World Putin: Ex-FBI head Comey gave no proof Russia meddled in U.S. election

16:55  15 june  2017
16:55  15 june  2017 Source:   Reuters

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MOSCOW Former FBI director James Comey presented no evidence to prove that Russia had meddled in the U . S . presidential election , Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, saying Washington had tried to influence Russian elections for years.

MOSCOW, June 15 (Reuters) - Former FBI director James Comey presented no evidence to prove that Russia had meddled in the U . S . presidential election , Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, saying Washington had tried to influence Russian elections for years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said it was © Alex Brandon Russian President Vladimir Putin said it was "very strange" for former FBI Director James Comey to leak details about Comey's conversations with President Trump. Former FBI Director James Comey has presented no evidence to prove that Moscow meddled in the U.S. presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, adding that Washington had tried to influence Russian elections for years.

Putin was referring to Comey's testimony to the U.S. Senate's Intelligence Committee.

"I am not familiar in detail with the testimony given by former FBI Director Comey," Putin said during a question and answer session with citizens. "Again, he gave no evidence of this (Russian meddling)."

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MOSCOW - Former FBI director James Comey presented no evidence to prove that Russia had meddled in the US presidential election , Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, saying Washington had tried to influence Russian elections for years.

MOSCOW - Former FBI director James Comey presented no evidence to prove that Russia had meddled in the U . S . presidential election , Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, saying Washington had tried to influence Russian elections for years.

"And what about constant U.S. propaganda, constant U.S. support of America-oriented non-government organizations by giving them money directly? Isn't it an impact on our minds? Isn't it an attempt to influence how we should behave during election campaigns? This continues year after year," he said.

Putin, in a combative mood, said many heads of state around the world had told him of similar U.S. meddling in their internal affairs. But they would not voice their concerns openly, fearing to "spoil relations" with Washington, he said.

As for Russia, "we have an opinion of our own, we express it openly. But this is not any sort of underground subversive activity," Putin said.

Putin also said that it was "very strange" for a former FBI chief to leak details of his conversations with the U.S. president to the media through a friend of his.

"What is the difference then between the FBI director and Mr. Snowden?" Putin said, in a reference to former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who was granted asylum in Russia in 2013 after leaking classified information about U.S. spy operations.

"In this case, he (Comey) is not the head of a special service but a human rights activist who defends a certain position," Putin said.

"By the way, if he (Comey) is subject to any sort of persecution in connection with this, we will be ready to give him political asylum in Russia. And he should know about this."

Reporting by Moscow newsroom; writing by Dmitry Solovyov; editing by Gareth Jones

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