Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Putin says patriotic hackers could be fighting for Russian Federation


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 Russian Federation was behind the hacking.

"You and I, you and I personally", Putin told Kelly, according to a partial transcript released by the network.

In the interview, Putin also said he had only a brief and passing acquaintance with former USA national security adviser Michael Flynn, though the two sat next to each other at a dinner in Moscow in 2015. It has reportedly expanded to include the President's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser to Trump, as well as his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

"It is not coincidence that Flynn was placed next to President Putin", Michael McFaul, U.S. ambassador in Moscow from 2012 to 2014 and now an NBC News analyst said in April. Flynn gave a speech at the event - and was paid a $45,000 speaking fee.

"They can be in Russian Federation, in Asia. even in America, Latin America".

"There's a theory that Kennedy's assassination was arranged by the United States intelligence services".

In August 2016, Flynn said that he did not ask to sit next to Putin and wasn't concerned about how it looked with him sitting next to the Russian leader.

The Russian leader suggested to Kelly that the USA could be responsible for framing Russia in the aftermath of the election. He added: "Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something?"

The dinner Putin referred to was a gala for the Russian state news agency, RT. There's nothing to even talk about. "You created a sensation out of nothing".

Russian President Vladimir Putin took his denial of Russian meddling in the 2016 election to a whole other level. That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn. "We have a lot of Americans who visit us". Putin asked, before saying: "Have you all lost your senses?" Although they chatted a bit, he said, he was unaware Flynn had been a government official until after he left. "Put your finger anywhere on a map of the world", he said, "and everywhere you will hear complaints that American officials are interfering in internal election processes". "It sounds like a statement of fact".

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