Russia has apparently decided that the election hacking scandal has gone beyond ridiculous. Moscow Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Moscow has grown “tired” of what is “reminiscent of a witch hunt,” and that it sees US hacking intelligence allegations as “amateurish” in nature.
He also told reporters that the intelligence report released on Friday is a publication that:
“…has not added any substance for comment. From our point of view [the report is], groundless accusations backed by nothing sound, fairly amateur, on an emotional level, which can hardly apply to highly-professional work of truly highly-qualified intelligence agencies.”
Friday’s declassified report was released by The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (OSNI) and detailed Russia’s attempted efforts to hack Democratic outfits over the course of the 2016 election for the purpose of influencing the results.
The report came out the day after key intelligence officials such as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers gave their testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Clapper claimed that the intelligence community had become more “resolute” in regard to its suspicions that Russia had done some hacking.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is also thought to have played a key role in the the Russian hacking of the US 2016 election. Assange made his thoughts known on Monday at a press conference broadcast via Periscope:
“It is, frankly, quite embarrassing to the reputation of the US intelligence services.”
He added that the report was:
“…clearly designed for political effect.”
WikiLeaks was accused as being a vehicle used by Russian hackers to distribute stolen documents.
The report also accused the Russians of placing “trolls” on key social media sites for the purpose of using their, “state-run propaganda machine” to proliferate stories that were damaging to Hilary Clinton’s campaign.
President-elect Trump has certainly made his thoughts known via Twitter. On Saturday, Trump said that, “Only reason the hacking of the poorly defended DNC is discussed is that the loss by the Dems was so big that they are totally embarrassed!”
Trump’s ex-CIA chief James Woolsey expressed some concern about Trump’s use of twitter once Inauguration Day concludes. While Trump has been hailed for using Twitter as an effective tool for campaigning, it’s beginning to look as though he doesn’t plan to back down from using it even after he officially takes office. Woolsey, has suggested that Trump might want to re-evaluate the way he uses Twitter because, “governing in 140 character transmissions is a lot harder.”
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