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‘The US government is “confident” that Russia “authorized” recent hacks of US officials’ and organizations’ emails, intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security claim in a statement. Moscow says the accusations are “yet another fit of nonsense.”

“Disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts,” says a joint official statement from the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of National Intelligence that was issued Friday.

“We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities,” says the statement, posted by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.’

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