FBI Claims Russia Behind Clinton Campaign Chairman Email Hacks

Once Again, FBI Offers No Evidence to Back Up Suspicions

There’s no publicly available evidence to substantiate the claims, but if a hack happens against anyone related to the Clinton campaign, there’s a good bet the Obama Administration is going to blame Russia. That’s as true today as it was during the campaign convention, with the FBI now saying the hacking of campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails are suspected to be Russia’s doing.

Once again, the Clinton campaign is taking this many steps farther, with Podesta himself openly claiming that the fact his emails were hacked “can only be aimed at boosting Donald Trump,” adding that Trump is “continuing to side with the Russians.”

Clinton’s campaign has repeatedly claimed Russia is conducting a systematic hacking campaign to try to get Trump elected, and members of her campaign have accused Trump of secretly being in Russia’s pocket. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in any hacking.

Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that his country has no interest in interfering in the US elections, and claimed the allegations were meant to “divert the attention of the American people from the essence of what was exposed by the hackers.”

So far, it’s been extremely successful on that front, with coverage of the Clinton campaign blaming Russia for the hacks far outstripping coverage of the hacks themselves, and indeed becoming a substantial part of the campaign in general.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.