Controversy surrounds hacking of Democratic National Comittee


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Russian president Vladimir Putin delivers a speech at a forum.


“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action and we will at a time and place of our own choosing,” President Barack Obama told national public radio in response to Russian hacking attempts.

In October, the US government publicly announced that they were confident that Russia played a role in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). This hacking was the reason thousands of private emails got released, resulting in Hillary Clinton being harshly criticized and losing supporters.

In early December, the central intelligence agency shared their latest findings, claiming the Russian hacks were undoubtedly aimed at helping Trump win the election. They discovered Russian hackers breached GOP individuals and organizations, including Republican House members, prior to the election. There was also evidence of Russia spreading fake news about Clinton.

Trump initially denied these findings, calling them “ridiculous.” “Every week it’s another excuse…No, I don’t believe [in CIA Russian hacking discoveries] at all. They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody. It could be somebody sitting in a bed some place,” Trump told CNN.

In a recent news conference held on Jan. 11, Trump made remarks calling CNN fake news and comparing intelligence officials to Nazis. He still does not fully believe Russia was the one who hacked the DNC: “It could have been others also,” he said during this conference. 

The Senate Panel plans to investigate Russian activities taken place during the election. Also, Trump and Putin plan to meet sometime in the future to discuss these matters, although a date for this has not been announced.