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    US intelligence community's report on alleged 'Russian hacking' of the US election is a perfect example of 'propaganda merry-go-round', Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said during her weekly press briefing.

    The report contains only unfounded accusations and has no evidential base, Zakharova said.

    "The document… whose main goal was to complicate the process of normalizing relations with Russia for the new team, does not contain any serious evidentiary basis. All these are unfounded accusations," Zakharova said.

    On Tuesday, CNN and BuzzFeed reported on memos, compiled by a former intelligence officer from the United Kingdom, which allege that Trump has been groomed and supported by Russian intelligence for at least five years.

    Describing the process of how these allegations travel around the US mainstream media, Zakharova said that all kinds of information war measures are used to promote anti-Russian ideas.

    She pointed out that, by blaming RT and Sputnik for propaganda, the US media and intelligence services forget 'clearly propagandist' news outlets like Voice of America or Radio Liberty. "It is shameful," Zakharova said.

    Zakharova pointed out that Germany has embraced the 'Russian hacking' of elections narrative.

    She said that it is regretful that Berlin seemingly has decided to follow in the footsteps of the outgoing US administration, claiming that Russia is trying to influence domestic political processes in Germany as well as 'hacking' the infrastructure of the OSCE. These allegations are completely unsubstantiated, Zakharova stressed.

    "Continuing the topic regarding hackers, I would like to say that Germany continues to fuel tensions around Russia's alleged attempts to influence the internal political processes in Germany. And this information carousel includes German media and official structures," Zakharova said. "It is regrettable that Berlin apparently decided to follow in the footsteps of the outgoing [US] administration, without thinking about the consequences for the Russian-German relations," she told reporters.

    Last week, US Intelligence Community released a public version of a comprehensive intelligence report assessing Russian activities and intentions related to the 2016 US presidential election. The report accused Russia of trying to influence the election. After being briefed on the report, Trump said the DNC hack did not have an impact on the election outcome.

    Russia has repeatedly denied the US allegations calling them absurd and characterizing them as an attempt to divert public opinion from revelations of corruption as well as other pressing domestic issues.

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