Trump team: WikiLeaks is different now that Trump is being hacked
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 09, 2017,
Mar 09, 2017, 14:08
He asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer, "Do you think the White House could do a better job of focusing on the issues that really matter - the reforms that matter to the American people - rather than getting distracted to these subsidiary conflicts, as we move forward into the coming months?"
While on the campaign season, President Trump announced his "love" for WikiLeaks. "The House and Senate Intelligence Committees have the staff and the capabilities and the processes in place to look at this in a way that is objective, and that's where it should be done", Spicer said in response to reporter questions asking if there was proof to back up the claim that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump. On the Republican healthcare bill, Spicer said the amount of affordable healthcare services, not the number of people who obtain health insurance coverage, is the more important metric. "It undermines our country's national security", Spicer stated.
Asked about the latest dump by WikiLeaks - which claims the documents detail how the Central Intelligence Agency can hack into a variety of items, from cellphones to televisions - Spicer pointed out that the alleged theft occurred during the end of the Obama administration.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday cast aside the playbook of cut-and-dry condemnations of national security leaks and instead framed his response along political lines.
And Spicer reflected on how these alleged surveillance tools would have been at the disposal of the Obama administration, which President Trump has accused of wiretapping his phones at Trump Tower in NY.
"It's interesting how there's sort of a double standard with when the leaks occur, how much outrage there is", Spicer observed, referring to internal leaks which have plagued the Trump campaign in the media.
Last Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Sheldon White House (D-Rhode Island) sent a letter to the Justice Department asking for any information regarding Trump's wiretapping claims.
"The reality is, yes, there's a difference between the hacking and the leaking through WikiLeaks during the campaign - but both were wrong, both were serious injuries to our national security", Schiff told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, arguing that the Democratic document release was part of the Russian campaign to undermine USA democracy. The CIA is also trying to determine if there are other unpublished documents WikiLeaks may have. I think that's a pretty significant thing to be focused on. "We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information".