President Obama is weighing in on the hack of the Democratic National Committee servers that resulted in 20,000 emails being dumped, and said he is not ruling out the involvement of Russia and Vladimir Putin.
Speaking to NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie on Tuesday, Obama said that although the FBI is still investigating the hack, “experts have attributed this to the Russians.”
What we do know is is that the Russians hack our systems. Not just government systems, but private systems. But you know, what the motives were in terms of the leaks, all that- I can’t say directly,” Obama said. “What I do know is that Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin.”
Guthrie then asked the president, “Sounds like you’re suggesting that Putin might be motivated to prefer Trump in the White House?”
Obama responded that he was not pulling these connections out of thin air, but rather was getting his information straight from the horses mouth.
“Well– I am basing this on what Mr. Trump himself has said. And I think that– Trump’s gotten pretty favorable coverage– back in Russia,” Obama said.
Guthrie continued to press the president. “Is it possible, in your mind, that the Russians would try to influence the U.S. election?”
“Anything’s possible,” Obama said.
The Trump/Putin bromance is no secret, as the Republican nominee has often bragged about how much the Russian president likes him. He has also said repeatedly that the U.S. needs to build a stronger relationship with Russia and has suggested that he would not back our NATO allies in a dispute with the country.
Experts with the Arlington, Va., ThreatConnect traced the DNC hacker to a Russian internet server on Tuesday. The researchers also say they do not believe the self-proclaimed hacker who has taken responsibility for the breach, Guccifer 2.0, is actually a “sophisticated hacker.” It is currently believed that Guccifer 2.0 is a group of people working in the propaganda wing of the Russian government who are trying to cover up Moscow’s involvement.
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