BLOOMBERG: Vladimir Putin said the hacking of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails and documents was a service to the public, but denied U.S. accusations that Russia’s government had anything to do with it. The Russian president sat down with Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait for an exclusive interview in Vladivostok, Russia, ahead of the annual G-20 summit in Hangzhou.
"No, I don't know anything about that," Putin replied when asked about Russia's alleged role in hacking the Democratic National Committee and providing confidential data to WikiLeaks. "It is an extremely difficult thing to check, it is impossible to check."
"Listen, does it even matter who hacked this data?'' Putin said. "The important thing is the content that was given to the public. There should be discussion about this, and there is no reason to distract the public's attention from the essence of the problem by raising some side issues with the search for who did it.''
"But I will tell you again, I don't know anything about who did it," he added. "And at the state level Russia has never done this. And to be honest I couldn't even imagine that this sort of thing."