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US points finger at Vladimir Putin over email hack

By Bradley Klapper

The White House has suggested that Russian president Vladimir Putin personally authorised the hacking of Democratic officials' email accounts in the run-up to the US presidential election.

It added that it was a "fact" that hacking had helped President-elect Donald Trump's campaign, and levelled an astounding attack on Mr Trump himself, saying it was "obvious" he knew of Russia's interference.

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After NBC News quoted US intelligence officials pointing the finger at Mr Putin, White House press secretary Josh Earnest pointed to an October assessment of the US intelligence community that said "only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorised these activities".

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