President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday evening continued to express skepticism about Russia involvement in the hacking of DNC emails and said he knows “things other people don’t about the hacking,” and that the information will disclosed “on Tuesday or Wednesday.”
Speaking to reporters in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump described his skepticism as an effort to seek the truth. Trump mentioned it would be dangerous for the U.S. to jump to conclusions based on inconclusive evidence since the allegations against Russia are serious.
“I just want them to be sure because it’s a pretty serious charge,” President-elect Trump said of the intelligence agencies. “If you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong,” he added, referring to intelligence cited by the George W. Bush administration to support its war in 2003. “So I want them to be sure,” Mr. Trump said. “I think it’s unfair if they don’t know.”
“And I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.,” he added.
When asked by reporters what he knew that others did not, the president-elect said “You’ll find out on Tuesday or Wednesday.”
Donald Trump also said he believes people should avoid using computers when handling sensitive and important information. “It’s very important, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old-fashioned way, because I’ll tell you what, no computer is safe,” the president-elect said.
“I don’t care what they say, no computer is safe,” Mr. Trump continued. “I have a boy who’s 10 years old; he can do anything with a computer. You want something to really go without detection, write it out and have it sent by courier.”
Donald Trump has been hesitant to blame Russia for the hacking, asserting that there is not enough evidence to link Russia to the hacking. This position is a departure from the current administration. President Obama, convinced Russia was responsible for the hacking, retaliated late last week. President Obama ordered new sanctions, expelled 35 Russian diplomats, and closed down two estates that the administration claimed had been used for intelligence-gathering.