Russian Hacker Drops Bombshell In Court: Putin Ordered Theft Of Clinton’s Email From DNC To Help Trump
In another extraordinary development in the Trump-Russia investigation, a Russian hacker accused of stealing from Russian banks confessed in court that he hacked the U.S. Democratic National Committee (DNC) and stole Hillary Clinton’s emails under the direction of agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), Newsweek Reports.
Konstantin Kozlovsky, a Russian citizen working for a hacker group called Lurk, confessed to hacking Clinton’s emails during a hearing about his arrest in August. An audio recording and minutes from the hearing were posted on Kozlovsky’s Facebook page, and their authenticity was reportedly confirmed by Russian news site The Bell, according to Newsweek.
U.S. intelligence services have determined that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and was involved in stealing emails from the DNC. Cybersecurity company CrowdStrike concluded last year that the DNC’s emails had been breached by hackers associated with the FSB and Russian military intelligence.
“CrowdStrike stands fully by its analysis and findings identifying two separate Russian intelligence-affiliated adversaries present in the DNC network in May 2016,” the company said in a statement.
Some of the hacked emails were released by WikiLeaks in July 2016, just in time for the Democratic National Convention. Reportedly, the CIA later identified Russian officials who fed material hacked from the DNC to WikiLeaks under Putin’s orders.
In a handwritten letter that also appears in a photo on his Facebook page, Kozlovsky admits to hacking the DNC on the orders of an FSB agent he called “Ilya” in an effort to tilt the election in Donald Trump’s favor.
Clinton’s emails also have been the subject of multiple investigations into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. Donald Trump Jr. and the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have admitted to meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 who promised that she had dirt on Clinton. Both men later claimed that the lawyer did not provide the promised material.
If confirmed, the hacker’s claims could prove that President Vladimir Putin’s government was behind the hacking of the DNC, despite the Kremlin’s insistence that it was not involved.