Why Marco Rubio Is Refusing to Talk About the WikiLeaks Emails

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Oct 19, 2016 8:00 AM
Why Marco Rubio Is Refusing to Talk About the WikiLeaks Emails

Sen. Marco Rubio is keeping his mouth shut about any revelations in the WikiLeaks emails and is advising his fellow Republicans to do the same.

"As our intelligence agencies have said, these leaks are an effort by a foreign government to interfere with our electoral process and I will not indulge it,” Rubio told ABC news. "Further, I want to warn my fellow Republicans who may want to capitalize politically on these leaks: Today it is the Democrats. Tomorrow it could be us."

His position is directly at odds with the Republican nominee Donald Trump and the RNC, who have been using the revelations against Clinton and her campaign in the weeks before the election. The leaked emails have also come up in the first two debates.

"Wikileaks has provided things that are unbelievable," he said at a rally in Colorado Tuesday, accusing the media of ignoring the ongoing leaks. "The media you have to remember is an extension of the Hillary Clinton campaign. It's an extension. And without that she would be nowhere."

But while Trump regularly taunts the news media for not paying enough attention to the stolen emails, Rubio argues that making an issue out of the Wikileaks disclosures plays into the hands of the Russian government.

"I will not discuss any issue that has become public solely on the basis of Wikileaks,” Rubio tells ABC news.

Earlier this month the White House officially placed the blame on Russia for the leaks. In response, Vice President Joe Biden told NBC News recently that the U.S. would be “sending a message” to Vladimir Putin in the form of a cyber attack.