Kremlin: U.S. report on Russian hacking ‘unfounded,’ ‘amateurishly emotional’

Russian President Vladimir Putin, seen here addressing the United Nations, is accused of possibly directing a scheme to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election through cyberattacks. Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, on Monday called the conclusion by U.S. intelligence agencies "absolutely unfounded" and "amateurishly emotional." File Photo by Monika Graff/UPI

MOSCOW, Jan. 9 (UPI) — Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, has dismissed U.S. intelligence reports alleging the Kremlin interfered with the U.S. election as “absolutely unfounded” and “amateurishly emotional.”

Peskov said the conclusion by the CIA, which was endorsed by the FBI and 15 other intelligence agencies, was “already reminiscent of a witch-hunt.” The CIA also said it’s very likely that high-level Russian government officials, including Putin, authorized the hacking.

“The absolutely unfounded accusations sound at a rather amateurishly emotional level that can be hardly applied to a highly professional work of high-class special services,” Peskov said on Monday. “We still don’t know what is in fact and what data those who make such unfounded accusations have.”

Last week, three of the top U.S. intelligence officials — Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, U.S. Cyber Command Commander and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers and Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Marcel Lettre II — told the Senate Armed Services Committee their agencies’ investigations found that Moscow was responsible for carrying out a cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee, as well as a smaller attack on its Republican counterpart, Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign and manager John Podesta, and other political organizations.

Peskov said that Moscow was “observing a serious fatigue with these accusations,” adding that the part of the report that was published “did not add any substance” to the allegations.

“We understand that our U.S. colleagues underwent such stages of a witch-hunt in different stages of their history,” Peskov said. “We know that they are later replaced by more sober specialists with more sober approaches but still oriented at a dialogue rather than emotional convulsions.”

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President-elect Donald Trump has taken a position of skepticism regarding the intelligence community’s report and President Barack Obama‘s sanctions in response, calling them “ridiculous” — despite his own statement in September that Russia could be involved. Thursday, he tweeted that he is a “big fan” of the U.S. intelligence community.

The U.S. intelligence agencies said the hacks were authorized to help Trump defeat Clinton.

Peskov said the published report “arouses nothing but disappointment,” criticizing the “amount of emotions on this scarce material.”

Peskov said Trump “has not made any unambiguous statement on this matter” so the Kremlin “can’t draw any conclusions” about his position on the U.S. intelligence report.

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  1. The fix was in when Putin threatened nuclear war if Clinton was elected. How did he do that? First by misinformation from Russians to that effect. But Putin went further. He actually had Russians undergo survival drills as if nuclear war was imminent. And these drills were reported everywhere — bolstering his argument that Americans had better not vote for Clinton. And it worked — being as we are overly cautious on matters of self-preservation.
    But what would Putin gain from Trump who can’t get too friendly with Russia under a Republican Congress. Well, he might get friendlier, and that wouldn’t hurt. But even if he doesn’t, Trump is sure to alienate our friends the world over. Putin knows that a loose cannon in the Oval Office can do a lot of damage to America.

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