US spy chief Clapper not ready to blame Russia for DNC hacking

Director of US National Intelligence James Clapper does not know whether Russia hacked into the servers of the Democratic National Committee and thinks people “should stop freaking out.” Asked at the Aspen Security Forum if he thought anonymous federal officials – who have been telling media outlets they were sure Russia was responsible for infiltrating the DNC’s servers and stealing thousands of emails and internal communications – were jumping the gun, Clapper unequivocally answered “Yes.”

Of course Russia wants to meddle in US politics, Clapper explained, and it’s certainly conceivable they would do something like the DNC hack. But he added, “We don’t know enough to ascribe motivation.”

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