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.”
Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2017
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.”
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 9, 2017
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:
I’ve said that months ago. #goodcall
— J to the D (@OilersRockNRoll) July 9, 2017
I was thinking this exact thing, when they said ‘develop’ an impenetrable’ system.
— Petal Blush (@Petalblush) July 9, 2017
Might as well. Assange has the American public interest in mind about as much as Putin does.
— Collin Anderson (@CDA) July 9, 2017
Nobody trusts you.
— Jason H. Askelini (@GeoWHayduke) July 9, 2017
Here are some of the people who trust Assange. pic.twitter.com/2MhBBNBDTu
— Zort Zammons (@MistahScooter) July 9, 2017
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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