Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that blaming Moscow for using cyberattacks to interfere in next month’s U.S. presidential election is mere “hysteria” whipped up by Washington.
Speaking at a Valdai International Discussion Club meeting in Sochi, Mr. Putin once again dismissed Russia’s alleged involvement in recent cyber intrusions and email leaks suffered by individuals and organizations tied to the U.S. Democratic Party.
“Hysteria has been whipped up in the United States about the influence of Russia over the U.S. presidential election,” Mr. Putin said during Thursday’s event, as translated by Reuters.
“Does anyone seriously think Russia can somehow influence the choice of the U.S. people? Is the U.S. some kind of banana republic?” Mr. Putinasked, according to AFP. “The United States is a great power. Please correct me if I’m wrong.”
October 27, 2016