CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Christmas Gift Guide
Culture

Trump encourages Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails

Technically Incorrect: During a press conference in Florida, the Republican alpha dog offers his own version of mischief.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


Donald Trump eggs on the Russians, so that Hillary Clinton can have egg on her face.


Gustavo Caballero, Getty Images

Will this election be decided less at conventions and more in cyberspace?

It seems so.

On one side, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is dogged by her use of a personal server for government business. She's also suffering from the release this week of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee.

Speculation held that Russia was behind this hack. Evidence seems to be hardening that this is the case.

Enter, therefore, Donald Trump. It seems Clinton's Republican rival would like Russia to have something to do with the election.

For during a press conference in Doral, Florida, Trump encouraged Russia to enjoy a little hackathon.

"Russia, if you're listening," he said Wednesday, as reported by CBS News (which, like CNET, is owned by CBS), "I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

He was referring to emails, from the time she was secretary of state, that were deleted by Clinton from her server.

Some might find it peculiar that a candidate from one party might be encouraging nefarious types from another -- not entirely friendly -- country to peer illegally into what may be governmental secrets.

Later on Wednesday, Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort said that the Donald had been speaking "in a sarcastic way."

The Clinton campaign didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump, meanwhile, has said he has no ties with Russia and no investments there either. He insisted on Wednesday that he has "nothing to do with Russia." Some question why his son Donald Trump Jr. insisted in 2008 that the family company was seeing "a lot of money pouring in from Russia."

This election, though, is unlike any other. Julian Assange, through whose WikiLeaks organization the DNC emails were made public, is promising that more election-related material will be released.

If so, I wonder where it came from.

Updated July 28 at 5:31 a.m. PT: Added comment by Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort.