A report from the intelligence community indicating Russia was behind election-year hacking activities in 2016 was a “how-to manual” to help the Democratic National Committee improve its online security, incoming Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday.
“There is an intelligence report due out later this weekend,” Spicer, who appeared on several morning talk shows Monday, told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” program. “Once that report is made final and the president-elect is briefed, we will have a better idea what to make of this.”
However, Spicer said he didn’t “mean to be disrespectful, because hacking is wrong,” but the report already out indicates the DNC was a “victim of spearfishing” and its “passwords need to be updated on a regular basis.”
The mainstream media, he continued, is construing that Russia had an influence in the election, but there is “zero evidence” that happened.
Over the weekend, President-elect Donald Trump said he’d be releasing new information on hacking activities, and Spicer said Monday Trump is pointing out “there doesn’t seem to be conclusive evidence in the intelligence community” over who was involved.