Putin Admits Some Russians Might Have Hacked U.S. Election

“If they are patriotically minded, they start making their contributions — which are right, from their point of view — to the fight against those who say bad things about Russia.”

— Russian President Vladimir Putin, shifting away from his previous blanket denials of Russian involvement in cyberattacks last year to help the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, denied any state role on Thursday but said that “patriotically minded” private Russian hackers could have been involved, the New York Times reports.

Russian Nationalists Celebrate Trump Inauguration

Washington will be ours.

— Konstantin Rykov, a former pro-Putin lawmaker and one of the promoters of an all-night party for Russian nationalists at what used to be the main Soviet-era post office in Moscow to celebrate Donald Trump’s inauguration, Reuters reports. Rykov said on social media it was right to celebrate the first phase of the “New World Order.”

Putin Directed Russian Hack Attacks

Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used. The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies… What began as a ‘vendetta’ against Hillary Clinton morphed into an effort to show corruption in American politics and to ‘split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] couldn’t depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore.

NBC News

Russian Media Are in the Disinformation Busines to Undermine Democracy

FI mean, that is the main goal of Russian disinformation, whether it be through their television channels, whether it be through other measures like hacking, like their legions of paid trolls. That is the ultimate goal is to undermine democracy, to undermine faith in our institutions, like the media. … And I think that’s the point of Russian media, Russian disinformation has been happening for years now. But people didn’t really take it seriously.

— Former “Russia Today” anchor Liz Wahl, telling CNN that the goal of the Russian media is to create disinformation to undermine democracy.

U.S. Scrambled Fighters for Russian Bombers July 4


Number of Russian bombers that were flying close to the U.S. coast off California and Alaska on Independence Day, according to the Independent. In response, the U.S. scrambled fighter jets to intercept them. “The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) has not said if either pair of bombers was armed. At the time of the interceptions, Russian President Vladimir Putin had called President Obama to wish him a happy July 4th.”