Defending itself, the Russian government said it “never interferes in electoral processes in other countries, including the United States. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov called the allegations “absurd” and said, “Moscow scrupulously avoids any actions, any statements that could be interpreted as direct or indirect interference into electoral processes.”
Russia is responding to statements by US President Barack Obama, who said it is likely that Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers and leaked information to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. He confirmed that “experts have attributed this to the Russians”. In an interview to NBC News, Obama said, “Anything’s possible,” after speculations were raised on the same.
Obama also noted the relationship between Russian premier Vladimir Putin and Republican nominee Donald Trump. He said Putin might prefer Donald Trump over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as Trump has “repeatedly expressed admiration” for him. “I think that — Trump’s gotten pretty favorable coverage — back in Russia,” Obama said.
As part of its “Hillary Leaks” campaign, WikiLeaks released a trove of e-mail from the Democratic National Committee to various people, including its own officials, journalists and officers. The e-mails depict favouritism for Hillary Clinton, over other candidates especially Bernie Sanders.
Apart from the political backlash to the leak, it prompted the resignation of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Julian Assange warned of “a lot of material” which will be unearthed, which includes “enough evidence” for the Department of Justice to indict Hillary Clinton.