The administration of US President Barack Obama is trying to blame Russia for the “staggering loss” of the Democratic Party, which led to rise of Donald Trump in the US politics, an analyst says.
Late on Friday, the Washington Post quoted US intelligence officials as saying that they have identified “individuals with connections to the Russian government, who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including [Democratic nominee] Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.”
“There’s no hard evidence,” Dave Lindorff, an author and investigative journalist based in Philadelphia, told Press TV in a phone interview on Sunday.
The Post report prompted the president to order the CIA to launch an investigation into Russian attempts to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 vote.
“The CIA is run by political appointees from the Obama administration. It gets a little tricky because, historically, the CIA director is not a position that is changed at whim by each president as they come in; it’s supposed to be above politics like the FBI director,” said Lindorff. “I think what’s likely to happen is that Trump will come in and appoint his new director and the CIA will become a creature of the Trump administration.“
The president-elect appeared on Fox News Sunday, calling the allegations that he was supported by Moscow “ridiculous.”
"I think it's ridiculous. I think it's just another excuse. I don't believe it," he said.
The New York billionaire has not only refused to condemn a possible Russian intervention in the US election but also called on Russian hackers to continue leaking data on Clinton and the DNC in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.
Furthermore, Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have on various occasions expressed admiration for one another.
Moscow has, on the other hand, vehemently rejected any efforts to intervene in the US elections.