WikiLeaks makes offer on Trump-Putin cybersecurity pact


On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump caught WikiLeaks’ attention with his tweet about Russia and cyber security. According to a tweet they posted in response, WikiLeaks thinks Trump should put founder Julian Assange in charge of the effort to combat “election hacking.”

Trump’s tweet said he and Putin want to create an “impenetrable Cyber Security unit” to guard against election hacking, as well as “many other negative things.”

WikiLeaks responded, writing: “Why not put @JulianAssange in charge of it? He’s trusted by the public and has the CIA’s best stuff anyway.”

Twitter users responded to the WikiLeaks tweet with varying opinions, ranging from agreement to strong opposition. Some even accused Assange of being in league with the Russian leader. Here’s a brief sampling:

WikiLeaks’ claim to have the CIA’s “best stuff” is unproven, but they have published emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee. They also published emails taken from the account of John Podesta, who was failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. Some feel the published emails were damaging to the Clinton campaign.

WikiLeaks says they didn’t get the emails from Russia, despite claims by U.S. intelligence agencies. Several congressional committees and a special counsel has been tasked with looking into the allegations of Russian hacking and intrusion into the U.S. election.

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