Hillary Clinton claims she lost election because Trump 'colluded with 1,000 Russian agents'

Hillary Clinton has launched an incendiary attack on Donald Trump, claiming that he colluded with Russian efforts to stop her from winning the US Presidency.

Speaking at a tech conference in California’s Silicon Valley, the former Secretary of State received huge applause as she made a series of stark claims – including her belief that the ‘vast majority’ of news about her on Facebook was fake.

She also openly admitted that she believed Trump had ‘colluded’ with Russia in a bid to become President.

She told the assembled crowd: ‘I take responsibility for every decision I made but that is not why I lost.

Hillary Clinton addresses her staff and supporters, and Donald Trump speaks at election night rally, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York.
Hillary Clinton has openly accused Trump of being in cahoots with Russian efforts to derail the election (Picture: Carlos Barria/Reuters, Mike Segar/Reuters)

’The Russians in my opinion – and based on intelligence and counterintelligence people I have spoken to – could not have known best how to weaponise that information unless they had been guided by a specific group of people. By Americans.’

Mrs Clinton then turned her attentions to Facebook, and claimed that ‘low information voters’ had been persuaded by reading a slew of fake news that had been spread on Facebook.

’Some people were sucked in. Some people stayed home. Some people voted Trump’, she alleged – before claiming that ‘1,000 Russian agents’ had been involved in attempts to make her lose.

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She also referenced the ‘Pizzagate’ scandal as an example of fake news – after conspiracy theorists claimed that she was running a prostitution ring from a New York pizza parlour.

She added: ‘You had counties that had voted for Obama and were not particularly keen about voting for Trump, but worried that I was going to jail, worried that I was, you know, running a child trafficking operation in the basement of a pizzeria.

‘The kind of things that were in WikiLeaks – you laugh, but people were obsessing over this stuff. Obsessing over it.’