'Ludicrous': Kremlin Dismisses Report of Putin Involvement in DNC Hack
The Kremlin on Thursday sharply condemned an NBC News article that quoted two unnamed senior U.S. intelligence officials who said that Putin was personally involved in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hacks and alleged U.S. election interference.
USA Today reports:
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One of the “high-level” intelligence officials quoted by NBC told the outlet that what “began as a ‘vendetta’ against Hillary Clinton morphed into an effort to show corruption in American politics and to ‘split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] couldn’t depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore.'”
The U.S. has “solid information” tying Putin to the DNC hacks, the official said.
The government has still not released proof that Russia interfered in the presidential election, observers continue to point out.
“If you care about the country enough to be angry at the prospect of election-meddling, you should be terrified of the prospect of military tensions with Russia based on hidden evidence,” argued The Intercept‘s Sam Biddle. “You need not look too far back in recent history to find an example of when wrongly blaming a foreign government for sponsoring an attack on the U.S. has tremendously backfired.”
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