Trump ac­cuses US spy agen­cies of Nazi prac­tices over ‘phony’ Rus­sia dossier

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NEW YORK (Reuters) — Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump es­ca­lated a fight with US spy agen­cies on Wed­nes­day, just nine days be­fore he takes over their com­mand as pres­i­dent, and ac­cused them of prac­tices rem­i­nis­cent of Nazi Ger­many.

The Repub­li­can said leaks from the in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity led to some US me­dia out­lets re­port­ing un­sub­stan­ti­ated claims that he was caught in a com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tion in Rus­sia.

“I think it was dis­grace­ful, dis­grace­ful that the in­tel­li­gence agen­cies al­lowed any in­for­ma­tion that turned out to be so false and fake out. I think it’s a dis­grace, and I say that ... that’s some­thing that Nazi Ger­many would have done and did do,” Trump told a news con­fer­ence in New York.

For the first time, Trump ac­knowl­edged that Rus­sia likely hacked the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee and the emails of top Democrats dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. “I think it was Rus­sia,” he said, point­ing out that other coun­tries were also hack­ing the United States.

Trump, who takes of­fice on Jan. 20, called a dossier that makes sala­cious claims about him in Rus­sia “fake news” and “phony stuff.”

Two US of­fi­cials said the al­le­ga­tions about Trump, which one called “un­sub­stan­ti­ated,” were con­tained in a two-page memo ap­pended to a re­port on Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion that was pre­sented last week to Trump and to Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

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