Putin Says A Child Could Fake Hacking Evidence

Marco Green
June 3, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin denied Friday that Moscow had colluded with members of Donald Trump's campaign team before the new administration took office, and said that USA allegations that Russia tipped the 2016 presidential election on behalf of Trump "reminds me of anti-Semitism and blaming the Jews".

President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that some "patriotic" individuals may have engaged in hacking but insisted Russian Federation as a country has never done it, and he pledged Thursday to wait out US political battles to forge constructive ties with President Donald Trump.

Putin, addressing the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, said on Friday that the hacking accusations were nothing more than "harmful gossip" which he complained was damaging international relations and the global economy.

The New York property tycoon, who praised Putin repeatedly during last year's presidential campaign, is facing multiple probes in Washington into the extent of his alleged links to the Kremlin.

He joked that Mr. Trump's move made him a convenient person to blame for any spell of bad weather, including wet snow in Moscow on Friday, an extremely rare occurrence in the summer. Jeff Sessions - had with Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak.

The Prime Minister further said that in the eighties and nineties, the world did not fully understand terrorism and the dangers it posed.

"To say "Macron Leaks" was APT28, I'm absolutely incapable today of doing that", he told the AP this week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says a chemical attack in Syria was a provocation against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Despite the conclusion from the USA intelligence community that hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign was directed by Russia, Putin maintains his country was not involved.

Having called North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "an instrument of U.S. foreign policy", the Russian president said that the lack of "constructive dialogue" with the military alliance impedes joint efforts on fighting terrorism.

Putin said officials accusing Russian Federation of hacking the US election "reminds me of anti-Semitism and blaming the Jews". Having wondered what is the goal of the alliance if both the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact are no more, the president said that the failed dialogue with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is not Russia's fault.

He asks Putin whether, as a former KGB agent, he despises Snowden - who was given refuge in Russian Federation after he initiated one of the largest data leaks in U.S. history.

Putin said Thursday that "patriotic" Russians could have been involved, but covered their tracks to make it seem like the operation was run by the Russian government. It's unclear if Putin was suggesting he has seen the classified reports. And what is an ambassador supposed to do? By the way, we should be grateful to President Trump.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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