Hannity Defends WikiLeaks After Intelligence Community Confirms Russia Hacked US During Elections
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Fox News host Sean Hannity defended WikiLeaks following reports from top US intelligence officials concluding that Russia "meddled in election by hacking" and spreading propaganda. On January 5, Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee that "Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign went well beyond hacking to include disinformation and the dissemination of “fake news” — an effort, he said, that continues." Hannity, who has claimed that there is no evidence that Russia meddled in US election, ignored the report on his Fox New show and defended WikiLeaks claiming they "reveal[ed] how corrupt the liberal news media is" and argued that Russia didn't hack voting machines. From the January 5 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
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SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Let me explain what this means, everything that you've been hearing from the President, from Hillary Clinton, from her campaign, from the Democratic Party about hacking determining the outcome of the election is not true. Now here's what is true. Now did the Russians hack into the voting machines? No they did not. Did WikiLeaks reveal how corrupt the liberal news media is and that how they colluded with the Clinton campaign? Yeah, that's true. Did WikiLeaks reveal how some DNC staffers made anti-semitic misogynistic, racist, homophobic, sexist comments? Yeah, that was revealed. Did Wikileaks reveal that the DNC tried to discredit Bernie Sanders and rig the primary for Hillary Clinton? Yeah, that's true, that was revealed too. This isn't about Julian Assange, this is all just another excuse by the Democrats as to why Hillary Clinton lost the election in an attempt to delegitimize Donald Trump's presidency and his victory. Now we do know that when Julian Assange was 16 years old, he hacked into NASA, he hacked into the Department of Defense. We have known about WikiLeaks now for ten years. This group has been showing classified government information, that clearly shows that this country the United States America has major cyber security problems.