Psaki tells TikTok influencers that Russia ‘hacked our elections’ in 2016

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki spoke on Thursday with popular users of Chinese social media platform TikTok, claiming that the Russian government “hacked” the 2016 US presidential election.

During a briefing for TikTok influencers on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Psaki noted that unlike previous diplomatic conflicts with Russia, the US government has declassified information relevant to the public.

“The best antidote to disinformation is the truth. And one of the big steps we have taken and made a decision to take is to declassify information over the last many months,” Psaki told the group.

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“If you look back at 2014, and frankly even 2016, when Russia invaded Ukraine and then in 2016, when those you know, of course, hacked our elections here, then we did not, we did not declassify information,” Psaki said. the group of influencers.

While Russian hackers were behind the theft of emails from Democratic officials like John Podesta, there is no evidence that they tampered with the election results as part of the 2016 hacker attack.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks at a White House press briefing on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 in Washington.  (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks at a White House press briefing on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 in Washington. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)
(AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

Psaki was joined in the call by a National Security Council official, who added Psaki’s statements about Russian disinformation and said the Biden administration’s correct prediction that Ukraine would be invaded has given the White House more credibility going forward.

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“I think we have now built up a bit of credibility, we were definitely not crying wolf here. And every step we predicted the Russians would take, they have taken,” the official said.

“So hopefully it has helped cut down on the credibility of their disinformation. But it’s still a daily battle where we are constantly trying to crack down on the things they say, accusations they make that do not has a basis in reality. “

A recording of the White House briefing was posted online by a Washington Post reporter.

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