Sean Spicer asked if President Trump still loves Wikileaks
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Mar 09, 2017,
Mar 09, 2017, 13:24
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that there is a significant difference between WikiLeaks releasing Clinton campaign chair John Podesta's emails and the organization leaking material from the Central Intelligence Agency.
Last fall, Trump celebrated WikiLeaks releases that touched on activities of the Clinton Foundation and on the Clinton campaign in general, even as government officials said the hacks resulted from efforts by the government of Russian Federation.
And Reuters reported Wednesday afternoon that US intelligence and law enforcement officials have been aware since late previous year of a CIA security breach that led to the WikiLeaks document.
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Prominent right-leaning Trump critic Michael Medved surprisingly got to ask a question at the White House press briefing on Tuesday via Skype.
"It's interesting how there's sort of a double standard with when the leaks occur, how much outrage there is", he said.
"I think that's what we need to find out", Spicer said, adding that the White House asked the House and Senate intelligence committees to look into the matter. "He has not suggested that to me", Spicer said.
"And make no mistake about it, I think the president has talked before that anybody who leaks classified information will be held to the highest degree of law".
Spicer's erroneous claim comes just days after President Trump alleged - with no evidence - that President Obama had wiretapped his Manhattan headquarters in 2016.
He also mentioned Democrats" 2016 obsession with the Justice Department "when there was potential that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had leaked certain information' previous year.
'There should be a lot more coverage of this, ' he added.
"Playing with our nation's national security is not something that should be taken lightly under this administration", he said.
"Does he still feel that way today?" The press secretary, asked if Trump was "outraged", said he was "extremely concerned" about this, and that "if this were true" it could have a devastating effect on United States national security.
"There is a massive, massive difference between those two things".