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Posted by hkarner - 11. Januar 2017

Date: 10-01-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Subject: Kremlin Dismisses U.S. Intelligence Report on Hacking as ‘Witch Hunt’

Assertions that Russia tried to undermine elections called ‘tiresome

MOSCOW—A Kremlin spokesman dismissed an assessment by the U.S. intelligence community regarding Moscow’s alleged role in the U.S. elections as “amateur,” Russian news agencies said Monday.

“These accusations are quite tiresome,” the spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told Russian news outlets. “This is already reminiscent of a full-scale witch hunt.”

U.S. intelligence officials released a report Friday leveling broad accusations against Russia for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and describing what it said were attempts by Moscow to carry out cyberattacks to undermine the November elections.

Russian officials had little initial comment on the report, which was made public at the end of the country’s weeklong New Year holiday. But on Monday, they were ridiculing the Obama administration and U.S. intelligence agencies.

These absolutely unsubstantiated allegations sound rather amateur and emotional, which is hardly applicable to the highly professional work of truly top-notch security services,” Mr. Peskov said.

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, mocked U.S. President Barack Obama.

“It seems if ‘Russian hackers’ hacked anything in America, it was two things: Obama’s brain and, of course, this report on ‘Russian hackers,’” she said on her Facebook page.

Scoffing government officials were joined by the country’s state-run television channels, who mocked the methodology of the report and jeered at its reception in the West.

“The publication of the report by U.S. intelligence services about Russian cyberattacks provoked a flurry of hysteria in the American media,” said a report on NTV, one of Russia’s three top networks.

The network also said the report had been the result of “watching TV and reading the internet. What deep analysis.”

Several Russian media outlets poked fun at the German newspaper Bild for an alleged mistake regarding the salary of the average Russian hacker, which was printed in rubles rather than euros.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied involvement in the theft and leak of emails from the Democratic National Convention last year. It has blamed U.S. political elites for attempting to distract attention from domestic issues by pointing the finger at Russia.

Mr. Peskov said Monday that it was impossible to assess Donald Trump’s attitude toward the report, which asserted that state-funded Russian media outlets consistently showed positive footage of the president-elect and negative footage of his Democratic Party opponent Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Trump had not made any “unequivocal comments on the issue,” the Kremlin spokesman said.


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