Moscow, January 10: Russia has refused accusations of its involvement in hacker attacks during the U.S. 2016 presidential election. "that it was a "tiresome witch-hunt", commented Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
The U.S. intelligence community's declassified part of a report "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections," had claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election.
The report also said that 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 is hardly applicable to the highly professional work of high-quality security services.
Reportedly, Trump has accepted the U.S. intelligence community's findings that Russia was behind the cyber attacks targeting the presidential election, accusations that Trump has repeatedly rebuffed. Notably, Trump has said that the alleged hacking activities had no impact on the election results and he didn't directly acknowledge Moscow's responsibility.