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Rep. Sean Duffy: Julian Assange Is No Friend of the US

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By    |   Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 03:04 PM

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is still no friend of the United States, even though some have found favor with him after the website leaked thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta's accounts, Rep. Sean Duffy warned Thursday.

"You have heard me say he's no friend of America," the Wisconsin Republican told CNN "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo. "He exposed top secret information and American lives, and again, just because he was exposing Democrats doesn't mean they're a friend to Republicans or Americans."

Assange, said Duffy, has often jeopardized American lives while weakening national security through leaking information about U.S. diplomats and intelligence officers.

On Wednesday, Trump called the Democratic National Committee "so careless" over a cyberattack that released numerous scandalous emails during the presidential election, and referred to Assange's comments about Russia not being involved.

However, early Thursday, Trump laid into the "dishonest media" in another pair of tweets for reporting that he agrees with Assange. Instead, he insisted, he was just repeating what the WikiLeaks founder has said, and he expects Americans to decide for themselves.

The tweets came after Trump was criticized not only by Democrats, but by Republicans angered over what they called his disregard for the nation's intelligence community.

Assange told Fox News' Sean Hannity this week that his organization did not receive the Podesta emails through Russia or other state-sponsored government sources, even though the intelligence community has reported Russia was behind the Podesta hacks and others into the DNC's emails.

But if Assange knows who leaked the information, he should come clean, said Duffy.

"If it wasn't the Russians, Julian, tell us who it was," Duffy insisted. "Give us the information, give us the intelligence you have to prove that the Russians weren't involved."

Duffy said that he does trust the intelligence community, but asked why it has not communicated more with congressional committees.

During a hearing with intelligence officials Thursday, intelligence officials were united with their belief that Russia was the country behind the hackings.

"We stand actually more resolutely on the strength of that statement than we did on the 7th of October," James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told the GOP-led Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday, stopping just short of calling the activities an "act of war" after being pressed by committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz.

The intelligence community, though, has leaked some details to the press, and Duffy said he does not approve of that.

"They have made some statements publicly, but also leaked information out to the press," he said. "It reeks of politics, so I think the intelligence community have played this incorrectly on the political side."

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is still no friend of the United States, even though some have found favor with him after the website leaked thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta's accounts, Rep. Sean Duffy warned Thursday.
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