During an interview with NBC News’ Megyn Kelly, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that American hackers interfered in the 2016 U.S. election and made it look like Russia was behind the hacking. “Hackers can be anywhere,” he said.


Putin Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC News that he believes that American hackers could have interfered in the 2016 U.S. election and been responsible for leaking documents during the campaign. Putin insisted that the hackers could have tried to make it look like Moscow was behind the act.  

During an interview with the news network’s Megyn Kelly, Putin stated through the NBC News translator: “Hackers can be anywhere. They can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States who very skillfully and professionally shifted the blame, as we say, onto Russia.”

Putin also said that those who uploaded the documents to WikiLeaks decided to do so when it was convenient for them after taking into consideration political developments. Kelly said that Putin hinted that the CIA could have even been behind the hacking, noting that many people were once certain that Moscow was behind the assassination of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

Putin’s statements come after he suggested on Thursday that it is possible that “patriotic” Russian hackers who were not backed by Moscow were responsible for the interference in the election. “Hackers are like artists,” Putin said. “They might get up one morning and read something about state-to-state relations and if they’re patriotic, they might choose to make their own contribution to the fight against those who speak ill of Russia.”