Oh yeah, the bros are working it. Fake news from Trump and hackers from anywhere (including the USA) from Putin. Hmm, the dictatorial thugs seem to be in lockstep. Be suspicious, very suspicious.
NBC NEWS – Russian President Vladimir Putin found himself on the defensive Friday when asked by NBC News’ Megyn Kelly to explain his earlier claim that private “patriotic” hackers could have interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Putin, in an exclusive interview with Kelly, insisted the hackers could have come from “anywhere” and then they could have — in a savvy and professional way — shifted the blame to make it look like Russia was behind the hacking.
“Hackers can be anywhere. They can be in Russia, in Asia…even in America, Latin America,” he said. “They can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States who very skillfully and professionally shifted the blame, as we say, onto Russia. Can you imagine something like that? In the midst of a political battle?”
“By some calculations it was convenient for them to release this information, so they released it, citing Russia,” Putin added. “Could you imagine something like that? I can.”
“They might have read a certain article and if they are in the patriotic mood, then they start making their contributions the way they see it positive towards the Russian image,” Putin told reporters, according to an Associated Press translation.
Echoing remarks President Donald Trump made on the campaign trail, Putin also questioned the need for NATO.
“NATO was established as a Cold War instrument in the fight against the Soviet Union,” Putin said through a translator. “There is no longer any … Soviet Union.”
The U.S. intelligence community believes Putin ordered the hacking, most likely to undermine Hillary Clinton and boost Trump. But Putin has steadfastly denied the allegations.
Trump, during the campaign, repeatedly denied Russia was trying to tip the scales in his favor. He finally conceded in January that Russia has waged cyberattacks on America but insisted they had “absolutely no effect on the outcome.”
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