Putin: No idea who hacked US Democratic Party

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Putin: No idea who hacked US Democratic Party
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By Jack Stubbs | MOSCOW

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he did not know who was behind the hacking of U.S. Democratic Party organizations but the information uncovered was important, Bloomberg news agency reported on Friday.

In an interview two days before a G20 meeting in China with U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders, Putin said it might be impossible to establish who engineered the release of sensitive Democratic Party emails but it was not done by the Russian government.

“Does it even matter who hacked this data?” Putin said. “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,” he 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 hacked emails, released by activist group WikiLeaks in July, appeared to show favoritism within the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and prompted the resignation of the body’s chairwoman.

A computer network used by Clinton’s campaign, and the party’s fundraising committee for the U.S. House of Representatives were also hacked.

Clinton, who polls show as leading Donald Trump in the campaign for the U.S. presidential election in November, has said Russian intelligence services conducted a cyber attack against her party. Some officials have suggested Moscow is trying to influence the U.S. election.

Putin dismissed the allegations. “We have never interfered, are not interfering and do not intend to interfere in domestic politics,” he said.

Edward Snowden

“We will carefully watch what happens and wait for the election results. Then we are ready to work with any American administration, if they want to themselves.”

Relations between Russia and United States hit a post-Cold War low in 2014 over the Ukraine crisis, and Washington and Moscow have since clashed over diverging policies in Syria.

Obama said in August he would discuss the cyber attack with Putin if Russia was responsible, but it would not “wildly” alter the two countries’ relationship.

The U.S. election contest has been hard fought and frequently dominated by both candidates’ attitudes toward Russia.

Clinton has rounded on her Republican rival Trump for his perceived praise of Putin and what she says is an “absolute allegiance” to Russia’s foreign policy aims. Trump, in return, has said Clinton’s own close ties to the Russian president deserve greater scrutiny.

Julian Assage

Putin said both candidates were using shock tactics and that playing “the anti-Russian card” was short-sighted.

“I wouldn’t like for us to follow their example,” he said. “I don’t think they are setting the best example.”

(Reporting by Katya Golubkova,; Writing by Jack Stubbs,; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Mark Trevelyan)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-putin-idUSKCN1180NV

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Does Wikileaks help Russia? How documents leaked by Julian Assange ‘often benefit the Kremlin’
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–Wikileaks published thousands of emails between officials in the DNC
–Democrats and security experts say emails were likely hacked by Russia
–Now analysis of Wikileaks disclosures claims to have discovered that the majority of leaks are harmful to the West, and often benefit the Kremlin
–Wikileaks has denied the majority of the findings, claiming it has published 650,000 documents critical of Russia
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By CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 20:25 EST, 1 September 2016 | UPDATED: 22:58 EST, 1 September 2016

When Wikileaks launched in 2006, its stated aim was to help expose ‘illegal or immoral’ behavior by the West and crack down on authoritarian regimes ‘in Russia, China, and Central Eurasia’.

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But now claims have emerged that while the publisher, run by Julian Assange, has been critical of those regimes – most of its leaks have targeted the West, often to the benefit of Russia.

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Central to this theory, put forward by the New York Times, is the recent hack of DNC emails on the eve of the Democratic Conference which the party believes is linked to Russian security services.

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Some 20,000 documents published by Wikileaks exposed DNC officials helping Hillary Clinton through the primary process at the expense of rival Bernie Sanders.

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The leak hamstrung the first day of the conference and forced the resignation of chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Democrats have called for an investigation into whether Russia was behind the hack, and the FBI is believed to be looking into the possibility.

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While the government has not yet said who was behind the leak, cybersecurity experts including Matt Tait, founder of Capital Alpha Security, have said the hackers appear to be Russian.
Putin has supported Assange, including after his 2010 arrest and 2012 detention in the Ecuadorian Embassy (pictured)
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Putin has supported Assange, including after his 2010 arrest and 2012 detention in the Ecuadorian Embassy (pictured)

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He told Politifact: ‘The consensus that Russia hacked the DNC is at this point very strong, albeit not unanimous.

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‘The consensus that Russia hacked the DNC in support of Trump is, by contrast, plausible, but something for which the jury at this stage is very much still out.’

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But the Times also goes into events in Assange’s past which they say shows his links with the Kremlin.

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Julian Assange and Wikileaks have been accused of benefiting Russia with their information leaks, while failing to properly condemn Putin's regime 

Julian Assange and Wikileaks have been accused of benefiting Russia with their information leaks, while failing to properly condemn Putin’s regime

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Central to the allegations is the DNC email leak which led to the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz (pictured), and allegations that the data was provided by Russia 

Central to the allegations is the DNC email leak which led to the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz (pictured), and allegations that the data was provided by Russia

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In 2010 Assange was arrested in London on allegations of rape stemming from Sweden and released on bail.

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He described the arrest as a plot to extradite him to the US where he could be investigated over the diplomatic cables leak, which greatly harmed American relations with the rest of the world while Clinton was Secretary of State.

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A day later, Putin gave a press conference in which he defended Assange, questioned why he had been arrested, and used information in the cables to attack the West.

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Putin also called the charges against Assange ‘politically motivated’ and said he is being ‘persecuted for spreading the information he received from the US military regarding the actions of the USA in the Middle East, including Iraq.’

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Russian officials have also suggested that Assange be given a Nobel Prize, and in 2012 paid to stream his TV show on state-backed network Russia Today.

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The Times also claims that Assange was offered a visa by Russia in 2011, though Wikileaks has denounced this as false.

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The paper also points out that, when NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was fleeing the US in 2013, it was Assange who suggested he fly through Russia along with another Wikileaks reporter.

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Assange had also suggested that it would be safer for Snowden to stay in Russia, as opposed to his original plan which involved traveling to South America.

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Putin has called the charges against Assange ‘politically motivated’ while other Russian officials have called for him to be given a Nobel Prize

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In fact Snowden did end up staying in Russia, but only after the State Department revoked his passport, leaving him unable to travel.

Putin has called the charges against Assange 'politically motivated' while other Russian officials have called for him to be given a Nobel Prize

Putin has called the charges against Assange ‘politically motivated’ while other Russian officials have called for him to be given a Nobel Prize

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However, US officials seem to agree that Assange has no direct ties to the Russian security services or the Kremlin (pictured)

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The Times also mentions Assage’s criticisms of NATO, his support for Britain to leave the European Union, his apparent support for Putin’s intervention in Ukraine and leaks that almost derailed negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership as evidence that his views tie in with those of the Kremlin.

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However, the paper also points out that ‘among United States officials, the emerging consensus is that Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks probably have no direct ties to Russian intelligence services.’

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In its response, Wikileaks has refuted much of the New York Times piece, saying it has published 650,000 documents on Russia, most of which is critical.

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It accuses other parts of the report of repeating ‘conspiracy theories’ and says they are ‘not journalism’.

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The statement adds: ‘The New York Times Editorial Board has endorsed Hillary Clinton, however this is not disclosed in the article.

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‘The lead author, Jo Becker last retweeted Hillary Clinton (a smiling and dancing campaign animation), on March 3.

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‘The other author, Eric Schmitt, has previously written in the New York Times, other robust investigative reports, for example, that Mr. Assange is a “bag lady” with “filthy socks” who “smells”. He was made Pentagon Correspondent in 1990.’

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