President elect Donald Trump has made an assault on America's intelligence community.
Trump tweeted that an intelligence briefing which he was due to receive on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, which is said to have benefited Donald Trump had been delayed.
"Perhaps Intelligence community needs more time to build a case. Very strange!" Trump wrote.
But American intelligence officials insisted that there had been no delay in their briefing schedule.
Several American agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) believes that Russia had directed the hacks against the Democratic Party and the campaign of its presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, by releasing embarrassing information through Wikileaks and other social media platforms to help Donald Trump win the election.
Donald Trump has dismissed all the claims as "ridiculous" but subsequently said he would meet American intelligence chiefs to be "updated on the facts of this situation".
Julian Assange founder of Wikileaks said once again on Tuesday that the Russians were not the source for the website's mass leak of emails from the Democratic Party, who were in the run-up to the American presidential election.
In other news development, Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has agreed that he will cut all ties with Exxon Mobil and comply with conflict-of-interest requirements.