U.S. hackers could have confined Russia in election hack, claims Putin.
American hackers could have planted false confirmation that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election, President Vladimir Putin was cited as saying by NBC News on Saturday.
U.S. intelligence department have said Russia attempted to meddle in the U.S. intelligence by hacking the Democratic Party to influence the vote for Donald Trump, a charge the Kremlin has over and again denied.
In a meeting with NBC News' Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, a see of which was revealed to media, Mr. Putin said hackers in the United States could have made it look like Russia was behind the hack for political reasons.
"hackers can be anyplace. They can be in Russia, in Asia... indeed, even in America, Latin America," Mr. Putin said. "They can even be hackers, incidentally, in the United States, who skilfully and professionally, moved the fault, as we say, on to Russia."
"Could you envision something to that effect? Amidst a political fight. By a few computations, it was advantageous for them to revealed this data, so they discharged it, refering to Russia. Would you be able to envision something to that effect? I can."
Talking at Russia's leader St Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, Putin said the hacking allegations were close to "destructive chatter" and any proof refered to by U.S. insight could without much of a stretch have been faked.