This morning, President-elect Donald Trump sent out this tweet which many interpreted as Trump believing in fugitive Julian Assange than the U.S. intelligence analysts:
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
And yesterday, Trump seemed to ding the intelligence community for "needing more time to build a case" regarding the Russian cyber-hacking during the presidential election. Note how Trump puts "Intelligence" in quotes...
The "Intelligence" briefing on so-called "Russian hacking" was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
Today, Sen. Tom Cotton appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" saying he had more trust in the country’s intelligence community than in WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange. “I have a lot more faith in our intelligence officers serving around the world, very smart and experienced analysts that we have here in the nation’s capital, than I do in people like Julian Assange. I can tell you that much.”
Additionally, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan called Assange a "sycophant for Russia" today on the conservative Hugh Hewitt radio show.
It seems so very odd for an American president-elect to choose the word of a fugitive on the run like Assange who trades in stealing information in a covert manner over the unanimous position of all 17 intelligence organizations of the United States.