U.S. Officials Say Russian President Vladimir Putin Personally Involved in Election Hack

U.S. Officials Say Russian President Vladimir Putin Personally Involved in Election Hack
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U.S. intelligence believe with "a high level of confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally participated in the secret Russian campaign to obstruct the November presidential election, NBC News reports.

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According to two senior officials the outlet spoke with, Putin managed how the hacked materials from Democrats were leaked.

They believe the Russian president's involvement in the hack stemmed from his "vendetta" against the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton but quickly also became an opportunity to show corruption in U.S. politics.

"He has had a vendetta against Hillary Clinton, that has been known for a long time because of what she said about his elections back in the parliamentary elections of 2011. He wants to discredit American democracy and make us weaker in terms of leading the liberal democratic order. And most certainly he likes President-elect Trump's views on Russia," Michael McFaul, who was ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, said.

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With the news, U.S. intelligence agencies have increased their investigation into Putin's personal financial empire. However, a former CIA official who previously worked for the Russian president is concerned that revealing Putin's corruption won't be effective, as his country is already aware of his dishonesty and misconduct.