US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement that he did not believe the US intelligence community leaked the private security document.
“I emphasised that this document is not a US Intelligence Community product and that I do not believe the leaks came from within the IC,” Mr Clapper said.
Donald Trump has again hit out at the media after his first press conference since the election. The president-elect attacked CNN and Buzzfeed for reporting allegations of compromising behaviour by Mr Trump and alleged links between him and people in Russia.
He later tweeted: “We had a great News Conference at Trump Tower today. A couple of FAKE NEWS organizations were there but the people truly get what’s going on.”
Clapper speaks with Trump
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says he has spoken with Mr Trump to discuss media leaks of the classified intelligence briefing that Trump received last Friday and has assured him that the intelligence community “stands ready to serve his administration.”
Mr Clapper says he does not believe the US intelligence community leaked a private security document alleging Russian intelligence operatives have compromising information on Mr Trump
“I expressed my profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press, and we both agreed that they are extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security,” Mr Clapper said of last week’s briefing.
“I emphasised that this document is not a U.S. Intelligence Community product and that I do not believe the leaks came from within the IC,” Clapper said.
“The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions.”
The statement came after Mr Trump tweeted: “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?”
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