South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham says the incoming Trump administration should ignore Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s assertion that the Russian government did not interfere in the US election.
Appearing on CNN Wednesday, Graham attempted to discredit Assange’s reputation and stated Trump should pay more attention to US intelligence agencies.
“I don’t believe any American should give a whole lot of credibility to what Mr. Assange says,” Sen. Graham said. “In ‘Julian Assange’ world, we’re the bad guys — not the Iranians, not the Russians, not the North Koreans. You gotta remember who this guy is.”
“Don’t listen to Julian Assange on anything.”
“I hope the president-elect will get his information and trust the American patriots who work in the intelligence community who swear oath and allegiance to the Constitution, and not some guy hiding from the law who has a record of undercutting and undermining American democracy,” he added.
In an interview with Sean Hannity that aired Tuesday, Assange claimed the Russian government was not the source of WikiLeaks’ content.
“We can say, we have said, repeatedly that over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party,” Assange told Hannity.
“Our publications had wide uptake by the American people, they’re all true. But that’s not the allegation that’s being presented by the Obama White House. So, why such a dramatic response? Well, the reason is obvious. They’re trying to delegitimize the Trump administration as it goes into the White House. They are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate president.”
President-elect Donald Trump also addressed Assange’s interview via Twitter, agreeing the US media is “dishonest” and questioning the DNC’s shoddy cyber security.