As reported by ABC News, ever the master spy, Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB colonel, was personally involved in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and efforts to interfere in the American elections, U.S. and foreign intelligence officials.

A spokesperson for Putin today called the reports “funny nonsense” but American intelligence agencies are failing to see any humor in the bold Russian cyber-attacks and the apparent role of the Russian president.

People in the intelligence community directly involved in uncovering and tracking the Russian hack say a new flow of information has directly connected Putin to what began as a lower-level effort by the Russian military to infiltrate the computers of both Republican and Democratic figures.

But Putin is not alone in his attempt to start a war with America, President-elect Trump infamously, and publicly encouraged Putin to do so, as reported here by POLITICO and many other news outlets:

“I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” the Republican nominee said at a news conference in Florida. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

This is no longer amusing, it is now clear Vladimir Putin hacked into the systems of the Democratic National Committee, in order to prevent Hillary Clinton from becoming president (and therefore making Donald Trump president), and we have video proof of Trump, himself, encouraging the hacking.

This is treason for Trump and war for Putin. There is simply no other way to see it.