Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency publicly announced he blames Russia for the data breaches that occurred at the Democratic National Committee in July. Rogers called the hacks a “conscious effort by a nation-state to attempt to achieve a specific effect.”
During the Wall Street Journal CEO Summit on Tuesday, Adm. Rogers opposed claims made by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that Russian President Vladimir Putin had nothing to do with the attacks. At the event, Rogers told press,
‘There shouldn’t be any doubt in anybody’s mind. This was not something that was done casually. This was not something done by chance. This was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily.’
Rogers has managed the agency since 2014 and maintains that Clinton’s presidential bid was tampered with by hackers hired by the Russian government. Rogers believes the hack was an attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in Trump’s favor.
It should be noted, however, that Rogers did not explicitly name Russia, although it was heavily insinuated. With that being said however, he did previously tell the Wall Street Journal that the “Russians were behind the penetrations” while discussing the data breaches that effected the DNC.
Rogers believes that the hacks were a “conscious effort by a nation-state to attempt to achieve a specific effect.”
WikiLeaks released 20,000 DNC emails throughout September and October, which most agree largely influenced the outcome of the presidential election. FBI Director James Comey reopened the case against Clinton for further investigation to find nothing, but by that time, many Americans had already cast their votes early.
Back in October, the US intelligence community released a statement accusing Russia of cyber-espionage.
The statement wrote:
‘The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process.’
Prior to the election, even President Obama has blamed the Russians for the data breaches.
Following Trump’s presidential victory, Sergey Markov, a pro-Kremlin political analyst, publicly stated the Russians may have “helped a bit” with regards to the WikiLeaks releases.
Watch the clip from Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal CEO Summit below, via Twitter:
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