Putin: Private hackers might have meddled in United States election

Cheryl Sanders
June 5, 2017

One day after telling a forum in St. Petersburg the US election hackers might have been "patriotic" Russians, Russian ruler Vladimir Putin informed NBC New's Megyn Kelly "Hackers can be anywhere". But the television network that he works for, Rossiya, is a Russian state-owned media outlet.

Her new series, Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, premieres June 4 on NBC.

Brilev is best known for "Direct Line with the President" an annual show where Putin takes what are purported to be spontaneous phone calls from average Russian citizens. "Could you imagine something like that?"

"By some calculations it was convenient for them to release this information, so they released it, citing Russia", Putin explained.

"Hackers can be anywhere", Putin told Kelly. "Could you imagine something like that?"

"IP addresses can be invented, a child can do that!"

Putin's comments to Kelly come a day after he pivoted from denying alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections to admitting the U.S.

While he continued to deny any state role in the hacking, his comments to reporters in Russian Federation departed from the Kremlin's previous position: that it played no role whatsoever in the hacking of the US Democratic National Committee.

"If they are patriotically minded, they start making their contributions - which are right, from their point of view - to the fight against those who say bad things about Russian Federation", he said, apparently a reference to former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

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