President Trump has lashed out at the media over allegations that Russia was responsible for a massive computer hack, saying there’s a possibility it ‘may be China’
The president’s comments contradict what members of his own government have said about the hack.
In a tweet on Saturday, Trump said: “The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality,” adding that “everything is well under control.“
Just hours before Trump’s tweet, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said in interview on the “Mark Levin Show” that he believed Russia was behind the hack.
RT reports: “Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!).”
As well as hitting out at the “Lamestream” media for blaming Russia, Trump also suggested that there may have “been a hit on our ridiculous voting machines during the election.” The president has often cited a series of unexplained computer“glitches” as proof that someone interfered to deny him victory in five key swing states.
The “Cyber Hack” referred to by Trump, however, is a hacking operation that targeted the SolarWinds Orion Platform, a network monitoring tool used by nearly every Fortune 500 corporation and multiple US government agencies, among them the State Department, NASA, and the Pentagon. The hack was revealed earlier this month, and pinned on Russia evidence-free by none other than the Washington Post, quoting its usual anonymous sources.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that, while an investigation is ongoing, and its final results will probably remain classified, “we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity.” During the same conversation with conservative talk show host Mark Levin, Pompeo referred to Russia as an “enemy” of the US, and Russian President Vladimir Putin as “a real risk to those of us who love freedom.”
Moscow denies any involvement in the cyber attack.