CIA intelligence reports have concluded that the Russian government played a role in the DNC hack in order to sway the election's results. Now, the Russian government has a message for the American government: show us your evidence.
"They need to either stop talking about this or finally present some sort of proof," a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said, according to the BBC. “Otherwise, it all begins to look quite unseemly,” he added, notes the New York Times.
"There are still a whole range of assessments taking place among the agencies," President Obama, who recently ordered an in-depth investigation of the hacks, told NPR.
And so when I receive a final report, you know, we'll be able to, I think, give us a comprehensive and best guess as to those motivations. But that does not in any way, I think, detract from the basic point that everyone during the election perceived accurately — that in fact what the Russian hack had done was create more problems for the Clinton campaign than it had for the Trump campaign. There's no doubt that it contributed to an atmosphere in which the only focus for weeks at a time, months at a time were Hillary's emails, the Clinton Foundation, political gossip surrounding the DNC.
According to CNN, Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, called the U.S. conclusion a vindication.
"Well I almost was, like, vindicated when the same administration in Washington suddenly started to speak about Russian involvement in the election," he began. "Because we, for me, it's déjà vu. They were the same people telling us, ‘no, no, it cannot possibly be true.’ And now it came to their doorsteps. And of course he [Putin] does all those things. Of course he is a great master."
For his part, Republican President-elect Donald Trump is brushing off accusations of foreign intervention, calling it “ridiculous," according to the BBC.
Rep. Peter King, a Republican from New York, agrees with Trump. “Right now, certain elements of the media, certain elements of the intelligence community and certain politicians are really doing the work of the Russians — they’re creating this uncertainty over the election,” he said, according to the New York Times.