Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) suggested Monday that the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) leaked information about Russia interfering in the U.S. election.
“Russian hackers controlling our election? We 'know' this because the CIA & NSA leaked it, right?” King wrote on Twitter, including a link to a website called Consortiumnews.com.
Russian hackers controlling our election? We "know" this because the CIA & NSA leaked it, right? https://t.co/RJvdSLA4Gf— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 2, 2017
The link is to a memorandum claiming to be written by former members of the U.S. intelligence community who argue the email disclosures were the result of an internal leak rather than hacking.
Last month, The Washington Post reported that the CIA concluded Russia tried to interfere in the U.S. election to help Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE win.
The president-elect's transition team responded to the report by slamming the CIA for its intelligence on supposed weapons of mass destruction in the lead-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
A joint report released last week by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) described how the intelligence community found links between the Russian government and hacks of Democratic groups leading up to Trump's electoral win.
The Obama administration publicly blamed Russia for the hacking campaign in October and announced responsive sanctions on the country last week.
On Monday, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said there is “zero evidence” that Russia influenced the presidential election.
“There is zero evidence that they actually influenced the election,” Spicer told Fox News.