'Egregiously false': Giuliani's claim that Russia hacks were in the public interest debunked by professor
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Fox News (screengrab)

One of Rudy Giuliani's defenses of the Russian theft of Democratic e-mails ahead of the 2016 presidential election was that the information they stole and distributed through WikiLeaks was in the public interest because it revealed information about Hillary Clinton.

"They shouldn't have stolen it," he said in his recent interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo. "But the American people were just given more information about how deceptive, how manipulative her people, her campaign were ... if it hurt at all, it hurt her because the American people got information that was gotten in the wrong way, but it was all true."

McGill University political science professor Jacob Levy posted a long thread on Twitter explaining the key reason why Giuliani's argument is nonsense: the e-mails stolen by Russia didn't actually contain any information that incriminated Clinton, they just confused people into believing there must be fire in all the smoke.