US election hackers could have been from anywhere, says Putin

Angie Massey
June 4, 2017

In an interview with NBC News' Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, a preview of which was released to media, Putin said hackers in the United States could have made it look like Russian Federation was behind the hack for political reasons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin denied Friday that Moscow had colluded with members of Donald Trump's campaign team before the new administration took office, and said that USA allegations that Russia tipped the 2016 presidential election on behalf of Trump "reminds me of anti-Semitism and blaming the Jews". "Is this possible? Theoretically, yes".

Putin, in remarks that projected ridicule, sarcasm and exasperation, denied that Russian officials had discussed sanctions in meetings with Trump's aides, and said that no agreements on the possibility of lifting the sanctions imposed on Russia have been reached with the United States.

The Russian president also accused the US and its allies of seeking to monopolize power and prevent the emergence of a multi-polar world by countering his country's efforts to assert itself on the global stage. "This is happening in no small part because of Russia's fight for its interests, its legitimate interests".

President Vladimir Putin has urged U.S. businessmen to use their influence to help normalize Russia-U.S. relations.

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Kelly told viewers that Putin - the former director of Russia's domestic spy agency - also suggested that the CIA could have been behind the hacking and noted that many people were convinced Russian Federation was responsible for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Could you imagine something like that?

"On June 15, 2017, at 12:00 Moscow time the television channels First, Rossiya 1, Rossiya 24, radio stations Mayak, Vesti FM, Radio Rossii will broadcast the annual special program "Direct Line with Vladimir Putin"," the press service said.

Putin also said that those who uploaded the documents to WikiLeaks made a decision to do so when it was convenient for them after taking into consideration political developments.

The clip aired on NBC Nightly News on Friday, and the full interview will air on Sunday on the premiere episode of Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly. Could you imagine something like that?

"I have read these reports", said Putin. But Putin has steadfastly denied the allegations. He finally conceded in January that Russian Federation has waged cyberattacks on America but insisted they had "absolutely no effect on the outcome".

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