Election: Russia denies involvement in hacker attacks against U.S.

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The Kremlin on Monday refuted accusations of Russia’s involvement in hacker attacks during the U.S. 2016 presidential election, saying that it was a “tiresome witch-hunt.’’

“We continue to categorically rule out any involvement of Moscow and Russian officials and agencies in any hacker attacks,’’ Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.

Earlier this month, the U.S. intelligence community published the declassified part of a report.

“Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections,’’ claiming that “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election.’’

The report said Moscow’s action aimed to “undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process,’’ via Russian government agencies, state-funded media, paid social media users as well as hackers, in order to secure Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election.

Peskov said that the allegations in the U.S. intelligence community publication had no proof and had been prepared at an “amateur, emotional level,’’ which was hardly applicable to the highly professional work of high-quality security services.

On Sunday, the Trump team said Trump had accepted the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that Russia was behind the cyber attacks targeting the presidential election, accusations that Trump had also repeatedly rebuffed.

But Trump has said that the alleged hacking activities have no impact on the election results and he didn’t directly acknowledge Moscow’s responsibility.