Trump concedes Russia likely hacked DNC, attacks US intelligence agencies over leaks


Trump concedes Russia likely hacked DNC, attacks US intelligence agencies over leaks
  1. Trump concedes Russia likely hacked  DNC, attacks US intelligence agencies over leaks
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    US President-elect Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that he believes Russian operatives hacked the Democratic Party during the election, but he continued to dispute intelligence reports that Moscow acted to help him…
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US President-elect Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that he believes Russian operatives hacked the Democratic Party during the election, but he continued to dispute intelligence reports that Moscow acted to help him win. 

During an at times rancorous press conference, he angrily denounced the publishing of claims he had been caught in a compromising position in Russia and attacked news organisations for publishing the claims, while also lashing US intelligence agencies over the leak of an explosive but unverified dossier.

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President-elect Donald Trump listens to a question during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, ... President-elect Donald Trump listens to a question during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday. Photo: AP

"I think it was Russia," Mr Trump conceded at the press conference in New York when asked who was responsible for the leaks of Democratic emails during the campaign.

But Mr Trump said he believes Russia would have released damaging information about him had they obtained such information.

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Mr Trump also addressed questions about his relationship with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, saying "If Putin likes Donald Trump, guess what folks, that's an asset not a liability. I don't know if I'll get along with Vladi­mir Putin. . .but even if I don't does anyone in this room think Hillary Clinton will be tougher on Putin than me? Give me a break."

Mr Trump made his remarks in his first news conference as president-elect, ending a period of 167 days since he has fielded questions from the full media contingent. Past winners of the presidency have traditionally faced the press far earlier.

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On Wednesday morning the president-elect angrily denounced news reports about a dossier of potentially compromising information Russia has allegedly gathered about him, citing denials from the Kremlin that it has any such intelligence.

The president-elect also charged via Twitter that his "crooked opponents" are trying to undermine his electoral victory. He accused the intelligence community of leaking the information to get in "one last shot at me," saying, "Are we living in Nazi Germany?"

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Mr Trump acknowledged Russia was likely behind the hack of the DNC. Mr Trump acknowledged Russia was likely behind the hack of the DNC. Photo: AP

At the news conference on Wednesday he attacked US intelligence agencies over the leak of the dossier, which was published in full by the news and entertainment website Buzzfeed on Tuesday. 

"I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out there," Mr Trump told the news conference. He called the dossier that makes salacious claims about him "fake news" and "phony stuff."

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