February 22, 2018, 9:38

Blame Game: Clinton Accuses Trump of Encouraging ‘Russian Hackers’ to Attack US

Blame Game: Clinton Accuses Trump of Encouraging ‘Russian Hackers’ to Attack US

Hillary Clinton has once again pointed the finger of blame at Donald Trump claiming that he supported so-called “Russian hackers” in their efforts to find compromising information on her in order to disrupt her campaign. According to Clinton, the Russians “attacked the very heart of US democracy” and warned about a looming “threat” from Moscow.

Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton continues to play a blame game while promoting her latest book “What Happened”: During an interview with conservative host Hugh Hewitt she accused President Donald Trump of allegedly “encouraging” “Russian hackers” to cyberattack the US.

When asked about the controversy surrounding her use of a private server while being the secretary of state, Clinton said that she wished “the government had had as high a level of security as there was on the server I used.”

“There is no doubt that our government servers at the time I was serving as secretary of state were compromised,” she continued. “And there is at least insofar as we know no evidence that my private server was.”

However, according to the former presidential nominee, “the Russians, encouraged by then-candidate Trump, were certainly doing everything they could to find anything that would have been on that [her private] server.”

Hillary Clinton was referring to Trump’s sarcastic remark voiced during his presidential campaign: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think that you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press — let’s see if that happens, that’ll be nice.”

​She pointed the finger at China, Iran and North Korea claiming that they either stole sensitive information or disrupted American servers; still, according to Clinton, Russia did nothing short of attacking “the very heart of [US] democracy and then weaponized information by the theft of emails, by intruding into [US] voter registration and the electoral system.”

“This is an ongoing threat,” Hillary Clinton highlighted.

Clinton used a private server for official business during her tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 contrary to US regulations and established practice.

The FBI conducted a criminal investigation into whether Clinton intended to violate US laws, but closed it and then reopened it again on account of new evidence just days before the November 8 election.

In both instances, former FBI Director James Comey recommended that the Justice Department should not criminally charge Clinton.

At the same time the former presidential candidate continues to insist that Russia had been behind the reported hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) email server. Likewise, according to Clinton, it was “Russian hackers” who breached into the email account of her campaign chairman, John Podesta, and leaked her correspondence to WikiLeaks.

On July 22, 2016, WikiLeaks published a collection of 19,252 DNC emails, along with their 8,034 attachments. Dated from January 2015 to May 2016, the documents shed light on the Democratic Party leadership’s sabotage of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, which opened the door to Hillary Clinton’s nomination.

In October 2016, WikiLeaks released over 20,000 pages of emails allegedly belonging to John Podesta, a long-term associate of Bill and Hillary Clinton. The emails have not been authenticated by the campaign or its chairman. The files disclosed the Clinton Foundation’s murky financial operations and raised the question about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s alleged conflict of interest.

Following the disclosures the Clinton team accused Russia of meddling in the US 2016 presidential election and surmise that Hillary’s major rival, Donald Trump, could have been behind the alleged conspiracy.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied the allegations as groundless and ludicrous.

Meanwhile, in early September 2017 Hillary Clinton’s memoir “What Happened” came out. In her opus the former presidential candidate presented a list of those who purportedly contributed to her defeat. The book prompted a lively debate on US mainstream media outlets. Many journalists, regardless of their political preferences, came to the conclusion that regardless of why Hillary Clinton lost, it’s time for her to move on.

Sourse: sputniknews.com

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