Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly denied that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee’s data and questioned if it even matters who is responsible.
"Listen, does it even matter who hacked this data?" Putin asked during an interview with Bloomberg on Thursday. "The important thing is the content that was given to the public."
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Alexei Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images)
The DNC was hacked prior to WikiLeaks’ release of emails sent by DNC staffers suggesting some in the party actively sought to promote Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign over her rivals. The emails led to the resignation of the party’s chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).
WikiLeaks has not revealed their source in the leak, but cybersecurity experts in the United States suspect that the hack had a Russian connection.
Putin said, “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.”
“But I want to tell you again, I don’t know anything about it, and on a state level Russia has never done this,” he said.
Putin said he “couldn’t imagine” anyone in “American society” would be surprised “that the campaign headquarters worked in the interest of one of the candidates, in this case Mrs. Clinton, rather than equally for all of the Democratic party candidates."
Putin also suggested that in order to influence an American election, one would “need to have a finger on the pulse and get the specifics of the domestic political life of the U.S.”
“I’m not sure that even our Foreign Ministry experts are sensitive enough,” he said.
Putin also said that hackers can be impossible to trace.
“You know how many hackers there are today?” Putin said. “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,” he said.
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