‘You’re Welcome’: Putin Says Hack on Democrats Was Just a Public Service

‘You’re Welcome’: Putin Says Hack on Democrats Was Just a Public Service

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There was a lot of speculation after the DNC hack that Russia was somehow involved. It’s not exactly a crazy idea; they’ve done it before, after all. Hillary Clinton knows firsthand (but more on that later). But this time, it wasn’t Russia. That is what Vladimir Putin said after weeks of rumors over whether or not Russian hackers leaked the information. But even though Russia wasn’t explicitly involved, that doesn’t mean Putin didn’t approve. To the contrary — according to Putin, the DNC hack was a public good.

“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 said. “I don’t know anything about it, and on a state level Russia has never done this.” This was despite the fact that U.S. intelligence reported in July that they were “highly confident” that Russia was responsible for the hack, an assessment echoed by two independent cyber security firms.

This is also a tactic we’ve seen Russia use before, albeit primarily in eastern Europe. It’s viewed as a “weaponization” of information and it was something that the Soviet Union engaged in quite frequently. But even the Soviet Union, during the height of the Cold War, didn’t make this extreme of a breach. And WikiLeaks, the organization that released the DNC e-mails, has long been suspected of being a front for Russian intelligence.

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We also know that Hillary Clinton has been a target before. This summer, it was discovered that her e-mails were hacked by the Russians in 2013. They began monitoring the Romanian hacker known as Guccifer and hit a gold mine:

After monitoring Guccifer, the Russians were reportedly able to record (both physically and electronically) his actions which allowed the Russian intelligence analysts, in 2013, to not only detect his breaking into the private computer of Secretary Clinton, but also break in and copy all of its contents as well.

The report notes that shortly after Russia obtained Clinton’s emails, they released a limited amount to RT TV which were published in an article in March 2013, titled Hillary Clinton’s ‘hacked’ Benghazi emails: FULL RELEASE.

Though they only released a few, they got access to over 20,000 e-mails. So while Russia claims not to be responsible for this particular hack, we know that they’re certainly capable of it and they’ve gone through with it before. But even though Putin denies the hack this time, fear not: he’s still a fan. According to him, the DNC hack was a public service… by some concerned citizen somewhere, no doubt. Nothing to be concerned about whatsoever!

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