How the Olympics might have played a role in Russia’s election-campaign hacking – Chicago Tribune

Did the Olympics play a role in alleged Russian hacking that targeted the U.S. presidential campaign?

The U.S. intelligence report released Friday, which says Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered the operation, raises that possibility.

“Putin publicly pointed to the Panama Papers disclosure and the Olympic doping scandal as U.S.-directed efforts to defame Russia, suggesting he sought to use disclosures to discredit the image of the United States and cast it as hypocritical,”  the report said.

Intelligence officials allege that Putin both “aspired to help” President-elect Donald Trump in November and to “harm” Trump’s rival, Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with leaks of pilfered emails and other covert activities.

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