September 2, 2016 by

Russian President Putin Denies Russian Link to U.S. Political Hacks

Russian President Vladmir Putin has stated that he does not know the instigators of the hacks targeting multiple organizations of the U.S. Democratic Party.

In an interview two days prior to meeting U.S. President Barack Obama at a G20 meeting in China, Russian President Vladimir Putin has brushed claims of Russia’s involvement in the hack, according to a report by Bloomberg.

“Does it even matter who hacked this data?” Putin asked. “The important thing is the content that was given to the public.”

He then added that the incident of the breach was a distraction for the public, while underlining that the true outcome of the breach was what was revealed from it.

“There’s no need to distract the public’s attention from the essence of the problem by raising some minor issues connected with the search for who did it,” Putin added. “But I want to tell you again, I don’t know anything about it, and on a state level Russia has never done this.”

The breach released emails which subsequently resulted in the resignation of the body’s chairwoman. Emails showed communication where it appeared that Hillary Clinton was shown favoritism among candidates representing the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The hacking didn’t stop there, as a computer network used by the Clinton campaign, as well as the email systems belonging to the Democratic party’s fundraising committee, were also hacked.

While cybersecurity experts, US officials and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton herself point to Russian intelligence as the reason behind the hacks, Putin has dismissed the allegations outright.

“We have never interfered, are not interfering and do not intent to interfere in domestic politics,” Putin said, responding to suggestions that Moscow was trying to influence U.S. politics and the outcome of the upcoming elections.

Putin also spoke about the effectiveness of hackers, questioning if it is even possible to locate those behind the DNC hacks.

You know how many hackers there are today? They act so delicately and precisely that they can leave their mark — or even the mark of others — at the necessary time and place, camouflaging their activities as that of other hackers from other territories or countries. It’s an extremely difficult thing to check, if it’s even possible to check. At any rate, we definitely don’t do this at a state level.

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