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Is Trump Treasonous? Panetta Calls Him Danger to National Security
Former defense chief denounces GOP nominee's encouragement of Russia to spy on the U.S.

Leon Panetta tries to talk over chants of no more war at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump's invitation to Russian spies to find lost emails routed through Hillary Clinton's notorious private server was "irresponsible" and clearly underscores that "he cannot become our commander in chief," former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta said on Wednesday.  

"Think about that, Donald Trump, who wants to be president, is asking one of our adversaries to engage in hacking or intelligence efforts against the United States of America to affect an election," Panetta told the Democratic National Convention.  

Biden on DNC Hack: 'Totally Consistent With Who Putin Is'
Russian officials say story was planted to exploit fear in American electorate

Vice President Joe Biden said the DNC hack fit the "modus agendi" of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian officials dismiss the suggestion that the Kremlin hacked Democratic Party emails as a "maniacal" ploy to exploit fear of Russia and gain traction in the presidential election, although they do not specify who they think had planted the story.  

"This is not breaking new ground," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters  Tuesday when asked about the leaked emails, according to a Reuters report. "This is an old trick which is being played again."