Russian President Vladimir Putin says he did not have anything to do with the Wikileaks dump of Democratic National Committee documents in July, but he does believe their being made public was a positive thing.
In an exclusive interview with Bloomberg News, Putin spoke on the record about the leaks.
“I don’t know anything about it, and on a state level Russia has never done this,” the Russian president said.
He added that hackers had made it “extremely difficult” to determine who was really responsible for the leaks and that “the important thing is the content that was given to the public.”
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Putin said the talk of Russia’s alleged involvement is nothing more than an attempt to change the subject.
“There’s no need to distract the public’s attention from the essence of the problem by raising some minor issues connected with the search for who did it,” he said.
Putin said the real issue was clearly that “the campaign headquarters worked in the interest of one of the candidates, in this case Mrs. Clinton, rather than equally for all of the Democratic Party candidates.”
The Russian president claims he and other top Russian officials are not plugged into American politics enough to want to tip the scales in any specific direction.
“To do that you need to have a finger on the pulse and get the specifics of domestic political life of the U.S,” he said.
“I’m not sure that even our Foreign Ministry experts are sensitive enough.”
While Putin claimed he has no rooting interest in the U.S. presidential election, he made it clear he is not happy with the way he perceives both Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton are attempting to demonize him and his country.
“They’re both using shock tactics, just each in their own way. I don’t think they are setting the best example,” he said.
Putin did add that despite his displeasure with being used as a campaign prop, he recognizes that both Clinton and Trump are “very smart people” who “understand which buttons you need to press,” in order to appeal to U.S. voters.
H/T: Western Journalism
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