In a call that is certain to be unprecedented, US presidential candidate and Republican nominee Donald Trump has publicly asked Russia and its alleged state-sponsored hackers to find presidential rival Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Donald Trump has responded to questions about ties between him and Russia, as alleged by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), by asking Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Trump stated:
Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you’ll probably be rewarded mightily by our press.
Trump’s public call comes in the midst of allegations by the DNC and some cybersecurity experts who suggest that a state-sponsored cyberespionage campaign by Russia was the cause of the breach targeting a DNC server. The outcome of the cyberattack saw a multitude of unflattering DNC emails published on WikiLeaks recently.
The response from the Clinton campaign was predictably swift, with Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s chief foreign policy adviser stating:
This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.
Meanwhile, an aid from the Trump Campaign, senior communications advisor Jason Miller attempted to clarify Trump’s comments, by stating that the opposite.
On Twitter, Miller wrote:
To be clear, Mr. Trump did not call on, or invite, Russia or anyone else to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails today.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has since posted a public tweet on his own social media account, later on Wednesday following his now infamous call for Russian hackers.
If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
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