Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

United States hackers could have framed Russia: Putin

And I got up and left. "That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr Flynn".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he barely interacted with Michael Flynn, who was sacked this year as White House national security adviser, at a dinner in Moscow in 2015.

Russia has never engaged in hacking at the "state level, " Putin said at the Konstantinovsky Palace, adding that some computer attacks may be camouflaged to make them look like Russians were behind them. And then afterwards I was told, 'You know there was an American gentleman. He was involved in some things.

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When the Senate intelligence committee in May demanded that Flynn provide a list of any contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign and transition, Flynn invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination and refused. "He used to be in the security services", Putin said."That's it.

"That's it. I didn't even really talk to him". "I was one of the guests there", he said. "Some interesting characters. I found it a great learning opportunity".

An adviser to Trump's campaign and prominent speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention, Flynn was sacked less than four weeks after Trump's inauguration after claims that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the USA, during the presidential transition.

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Putin had previously denied that Russia had anything to do with the election hack, but this week, he admitted "patriotically minded" Russian private hackers might have helped President Donald Trump win the election. "Why else would they want him there?" He was sacked for what the administration said was lying about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to Vice President Mike Pence.

Putin told the NBC host that, after one day, he has a closer relationship to her than he did with Flynn. Kelly said that Putin hinted that the Central Intelligence Agency could have even been behind the hacking, noting that many people were once certain that Moscow was behind the assassination of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

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