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    Donald Trump Accepts Russia’s Role in DNC Hacking - Aide

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    President-elect Donald Trump acknowledges that Russia was to blame for hacking the Democratic National Committee and Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta, incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on Sunday.

    According to Priebus, "no one is disputing" that Russia is responsible for the leaking of internal emails from the DNC and Clinton campaign officials.

    "[Trump] accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia," he said during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," adding that it is possible that Trump will consider sanctions against Russia after taking into account the US intelligence community's recommendations as to what should be done.  

    However, Priebus also criticized the DNC for having "nearly no defenses on their system" and constantly ignoring the FBI's warnings about possible intrusions.

    Trump had remained skeptical about allegations Russia was behind the hack, saying that the intrusions could have been directed by China or any bored hacker from the comfort of his home.

    Priebus's remarks came after key Republican lawmakers increased pressure on Trump to accept the intelligence community's conclusion on Russia and take action.

    In a statement issued after a Friday briefing with US intelligence, Trump mentioned  Russia among other countries, outside groups and people "constantly trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of [US] governmental institutions," without saying anything specifically about any Kremlin role in the outcome of last year's election.

    Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told Reuters the president-elect's conclusions have never changed and that Priebus' comments were in line with Friday's statement.

    As for Trump's famous pledges to have a friendlier relationship with Moscow, Priebus restate that there's nothing wrong "with trying to have a good relationship with Russia and other countries around the world."    


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    • avatar
      President Trump needs to say "Russia launched Cyber Attacks targeting the election"
      otherwise it is just a lot of hot air.
      There are plenty of snakes with an agenda who would love to speak for him.
    • avatar
      So, the hard work of Guccifer One and Guccifer Two and Assange through his Wikileaks were given not much merit. Everyone in America believes that Russian involvement in their farce that was supposedly to be a fair and proper election is NOT the case. The American people overcame what was a rigged and false election. They came out in numbers so large as to destroy Hillary Clinton and George Soros by a landslide. What we hear today from Trump is sarcasm. He knows differently and the American people know differently. In any event, he should thank Mr. Putin, shouldn't he?
    • avatar
      Typical Trump but in the end it would be best to put this B.S. to bed as in the end it just isn' t important.
    • avatar
      Regardless of whom is responsible for the hack some of the information that was revealed is very interesting. Take for example the hack about the top donors to the democratic campaign whom were rewarded with ambassador posts at diplomatic missions abroad. Is that even legal in the US? Isn't that bribery? They just called the bribe donation. Isn't that obvious? Rule of law...
    • support
      IMO internal politics will make a shambles of the new President's efforts over the next four years unless he pulls th etrigger on investigating then prosecuting every bribe-taking Congressman in office now. The dynamic of bad little boys trading stolen marbles is too predominant to be changed until that is done.

      Culturallu speaking, what has always destroyed every genuinely positive programme the Feds have tried to implement is the overwhelming force of the outlaw cowboy ethic and the cult of the "outsider" which is even sillier as you cannot become an "insider" until you become an "outsider."

      I also predict that any serious social anthropologist who attempts to analyse this dynamic empirically will meet with a mysterious violent death. The last researcher to attempt to figure the USA out was a fellow named Thorsten Veblen. The same social dynamics are operative today right down to the Carrie Nation-style Women's Temperance Union tactics and beliefs except the mindset is masked behind obsessions with healthy eating and non-smoking.

      Mr. Trump also does not have the backing of the Five Families as did Nixon as the Five Families no longer exist except as a Sicilian and Neapolitan senior citizens' social club. Lucky Luciano would have sorted Congress out for the President in three days just as he did for FDR right after the S.S. Normandie was torched in its verth in the East River by Nazi spies in 1940.

      Also no one will say it so I will: no one wants Mr. Trump to succeed because that would mean no more getting 2400 a month from Social Security plus free housing plus prescription dope you can sell..simply because you are "depressed" or have practiced making crazy faces in the mirror to show your social worker so as to get onto free social assistance.

      The other "elephant in th eroom" is that Mr. Trump is, of course, ethnically German-American so you never really know what is going to happen next. He does not even know himself.
    • avatar
      support some very interesting revealing comments on how far the Democrats went to secure there 'sick' voter base instead of supporting love marriage and families. From what you have stated the Democrats were determined to destroy the 'fabric' of society to support certain alternative non working life style choices who conveniently become servants of the system and lifetime Democrat voters.....essentially paid for whores of the warmonger class.
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      Michael Hill
      I'm over the hacking news, now. It's overdone now and unless citizens are shown actual proof (not that 'anonymous sources told them so' which is unacceptable to any thinking person), I think Sputnik should stop giving the story energy.
      Sputnik and other non-mainstream media WERE right onto the content of the hacks during the election. Wikileaks would release something and then everyone picked up on it. It was great to be informed and especially invaluable for those who needed to make a satisfying, informed choice in the election.
      But that's not hacking - that's passing on the hack information.
      While I'm sure there are other reasons, the reason for this furor is that the democrats lost when they thought they had the next 4-8 years, in the bag. Now it's a new game for which the powers that be were not prepared and these tantrums show that.
    • avatar
      Mr Trump is therefore denying Julian Assange's claim, Craig Murray's claim and in so doing has brought disgrace to Mr Putin. Its all over red rover. Since the 'Merry Christmas' issue he has alienated virtually all his real support base. No-one will be praying for his Presidency if he continues with the 'Merry Christmas' thing.
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    • Hermes
      Russia should not have friendly relations with USA.
      It would only be fooling itself. Russia should be alert and on it's toes and always consider USA an imminent threat to their security.
    • The Night Wind
      My worst fear about Trump is that he's basically a showman with no experience in actual geopolitics. Now that's he's president, he often seems unsure of what to do---how he can he consider Russia sanctions and friendly relations with Russia at the same time? There have been mixed messages like these from him all along.
    • The Night Windin reply toHermes(Show commentHide comment)
      Hermes, The American Media is completely silent about Clinton, Soros, and Podesta and their attempts to sabotage Putin's election in 2012---or their instigation in overthrowing the Ukrainian Government.
    • avatar
      Nobody can see difference if it was made by Russian intelligence or by a Russin 14 yo kid in a basement.

      Nobody can be sure it was made by a 14 uo Russian kid or the kid was hacked by foreign intelligence.

      Nobody can. Ever.

      These are the laws of internet today.
    • NATOisEVIL
      Here we go,again.
    • Lubos Vokoun
      that was fast, the weakest are breaking already
    • avatar
      The Usa terror state is run by war crime political senators !!!
      Weeks ago I have got a little bit of hope there will be a change in the Usa !!!
      Only some name's will changed for sure not the "War Politic" !!!
    • Drain the swamp
      10 days to go, then all the pizza customers can be sent to jail.
    • Washington 76
      Jan 2, 2017 BOOM! CNN Caught Using Video Game Image In Fake Russian Hacking Story

      It looks like CNN Has tried to pull the wool over our eyes once again. This time, they used a screenshot from the Fallout 4 Video game to paint the picture of Russian Hacking. To bad that's not what a real hacking screen looks like. And an image you will only find in the video game! Nice Try Clinton News Network!

    • Washington 76
      December 12, 2016 Georgia Official Says Homeland Security Tried To Hack Their State’s Voter Database

      While most of the country frets over Russia’s role in the 2016 election, the state of Georgia has come forward saying that they’ve traced an IP from a hack of their voter database right back to the offices of the Department of Homeland Security. Apparently we need to focus on protecting our vote from our own government. The Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

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      (a) There is no evidence that the emails had any influence on the outcome (b) We have still not seen any verifiable evidence that state actors of the Russian Federation had anything to do with the leaks (c) We have still not heard it from the horse's mouth - this is just hearsay, and (d) No-one is ever going to change their minds about this now.
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