The computer networks of the Democrat National Committee and other party organizations were hacked earlier this year, with the revealing emails, internal documents and memos obtained being made public through a variety of publishers, including Wikileaks.
Thoroughly embarrassed by what was made public through the hack of the DNC, the Democrat Party and campaign of nominee Hillary Clinton have sought to blame hackers working on behalf of the Russian government for the breaches, a charge Russian President Vladimir Putin has flatly denied.
According to Bloomberg, Putin reiterated that denial of involvement during a recent interview, but nevertheless declared the hacking and subsequent publication of internal documents to be something of a public service to the American people.
“Listen, does it even matter who hacked this data?’’ Putin said Thursday from the far eastern port city of Vladivostok. “The important thing is the content that was given to the public.’’
“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 continued. “But I want to tell you again, I don’t know anything about it, and on a state level Russia has never done this.”
Putin also remarked on the obvious bias in favor of Clinton by the Democrat Party that was revealed by the hack, saying he “couldn’t imagine” how the party would favor one candidate so strongly over another, that being independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, “rather than equally for all of the Democratic Party candidates.”
As to the notion that Russia was attempting to influence the results of the American election, Putin dismissed those allegations out of hand.
“To do that you need to have a finger on the pulse and get the specifics of the domestic political life of the U.S.,” he said. “I’m not sure that even our Foreign Ministry experts are sensitive enough.”
Circling back to who bore responsibility for the hacks in the first place, the former KGB agent asked, “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,” he explained. “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 reiterated.
To be sure, just about everything ever uttered by Vladimir Putin should be taken with not just a grain, but a whole shaker of salt.
That said, he made a rather salient point, in that the main focus shouldn’t be on who did the hacking, but onwhat was ultimately revealed by the hacked documents.
Hillary Clinton and her campaign are likely furious by what Putin just said, as his remarks will at least somewhat shift attention away from his government’s possible role in the DNC hack and back to the corrupt nature of the Democrat Party and its allies in the liberal media, who have been doing a disservice to the American people.