GOP rep suggests CIA, NSA leaked info on Russian hacking

GOP rep suggests CIA, NSA leaked info on Russian hacking
© Greg Nash

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.

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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 John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS 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.