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Trump sides with Assange over intelligence community in tweet

Trump sides with Assange over intelligence community in tweet
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE early Wednesday highlighted Julian Assange’s claim that Russia was not the source for stolen documents WikiLeaks released in the lead-up to the U.S. presidential election.

“Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’ - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit More than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows MORE's campaign chairman, John Podesta, and the Democratic National Committee.

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Assange maintained during an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity late Tuesday that the documents did not come from Russia.

The Obama administration formally accused Russia in October of trying to interfere in the United States election.

The administration announced new sanctions on Russia last week, expelling 35 diplomats and shutting down two of the country’s compounds in the United States, after an FBI and Department of Homeland Security report linked the Kremlin to hacking of Democratic Party organizations.

President Obama also pointed to the "the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials" as a reason for the new sanctions.

In an interview Wednesday with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBiden's relationship with top House Republican is frosty The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only MORE (R-Wis.) wouldn't say whether he thought Trump should be quoting Assange. 

But Ryan had harsh words for Assange, calling him a "sycophant" for Russia who leaks and steals data and "compromises national security."

In later tweets, Trump also questioned why the Democratic National Committee (DNC) did not have “hacking defenses.”

 “Somebody hacked the DNC but why did they not have ‘hacking defense’ like the RNC has and why have they not responded to the terrible ... things they did and said (like giving the questions to the debate to H). A total double standard! Media, as usual, gave them a pass,” Trump wrote.

Scott Wong contributed.

- Updated at 10:42 a.m.