President Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that Russia’s meddling in the election was now ‘beyond dispute’, conceding the results of Robert Mueller’s probe and directly contradicting the US Russian foreign minister who labeled them ‘just babble’ moments earlier.
McMaster was speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday morning.
He said the evidence that there was interference ‘is now incontrovertible’ and he credited Mueller’s investigation and the sensational, long-awaited indictment for bringing it to the surface.
‘As you can see with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain.’
Laughing off the notion that the US could work with the Kremlin on the issue of cyber security in the future, he said:
‘I’m surprised there are any Russian cyber experts available based on how active most of them have been undermining our democracies in the West.
‘We would love to have a cyber dialogue when Russia is sincere about curtailing its sophisticated form of espionage.’
Moments earlier on the same stage, foreign minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed the indictment and its allegations.
‘I have no response. You can publish anything, and we see those indictments multiplying, the statements multiplying.
‘Until we see the facts, everything else is just blabber.’
He said there was an ‘irrational myth’ that Russia was threatening the West, and said: ‘traces’ of it ‘are found everywhere from Brexit to the Catalan referendum.’
Both were responding to the 37-page indictment returned on Friday by a grand jury which charges 13 Russian individuals and three companies with a series of crimes relating to the interference.
Among them is a millionaire restaurateur known as Putin’s chef and a retired police colonel who acted as the front for the organization which led the interference and what is known as ‘the troll factory’.
Among those indicted are a businessman nicknamed Putin’s ‘chef’, a woman who acted as a spy for the organization to come to the US in 2014 to gather intel and a computer whiz who used servers to hide ‘troll factory’s location’.
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Source: Daily Mail