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    The Kremlin spokesman ruled out the "absurd" allegations of Russia's involvement in hacking of the US Democratic National Committee and called them attempts to "manically use" Moscow in the presidential run.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed "absurd" reports on Tuesday that Moscow had been involved in the hacking scandal surrounding the US Democratic National Committee.

    "Overall, we still see attempts to use — manically use — the Russian issue during the US electoral campaign. These absurd news were immediately refuted directly by a presidential candidate's family," Peskov said.

    On Friday, the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks published nearly 20,000 emails from the DNC. The campaign of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Russian hackers could be behind the leak.

    The hacked emails revealed misconduct by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other top DNC members who worked to obstruct Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign to boost Clinton’s chances of becoming the party’s presidential nominee.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has also dismissed the allegations.

    "I wouldn't like to use profanity," Lavrov told reporters asked whether Russia was behind the alleged hacking.


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