According to United States intelligence officials, Russian President Vladimir Putin is believed to have been directly involved in Russian hacking activities which affected the U.S. presidential election. Intelligence officials believe that Putin was plotting against Hillary Clinton over an old vendetta. Not only that, Putin had publicly expressed his approval of Donald Trump and that he hoped he’d win the election. It turned out that Putin got his wish, but how much of an influence did the Russian hacking have on that outcome?
Two senior U.S. intelligence officials were quoted on NBC News as saying that Putin had personally ordered his hackers to retrieve material from U.S. Democrats and then decided how it would be leaked. The officials claim to have a “high level of confidence” that this is what happened. A spokesman for Putin, Dmitry Peskov, was asked if these allegations had any basis. He referred to the allegations as “ridiculous nonsense.” Of course, if it is true then it is not surprising that Peskov or Putin would keep quiet about it.
So, how do we know it’s true? According to a CIA evaluation into the hacking that was reported by The Washington Post, Russia hacked into the emails of American institutions and people for the sole purpose of helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton on Election Day, which was on November 8th.
It is also believed that Putin has held a vendetta against Clinton for a while. It all goes back to the year 2011 when she was Secretary of State and questioned Russia’s parliamentary election system. He accused Clinton of encouraging Russian people to protest on the streets because of their election system. So, by helping Trump win the 2016 U.S. presidential election, this was his way of getting back at Clinton.