Obama accuses Putin of helping Trump with Democratic Party email hack as The Donald calls conspiracy theory ‘crazy’ and Kremlin issues ‘four-letter words’ denial
- President Obama said its ‘possible’ Russia‘s president is behind Democratic Party email hacking in an effort to help elect Donald Trump
- Trump tweeted that it’s ‘crazy’
- The Kremlin is sternly denying being behind the computer attacks
- But evidence is growing that ‘Guccifer 2.0,’ the anonymous hacker who claims to have given the DNC’s files to Wikileaks, is Russian
President Barack Obama said in an interview set to air Tuesday night that it’s ‘possible’ Vladimir Putin could be orchestrating a recent computer hack of Democratic National Committee emails in order to help Donald Trump win America’s presidential election.
Trump tweeted that the idea was ‘crazy,’ shortly after Obama’s comments surfaced.
Evidence is mounting that hackers aligned with Russia’s government were responsible for stealing the DNC’s computer files and airing the party’s dirty laundry with help from the Wikileaks website.
The public relations damage from messages showing the party trying to sabotage Sen. Bernie Sanders’ candidacy has been significant, and led to the resignation on Monday of the party’s chairwoman.
Trump was his usual filter-free self on Twitter, writing: ‘In order to try and deflect the horror and stupidity of the Wikileaks disaster, the Dem[ocrat]s said maybe it is Russia dealing with Trump. Crazy!’
‘For the record,’ he wrote in a follow-up tweet, ‘I have ZERO investments in Russia.’
Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov sternly dismissed the idea on Tuesday as well.
At the site of a diplomatic meeting in Laos, reporters asked him about his country’s involvement in the controversy.
His only response was ‘I do not want to use four-letter words,’ according to the Associated Press.
Obama told NBC that he couldn’t say for sure what Putin is up to, but left the door wide open for conspiracy theories.
‘What the motives were in terms of the leaks, all that – I can’t say directly,’ Obama told NBC News. ‘What I do know is that Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin.’
Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook claimed Tuesday morning that news reports have established Russians stole Democratic Party documents and emails and ‘turned it over to the Wikileaks and other hackers to push out, to harm Secretary Clinton and help Donald Trump.’
That suggestion – that the Russian president fears a Clinton White House more than a Trump administration, would be a powerful argument for the former secretary of state to use in her fall campaign.
‘I am basing this on what Mr. Trump himself has said,’ Obama added. ‘And I think that Trump’s gotten pretty favorable coverage
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