Russia Hacking Presidential Elections?

Russia Hacking Presidential Elections?
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U.S. intelligence stated their certainty that the recent email hacks were orchestrated by the government of Russia.


The U.S. Intelligence Community stated that the recent compromises made in terms of emails belonging American persons and institutions, including U.S. political organizations, were done by Russia.

These were the latest releases of alleged hacked e-mails on websites like and WikiLeaks and by Guccifer 2.0. U.S. intelligence reported that these were similar with methods of Russian-directed efforts.

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According to the official website of Director of National Intelligence: “Such activity is not new to Moscow—the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there.”

“We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”

However, Russia refused to take responsibility for the email leaks affecting the U.S. presidential race. This came from the Russian ambassador to the U.S. on Tuesday.

It was reported that for more than a year, Russian government-linked hackers are repeatedly aiming Democrats and Republicans. However, the Huffington Post reported that majority of the hacked materials made public were done through sites like Russia-friendly WikiLeaks and upstart

These leaks acted as massive embarrassment to the Democratic Party and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“We do not interfere into the internal affairs of the United States, neither by my statements nor by electronic or other means,” Ambassador Sergey Kislyak said.

Several critics of Russia stated that the Russian government was hacking not just to steal information but also to weaponize it.

Former director of Britain’s GCHQ Sir David Omand told the BBC that they were looking at a wider and more aggressive use of cyber technologies to create weapons out of information – “a weapon of influence.”

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