Senior Democrat leader says Russia conducted cyber attacks on U S election system
The recent efforts to hack the US state election system was made by Russia, a senior Democratic lawmaker reportedly claimed on Sunday saying that he had “no doubt” over that.
Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, also urged the government to publicly blame Moscow for making such attempts, media reports revealed.
During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Adam Schiff said: “I have no doubt [this is Russia]. And I don’t think the administration has any doubt.”
The US security agencies have earlier concluded that Russian intelligence agencies carried out all the major cyberattacks on U.S. political organizations.
Schiff also said that he doubts hackers could falsify vote tallies making changes in the election outcome.
The statement from Adam Schiff comes amid the Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has expressed his concern over voter fraud claiming that is a big, big problem in this country.”
Commenting on the allegations made on Russia over the hacking activity, Trump recently said during a debate: “It could be Russia, but it could also be China. “It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.”
However, Russian officials have reportedly denied such allegations. Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier said that accusing the country is an electioneering trick which distracts the public from the content of the leaked materials. Sputniknews reported.
The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was cited by Sputniknews as saying the accusations “so absurd it borders on total stupidity.”
He called those baseless charges the “American style” when blame is cast first and investigations are held afterwards. “We in Russia are used to investigating first, before accusing anyone of anything. We believe it is more logical and more correct,” a report published in Sputniknews revealed.
“Russia does not interfere, and never will interfere, in the internal affairs — especially the elections — of any other countries, including the US,” he added.