From the CIA, to the FBI, to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, there is a growing consensus that Russia was behind the hacking attacks that disrupted the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The CIA has briefed Congress, the president, and the president elect, and just about all serious people privy to such briefings believe there is no doubt Russia masterminded the attacks.
The only hold out appears to be Donald Trump, who has chosen to believe Russian president Vladmir Putin and WikiLeaks character Julian Assange over the information provided by U.S. intelligence services. This continues a long and frankly very troubling flirtation between Donald and Putin.
Trump’s resistance to reality on the hacking issue is largely based on the words of Assange, who has attempted to give Russia and Putin cover in recent days. Trump’s reliance on Assange and his WikiLeaks organization is rich, given that Trump previously called WikiLeaks “disgraceful” and said “I think there should be like death penalty or something” for the organization, given its leaks of sensitive information.