesday morning, and the answer was revealed moments ago when the president-elect, instead of sparking another mini vendetta with a US corporation, instead referred to last night's Jullian Assange interview on Fox News.
Taking a stab at the US intelligence services with whom Trump has been engaged in a back and forth over the alleged role of Russia in "hacking the elections, Trump promoted Julian Assange’s claim that Russia was not WikiLeaks' source for stolen documents it released in the lead-up to the presidential election, tweeting "Julian Assange said "a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta" - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!"
Julian Assange said "a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta" - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
Trump was referring to this particular exchange between Sean Hannity and the WikiLeaks founder:
HANNITY: Can you say to the American people, unequivocally, that you did not get this information about the DNC, John Podesta's emails, can you tell the American people 1,000 percent that you did not get it from Russia or anybody associated with Russia?
ASSANGE: Yes. We can say, we have said, repeatedly that over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party... Obama is trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate president.
As highlighted last night, the 1-hour-long interview also revealed Assange's concerns about his future and his family, when he said that "big powerful actors will try and take revenge" for his revelations:
"I have been detained illegally, without charge for six years, without sunlight, lots of spies everywhere. It's tough... but that's the mission I set myself on. I understand the kind of game that's being played - big powerful actors will try and take revenge...it's a different thing for my family - I have young children, under 10 years old, they didn't sign up for that... and I think that is fundamentally unjust... my family is innocent, they didn't sign up for that fight."
Trump's tweet this morning follows another provocative, intelligence-focused statement from last night, in which the President-elect said that "the "Intelligence" briefing on so-called "Russian hacking" was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!"
We expect more accusations of "treason" to be lobbed at Trump as a result of this morning's tweet, in which the president elect has chosen to side with the Wikileaks founder instead of US intelligence agencies in casting blame on Russia, as confirmed moments ago by The Hill article titled "Trump sides with Assange over intelligence community in tweet".
And just to assure of that, Trump tweeted yet another slamming of the US media: "Julian Assange on U.S. media coverage: “It’s very dishonest.” #Hannity " More dishonest than anyone knows"
Full Assange Interview below.