'Had election been held a day earlier, I'd have won': Hillary Clinton blames FBI, Wikileaks, Russian hackers for defeat

Washington: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has blamed FBI, Wikileaks and Russian hackers for her defeat in the 8 November presidential elections.

File image of Hillary Clinton. Reuters

File image of Hillary Clinton. Reuters

Clinton, 69, was speaking to Christiane Amanpour of CNN during an interview at Women for Women International Forum regarding the current political issues in New York. "If the election had been on 27 October, I'd be your president. And it wasn't, it was on 28 October, and there was just a lot of funny business going on around that," Clinton told CNN in an interview at Women for Women International Forum regarding current political issues.

"It wasn't a perfect campaign. There is no such thing. But I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey's letter on 28 October, and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me, but got scared off," she said. "The evidence for that intervening event is, compelling, persuasive."

"Ask yourself this, within an hour or two of the 'Hollywood Access' tape being made public, the Russian theft of John Podesta's emails hit WikiLeaks. What a coincidence. So I mean you just can't make this stuff up," Clinton said.

Responding to a question on North Korea, Clinton called for a regional effort. "There has to be a regional effort to basically incentivise the North Korean regime to understand that it will pay a much bigger price regionally, primarily from China, if it pursues this reckless policy of nuclear weapons development and very dangerously for us, the missiles that can deliver those nuclear packages to places like Hawaii and eventually, the West Coast of the US," she said.

Noting that she takes the North Korean threat very seriously, Clinton said she does not believe that the US alone is able to really put the pressure on this North Korea regime that needs to be placed. "Now, the North Koreans are always interested, not just Kim Jong-un, but his father before him, were always interested in trying to get Americans to come to negotiate, to elevate
their status and their position, she said.

"We should be very careful about giving that away. You should not offer that in the absence of broader strategic framework to try to get China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, to put the kind of pressure on the regime that will finally bring them to the negotiating table with some kind of realistic prospect for change," Clinton said.

During the interview, Clinton described Syria as another one of those wicked problems which everybody is desperately trying to figure out how to stop the civil war, how to prevent Iran from increasing its influence, how to prevent Russia from having a real foothold in the Middle East, which is something that they are desperately seeking.

"So now Turkey and what it's going to do is a big question mark, as well. So there's lots that this strike had really nothing to do with that are critical issues that still have to be addressed," she said.

Updated Date: May 03, 2017 08:22 AM

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