Putin praises Trump, says U.S. spies may have faked hacking evidence

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 02, 2017 9:53 AM

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Donald Trump had run a more effective presidential campaign than Hillary Clinton and that U.S. intelligence agencies may have faked evidence of campaign hacking.

Putin, addressing an economic forum in St Petersburg, said U.S. allegations that Russia had hacked the Democratic Party to help Trump amounted to "harmful gossip."

When it came to the alleged hacking, he said there were no "Russian fingerprints."

(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh, Christian Lowe, Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Andrew Osborn)