The Kremlin says the allegations that Russia
was behind the hacking of Democratic Party emails were meant to cover up “shenanigans” by domestic forces manipulating the election campaign.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, suggested Sunday that Russian intelligence services had hacked into Democratic National Committee computers.
“Such pronouncements by Mrs. Clinton are of the pre-election rhetoric genre and do not contain anything tangible,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday, Reuters reported.
“In this case they are trying to camouflage some of their own shenanigans by demonizing Russia,” he said. “We consider that to be wrong.”
intelligence agencies previously indicated that they had “high confidence” the Russian government was behind the hack.
On July 22, the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks published thousands of hacked emails obtained from the DNC’s servers, exposing an insider effort by DNC officials to undermine US Senator Bernie Sanders’ bid for the White House.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on July 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (AFP photo)
In an interview with Fox News
, Clinton implied that there was a connection between the cyber attack and Republican rival Donald Trump’s supposed overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We know that Donald Trump has shown a very troubling willingness to back-up Putin, to support Putin,” she said.
The Kremlin has said it does not favor any candidate in the US election.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the US accusations against Moscow were insulting and unworthy, the Interfax news agency reported.
Washington has not publicly accused Moscow of being behind the hack.