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Intelligence Agencies are becoming increasingly convinced that Russia was behind the release of thousands of embarrassing emails from the Democratic Party. But the alleged hack may had been less about influencing the Presidential election than part of a broader scheme to discredit the US political system. Officials telling Reuter's that the leak could be an attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to push back against what he sees as an effort by the west to weaken his country.
One analyst saying that it's in Moscow's interest to portray the United States as fraught with populous discontent and high-level political corruption. WikiLeaks last Friday released more than 19,000 emails seeming to show the Democratic National Committee favoring Hillary Clinton over rival Bernie Sanders during the primary season. Prompting the resignations of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the weekend in an investigation of the FBI.
The timing of the release, just ahead of the parties nominating convention, raised questions about whether the Kremlin was trying to hurt Clinton's Campaign, and bolster Republican nominee, Donald Trump, who has praised Putin's leadership. Russia has denied any involvement in the hack on Wednesday, saying the US seems to believe horror stories it created itself.