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Will Putin's Russia hack America's election?

By Jack Stubbs

MOSCOW (Reuters) – 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.

“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.

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)

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, September 2, 2016. Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/via REUTERS

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60 Comments

  1. Buford2k11 September 2, 2016

    We would be wise to not believe this guy…He is Trump’s puppet master, and he is way above Trump in wielding power…Manafort is still working, just not in public…Putin is making war-like sounds, and he is moving military forces around, and his military is going to provoke some kind of confrontation, to help Trump…Trump is receiving classified briefings…Putin is making overt moves…makes ya think a bit on what our Nation is facing…

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    1. dpaano September 2, 2016

      Agreed, but the Trump followers will only believe what they have been told to believe and to hell with the facts!!! They’re still trying to blame Benghazi on Hillary…poor people…..they are so in the dark!

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      1. AgLander September 2, 2016

        There aren’t enough flashlights to illuminate the intellectual dark void you inhabit. You not only are an ignorant lemming, you are blissfully ignorant. I doubt you are able to dress yourself without instructions.

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        1. Jmz Nesky September 3, 2016

          Yep, crucify Hillary Clinton for not becoming wonder woman and preventing the 4 deaths of our fellow Americans at Benghazi but snap your fingers and say, “No crime no fine” when Dubya (a conservative ‘publican) played skool daze with elementary kids on the day that over three thousand Americans lost their lives IN this country even after he had been warned numerous times. You wing-nuts sure have your nasty ass priorities.

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          1. glynnis bugati September 5, 2016

            Benghazi was the worstest tragedery ever!!

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          2. Jmz Nesky September 5, 2016

            Yeah, mainly because it happened on a Democrat’s watch.

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          3. dpaano September 6, 2016

            Ah, no, if you notice, all of the above failures happened on Dubya’s watch…..not a Democrat in sight!! But, of course, most of you conservative parrots refuse to put the blame where the blame lies! I’m hoping your comment above is a snark!!!

            Reply
  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth September 2, 2016

    Yes Putin, and Stalin was a kind-hearted and outstanding human being, and a fun guy to be around—as long as you didn’t turn your back.
    Also, I suppose you don’t know where Lenin is buried either.

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  3. jmprint September 2, 2016

    No Putin we don’t believe you.

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  4. Jim Samaras September 2, 2016

    To quote one of your idols, “At this point what difference does it make?”

    The content of the message is what matters, not the messenger.

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    1. Bill P September 2, 2016

      To quote one of yours “I spoke with Putin directly and indirectly. I know him very well”. Year or so later “I never spoke with Putin”. Did he or didn’t he, that is the question.

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      1. Jim Samaras September 2, 2016

        Touch’e Bill! Good one I suppose except mine in no way, shape or form could be accused of shirking his responsibility resulting in the deaths of four Americans…..but good one non the less

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        1. dpaano September 2, 2016

          And neither can mine……but you won’t believe that either because you’re just one of the Trump brainwashed few who believe every word that you’re told to believe by the GOP….every conspiracy theory out there, right?

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          1. Jim Samaras September 2, 2016

            One of the few? Wakeup doll

            Reply
          2. Jmz Nesky September 3, 2016

            Faux Snozster..

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          3. Jmz Nesky September 3, 2016

            Faux Snoozster…

            Reply
          4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth September 3, 2016

            Now you’re stooping to a paternalistic attitude? “Wake up doll”?

            I hope you don’t resort to calling women a “piece of _ _ _ “, like your idol Donald is wont to do.

            What a foolish cad you are, Jim. Not an ounce of respect can you show to a woman, and which suggests that you have some latent hate for your mom.

            Why are you behaving in this manner? Has your love for partisan politic caused you to abandon all Christian ideals to be replaced by worship of a Party?

            You disappoint me, Jim.

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          5. dpaano September 6, 2016

            First of all, I’m wide awake…..secondly, I’m NOT your doll!!! Your comment was extremely offensive even for a Trumpster! Do you talk that way to your mother? I seriously doubt it!

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          6. Aaron_of_Portsmouth September 3, 2016

            You have to excuse Jim—he doesn’t know any better and hasn’t been brought up properly by his parents.
            He’ll have to pay for his attitudes, either in this world or in the next.

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          7. ramrodd September 6, 2016

            Are We Comprehending The Barnhardt Axiom YET??!! | Barnhardt

            The fact that a given person is holding or seeking high-level
            public office is, in and of itself, proof that said person is morally and/or psychologically UNFIT to hold public office.

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        2. Jmz Nesky September 3, 2016

          3000!! 9/11…

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          1. Jim Samaras September 3, 2016

            Now you’re blaming Trump for 9/11? Brainwashed fool!!!

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          2. Jmz Nesky September 3, 2016

            You magnificent nincompoop. I was comparing Your politician (Dubya) to our politician (Clinton) in how many people were killed and how you ignorant bastards overlooked the 3000 but was outraged over the 4. Trump isn’t even a dog catcher so he’s less than an irrelevant wanker in this conversation. Get off your high horse and stop acting as if your the center of the universe..

            Reply
          3. Jim Samaras September 3, 2016

            Your comparison makes no sense you ignorant fool

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          4. Jmz Nesky September 3, 2016

            And your ass sucks wind you stupid hack.

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          5. Jim Samaras September 3, 2016

            LOL…snappy comeback fool! Just another blind liberal voting for the criminal cankle queen. Many of you make justified sense in some posts and give me reason to check my thoughts on subjects. You sir or madam are nothing more than a blind fool who follows perhaps your generational voting practices or maybe you’re just afraid of losing your gubbermint check.

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          6. Jmz Nesky September 3, 2016

            No, I’m an independent.. I vote my conscious and in this case it’s necessary to vote the lesser of two evils because of what cracker jacks like you have chosen for your hero. Anyone with an ounce of sense would know which one to choose simply from watching this nut cracker on video. He’s a certified ego-maniacal narcissist being catered by brain numbed dolts like you.. What’s our only choice? In this case we’d be willing to resort to what the ‘publicans threatened in 2012, we would rather vote in Mickey Mouse rather than this waste of skin. Now chew on that bit of jerky Jimbo.

            Reply
          7. ramrodd September 4, 2016

            verbal abuse

            Reply
          8. ramrodd September 4, 2016

            verbal abuse….you are worse than any you accuse

            Reply
          9. Jmz Nesky September 4, 2016

            No, you seem to enjoy giving it out and I’m tired of reading others trying to be civil to you so I’ve decided to get down on your level and spew it back.. Don’t feel as good getting it back do it numb skull..

            Reply
          10. ramrodd September 4, 2016

            you just cant get it right….spew this, genius

            you give to others: “And your ass sucks wind you stupid hack.”

            take a walk

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          11. Jmz Nesky September 4, 2016

            Up yours you knuckle draggin’ Nazi..

            Reply
          12. ramrodd September 4, 2016

            Nazi | Define Nazi

            -a member of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, which controlled Germany from 1933 to 1945 under Adolf Hitler
            and advocated totalitarian government, territorial expansion, anti-Semitism, and Aryan supremacy, all these leading directly to World War II and the Holocaust.

            http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/nazi

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          13. Jmz Nesky September 4, 2016

            Definition of knuckle draggin’ Nazi Scum: YOU!!

            Reply
          14. dpaano September 6, 2016

            Typical Trumpster reply…..if you can’t come back with something intelligent and TRUE, you resort to calling people names. And, you wonder why people replying to you just do the same thing until they just get tired of dealing with you and block you out completely!!!

            Reply
          15. ramrodd September 6, 2016

            Trump? try again!!

            i talk to dopes the way they talk to me….
            you can block me by not replying or running to your safe space..

            Reply
          16. dpaano September 6, 2016

            Plus there’s also the many that were killed at embassies in the middle east during Dubya’s reign of terror…..but the GOP seems to conveniently forgot those and forget his SoS did nothing when those deaths occurred except to sweep them under the rug in the Oval Office!!!

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          17. Jmz Nesky September 6, 2016

            Totally agree which pisses me off about their “4 dead in Benghazi” rhetoric.

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        3. Bill P September 3, 2016

          Well after how many investigations and millions of dollars spent on Benghazi what was the end result. If you want to blame someone then you should include the president and the Sec. of Defense too. Additionally you should include both house of Congress since they didn’t approve the requested budget for security at embassies and consulates. Are you also willing to blame the previous administration’s Sec of State and Defense plus its president for the numerous attacks on US embassies and consulate with almost 60 deaths?

          Reply
          1. Jim Samaras September 4, 2016

            A resounding YES to all of the examples you mention Bill! True change is needed in Washington and a good start will be Donald J. Trump!

            Reply
          2. Bill P September 5, 2016

            That is where we disagree. Trump would be a worse start than the current politicians. All he has shown so far is that he is a narcissist, has no defined plans for whatever he proclaims and has alienated a few large groups already.

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          3. Jim Samaras September 5, 2016

            Awww, take a chance of something new Bill! They are all narcissistic to a degree to even WANT that job. The MSM has promoted the alienation to some degree. There’s a reason other than the few things he’s said that the elitists don’t want him and that’s a big reason I do!

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          4. Bill P September 6, 2016

            Jim I will decline the chance to vote for this extreme narcissist. I think you are wrong about him. Trump has shown on numerous occasions that he is only interested in himself and his views on a number of issues are untenable.
            On a different issue I will agree with you. I saw your comment about debate moderators and think it’s up to the other candidate to refute what the 1st candidate says in a debate. What the moderator should do is make sure the candidates stay on topic and don’t give a speech in place of answering the question.

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          5. Jim Samaras September 6, 2016

            I’ve never seen him act in a way where it would lead one to believe that he’s only interested in himself Bill. Numerous occasions? Surely you can point a couple of instances out. Which of his views are untenable? Throwing out the criminal aliens and coming up with a plan to allow the good ones to re enter? Deciphering in the future who will be allowed in the country based on their ability to contribute and not just suck off the system and become permanent wards of the government in order to get more democratic votes?

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          6. dpaano September 6, 2016

            Where have you been? Do you even WATCH his speeches or go to his rallies?

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          7. Jim Samaras September 6, 2016

            Yes I have which is why I asked for specifics. Self absorbed to one may be viewed as good for all by another. Untenable can be viewed as brilliant, get it? Be specific in your thoughts. By God you ask me to be when I make a statement and I try to comply. Please do the same.

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          8. dpaano September 7, 2016

            Then you must not have been listening very clearly or were mesmerized by his BS!!!

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          9. Bill P September 7, 2016

            Well let’s start with deporting over 11 million people, he makes a statement but doesn’t elaborate on how he will accomplish this. His claim about the election being rigged but once again offers no concrete proof about his voter fraud claims. Trump states he will bring back manufacturing jobs to the US when the biggest reason for the decline in mfg. jobs is automation. Trump offers no plan on how he would bring back mfg. jobs. Ironically all of Trump clothing line is made in China, Indonesia and other countries outside of the US.

            Reply
    2. Jmz Nesky September 3, 2016

      Yeah, well if you had listened to the full speech instead of taking a certain phrase out of context then maybe you could rejoin the human race.

      Reply
  5. I of John September 2, 2016

    Hmmm should we believe an ex-KGB agent that no spying was done?

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  6. Jon September 2, 2016

    Hey Vlad no one believes that you aren’t trying to help your old “60 Minutes” stablemate Donnie. “Does it even matter who hacked this data?” you asked. Maybe it doesn’t in Russia but it is a crime here Vladdie boy. So, yes, it does matter who hacked it.

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  7. Fran September 2, 2016

    They murder his critics and we’re supposed to believe a word he says?

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  8. dpaano September 2, 2016

    And we should believe Bloomberg why??? And, as a second thought, we should also believe Putin??? Interesting!

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  9. j_verria September 2, 2016

    Well then, there you go. If puto sex they didn’t do it the it wasn’t that bitch Russia. It musta been an alternate universe mother Russia and puto that did it!

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  10. j_verria September 2, 2016

    Well then, there you go! If this putin maggot sez that bitch Russia didn’t do it then it musta been an alternate universe putin that did it!!! Yes, that has to be it!

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  11. Jmz Nesky September 3, 2016

    “Does it even matter who hacked this data?” Putin said. “The important thing is the content that was given to the public.”
    Ah! so here’s a guy who says it doesn’t matter.. that the public has a right know these things. I sense that he’s all for it, so long as it didn’t happen to him.

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    1. Jim Samaras September 3, 2016

      And you don’t feel the public has a right to know? Pathetic cankle queen follower!

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth September 3, 2016

        Gee, Jim—did you really have to sink to such a low level? Why not try to refute a comment with a more reasonable and measured response.

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  12. TiredOfTheHaters September 6, 2016

    Putin says it’s impossible to find out who engineered the hacks but it wasn’t the Russians. It’s impossible to find out because the Russians know how to cover their tracks and Putin knows this.

    Reply

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