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Spy games meet word games as officials warn Russia against election meddling

Spy games meet word games as officials warn Russia against election meddling

When some of the nation's top spies joined each other on stage at a conference Thursday, the question of whether Russia was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and state elections systems soon came up.

The spies carefully skirted the question.

We're working with our partners on it, CIA director John Brennan said. It's really a policy question, NSA director Adm. Michael Rogers said.

"I'm going to continue the streak of not talking about that," FBI director James Comey said. Then he went on to talk about it in a rather backhanded way.

The intelligence officials' comments Thursday mirrored those of other top government leaders this week...

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