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Moscow Denies Claims It Hacked U.S. Democratic Party Emails

The Kremlin has denied allegations that Moscow hacked U.S. Democratic Party e-mails, saying Russia never interfered in other countries' election campaigns.

"We see that the Russia card is...on the writing table of all Washington politicians during the election campaign, and that very often they make it a trump card in their game," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on July 27.

The leak of thousands of Democratic National Committee (DNC) e-mails showing top party leaders favored Hillary Clinton's candidacy despite their vow to remain neutral in her primary contest with rival Bernie Sanders caused embarrassment for Clinton only days before she was due to get the party's official nomination.

Peskov was speaking after U.S. President Barack Obama said in an interview with NBC News that it was possible Russia would try to influence the U.S. presidential election.

"What we do know is that the Russians hack our systems. Not just government systems, but private systems," Obama said.

Moscow had already rejected accusations by the Clinton campaign that Russia was involved in the leak of e-mails meant to help Republican presidential candidate Trump as "absurd."

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters

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