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MOSCOW, March 23. /TASS/. Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has stated that, in his view, he has no right to comment on numerous information leaks in the US bureaucratic system.
"This is an internal US affair," he told reporters. "Thank God, we have nothing of this kind. There are leaks, but not to such an extent." Peskov emphasized that "he does not think he has the right to comment on" such issues. "This is an internal affair of our partners," he added.
Over the past few months, US President Donald Trump has strongly criticized many leading US media outlets, including CNN and the New York Times. He accused journalists of publishing reports, which do not conform to reality, and citing non-existent sources. Trump also promised that he would fight such illegal leaks.
According to the official statistics provided by the US Department of Justice, the amount of leaked classified information more than doubled last year. The Department of Justice said that in 2016 it had received information on 37 cases of unauthorized disclosure of classified information, while there were only 18 such cases in 2015.
Politico reported in February citing its own sources that the White House staffers’ cell phones had been scanned to prevent leaks of confidential information to the media.