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U.S. intelligence officials have “high confidence” that the Russian government was responsible for a major hack that stole of a trove of emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), according The New York Times.
Intelligence agencies have informed the White House of their determination but have said it remains unclear whether the hack was an attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
The possibility remains that it was a common cyberattack that countries, including the U.S., partake in against various outside governments and organizations.
The theft has roiled the campaign. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's Groups push lawmakers to use defense bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen civil war Congress must address the looming debt crisis MORE backers were enraged after internal emails published on the website WikiLeaks showed DNC officials apparently working to undermine the Vermont senator’s upstart presidential campaign against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wassermann Schultz stepped down in the wake of the email leak, which was clearly on the minds of Sanders backers at the party’s national convention in Philadelphia this week.
Earlier Tuesday, President Obama raised the possibility the Russians hacked the DNC in order to boost the campaign of Republican nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE, who has previously praised Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Anything's possible,” Obama said in an interview with NBC News.
Trump on Tuesday sought to bat down the notion that the hack was meant to benefit his campaign.
“In order to try and deflect the horror and stupidity of the Wikileakes disaster, the Dems said maybe it is Russia dealing with Trump. Crazy!” he tweeted. “For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia.”