“Press 3 For Election Interference” – Russia Mocks U.S. With April Fool’s Post
(Via New York Daily News)
The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that it’s April Fool’s prank on the U.S. claims of election interference was official.
In a cheeky move OK’d by the Putin administration, the ministry posted a proposed voicemail message for its embassy answering machines on Facebook: “To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1,” the recording begins, in Russian and English. Press 2 “to use the services of Russian hackers,” and 3 “to request election interference.”
Upon request from theAssociated Press, a ministry duty officer, who did not give his name in line with official practice, confirmed that the post was an official joke. The election allegations have been the subject of ridicule across Russian media.
President Vladimir Putin renewed his emphatic denial of any Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election on Thursday. “Read my lips,” the president said in an interview. “No.”
Despite the official denial and ridicule, the FBI continues to investigate the Russian hacking of the presidential election and potential collusion between President Trump campaign officials and Moscow.