Putin Says It’s “Possible” Russians Hacked Clinton, DNC Emails
Vladimir Putin has consistently and emphatically denied Russian involvement in hacking and releasing emails belonging to the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Until today.
Speaking at a meeting with senior editors of leading international news agencies, Putin said that while the Russian state has never been involved in hacking, it was “theoretically possible” that Russia-West tensions could have prompted some individuals to launch cyberattacks, reports the Associated Press.
“Hackers are free people, just like artists who wake up in the morning in a good mood and start painting,” Putin said. “The hackers are the same, they would wake up, read about something going on in interstate relations and if they have patriotic leanings, they may try to add their contribution to the fight against those who speak badly about Russia."
While Putin pointedly said that Russia has "never engaged" in foreign election-related hacking "on a state level," the distinction matters little when every powerful “hacking artist” in the country ultimately takes orders from Putin. He also added that some evidence pointing at Russian hackers’ participation in cyberattacks could have been falsified in an attempt to smear Russia.
Ade despite claims of Russian meddling, Putin said his country had been encouraged by Trump’s campaign promises to improve Russia-U.S. ties and emphasized that Moscow still hopes to forge a constructive dialogue.
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