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Russia meddled in U.S election, George W. Bush says

From Reuters - February 8, 2018

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Former U.S. president George W. Bush accused Russia on Thursday of meddling in the U.S. 2016presidential election, callingRussian President Vladimir Putin a brilliant tactician.

Bush, interviewed on stage at a business conference in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, said there was clear evidence that the Russians had meddled but whether that affected the outcome of the election was another question.

But they meddled and that is dangerous for democracy, he said, adding that Russia had done the same thing during the Cold War and was adept at trying to manipulate opinion in the United States and Europe.

Putin is a brilliant tactician who has the capacity to detect weakness and exploit it, Bush said.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied accusations by U.S. intelligence officials and others of interfering in foreign elections, including the 2016 U.S. vote.

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