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Putin cites conspiracy theory to explain who could have framed Russia in hacking
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the CIA could have been the culprit that hacked the DNC in order to frame the Russians. Image Source: Twitter video screenshot.

Putin cites conspiracy theory to explain who could have framed Russia in hacking

Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin said that Russia might have been framed by hackers, and quite possibly by the CIA in the alleged meddling in the U.S. election. He made the comments to Megyn Kelly in an interview released Friday.

Megyn Kelly was pressing Putin to explain why he earlier said that perhaps "patriotic" hackers in Russia committed the cyber-attack.

"Hackers can be anywhere. They can be in Russia, in Asia," Putin said, "even in America, Latin America. They can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States who very skillfully and professionally shifted the blame, as we say, onto Russia. Can you imagine something like that? In the midst of a political battle?

"By some calculations it was convenient for them to release this information, so they released it, citing Russia," Putin explained. "Could you imagine something like that? I can."

Megyn Kelly said that Putin went on to imply that perhaps the CIA was involved in the hacking, and cited that many people believed they were involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Putin had earlier compared the accusations against Russia to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories during an economic forum moderated by Megyn Kelly, a curious allegation given some of the heinous anti-Semitic episodes in Russian history.

Various U.S. agencies are investigating the claims that the Russian government meddled in the election, and the alleged collusion of the Trump campaign to tilt the vote his way. The allegations spring from various connections from current and former Trump administration associates, including General Michael Flynn, who was fired from his national security advisor post after lying about meeting with a Russian ambassador.

Even Hillary Clinton implied that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians in a recent public appearance. Others, like National Review's Andrew McCarty, say that the very fact that Trump son-in-law was seeking a "back channel" to the Russians proves there wasn't any collusion before the election.

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Carlos Garcia

Carlos Garcia

Staff Writer

Carlos Garcia is a staff writer for Blaze News.