US President Obama’s comments about Wikileaks in his farewell press conference cast doubt on earlier claims that Russia provided DNC and Podesta emails to Wikileaks.
During a press conference with the President of Moldova, Russian President Putin made clear his anger at the campaign underway in the US to delegitimise and box in President elect Trump, and his still greater anger at the way Russia and he personally are being involved in it.
Revelations that a former British intelligence officer compiled the ‘Trump Dossier’ comes shortly after media reports of a British tip-off to the US of Russian interference in the US election, suggesting that some of the anti-Trump and anti-Russia ‘fake news’ stories which have circulated in recent weeks have a British origin.
The attribution of the Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear hacking groups to (respectively) the FSB and the GRU, looks groundless and arbitrary, and appears to be contrary to the remit of these agencies, casting further doubt on the claims of Russia’s responsibility for the hacking of the DNC and Podesta.
Barack Obama announces more sanctions against Russia, citing alleged Russian hacking during US election. However though the sanctions will annoy the Russians, they will not seriously affect them. Their true purpose is to create further embarrassment for Donald Trump by insinuating that he owes the Russians the Presidency.