The United States is threatening Russia in an “unprecedented” manner, Moscow says, vowing to take “precautionary measures.”
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov addressed Saturday the allegations by US authorities about Russia’s role in hacking attempts, targeting the US 2016 presidential election.
Speaking to RIA Novosti, Peskov cited recent remarks by US Vice President Joe Biden, concluding that US threats against Moscow are serious.
“The fact is, US unpredictability and aggression keep growing, and such threats against Moscow and our country’s leadership are unprecedented, because the threat is being announced at the level of the US Vice President,” he said.“Of course, given such an aggressive, unpredictable line, we have to take measures to protect our interests, somehow hedge the risks.”
“Such unpredictability is dangerous for the whole world.”
Biden (pictured above) indicated Friday that the US was ready to respond to Russia’s cyberattacks, saying, the US is “sending a message” to Russian President Vladimir Putin. “We have a capacity to do it.”
Citing current and former officials with direct knowledge of the situation, the NBC News reported Friday that the CIA has been asked to lay out options for a "clandestine" cyber operation designed to “embarrass” Russia.
The spying agency has apparently begun “opening cyber doors, selecting targets and making other preparations for an operation.”
WikiLeaks, which has been blamed by US authorities for working with Russia, reacted to the announcement, suggesting that such a plan is fake.
The transparency website, which has released thousands of emails from the campaign of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton ahead of the November 8 vote, undermined the attempt, saying on Twitter that “If the US ‘clandestine’ pending cyberwar on Russia was serious: 1) it would not have been announced 2) it would be the NSA [National Security Agency] and not the CIA.”
Earlier this month, the administration of President Barack Obama issued a statement, formally accusing Kremlin of attempts to "interfere" with the election.
In late July, WikiLeaks released thousands of hacked emails from the democratic National Committee, which revealed an insider effort in the party to undermine Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ bid for the White House.
According to the Clinton campaign, such releases are "consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts.”
During the second debate with GOP nominee Donald Trump on October 9, Clinton suggested that Russia seeks the presidency of Trump by launching such attacks against her campaign.
Addressing an economic forum in Moscow, the Russian president said Wednesday that the hacking attempts have “nothing to do with Russia's interests.”
"Everyone is talking about 'who did it.’ But is it that important? The most important thing is what is inside this information," Putin asserted.