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    US Has No Information on Claims That Russia’s Putin Was Involved in Hacking

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    The Obama administration has received no additional intelligence confirming media reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed hacking in the 2016 US presidential election, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a briefing Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – On Wednesday, NBC News anonymously cited two senior intelligence officials as saying a full analysis of the hacking, ordered by President Barack Obama, contained evidence of Putin's personal involvement.

    "I do not have an additional intelligence assessment to share from the podium," Earnest told reporters when asked about Putin's alleged role in campaign cyberattacks. "There are officials in the intelligence community, who are apparently calling all of you to share their thoughts and conclusions."

    Earnest added that it’s still relevant to consider an October 7 statement by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that senior Russian officials could have authorized malicious cyber activities during the US election season.

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