Date
19 October 2017
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, on July 31. Photo: Reuters
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, on July 31. Photo: Reuters

Clinton blames Russia for DNC hack; draws line to Trump

Hillary Clinton accused Russian intelligence services of hacking into the US Democratic National Committee computers, and questioned her Republican rival Donald Trump’s overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We know that Russian intelligence services hacked into the DNC and we know that they arranged for a lot of those emails to be released and we know that Donald Trump has shown a very troubling willingness to back up Putin,” Clinton said in an interview with Fox News Sunday.

“For Trump to both encourage that and to praise Putin despite what appears to be a deliberate effort to try to affect the election I think raises national security issues,” she said.

Washington will not tolerate hacking from any other country, especially one considered an adversary, the US Democratic presidential candidate said.

The remarks came after a computer network used by Clinton’s campaign was believed to have been hacked as part of the broad cyber attack on Democratic political organizations, Reuters reported.

Cyber-security experts said they suspect Russia engineered the release of the emails to influence the Nov. 8 US presidential election.

Asked if she believed Putin wanted Trump in the White House, Clinton said she was not going to jump to that conclusion.

“But I think laying out the facts raises serious issues about Russian interference in our elections, in our democracy,” Clinton said in the interview aired on Sunday.

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