Trump wants investigation into intelligence leak to NBC
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — President-elect Donald Trump said Friday that he wants a probe into a report by NBC News that used information provided by an unnamed senior intelligence official who discussed a report detailing alleged Russian hacking of top Democratic officials.
“I am asking the chairs of the House and Senate committees to investigate top secret intelligence shared with NBC prior to me seeing it,” Trump announced on Twitter.
Citing its source, NBC reported Thursday that the “U.S. has also identified Russian actors who turned over stolen Democratic material to WikiLeaks.”
NBC said the intelligence official agreed to speak on condition of anonymity following a Washington Post story about an intelligence report said to detail the U.S.’ evidence of Russian interference. The Washington Post, citing unnamed U.S. officials, had reported that senior Russian officials celebrated Trump’s win.
CNN, citing officials familiar with the report, also reported Thursday that U.S. intelligence “has identified the go-betweens the Russians used to provide stolen emails to WikiLeaks.”
Trump reacted angrily to NBC’s story on Thursday night.
“Who gave them this report and why?” Trump tweeted. “Politics!”
The official Twitter account of WikiLeaks released a similar response on Friday morning.
“The Obama admin/CIA is illegally funneling TOP SECRET//COMINT information to NBC for political reasons before PEOTUS even gets to read it,” read WikiLeaks’ tweet.
A spokeswoman for NBC News said that it was declining to comment “for now.”