Vladimir Putin to Corporate America: You should 'help' President Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin said hackers who leaked sensitive Democratic files past year could have been from anywhere, including the United States, in a Friday interview with NBC.

Putin's sky-high domestic popularity is built on his self-styled image as a man who can restore Russian Federation to its former glory.

Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on Friday that the hacking of Hillary Clinton's campaign during the election may have been a CIA-engineered false flag operation created to implicate his country.

Asked about the "fingerprints", IP addresses allegedly belonging to Russian hackers, he said those could have been easily rigged and couldn't stand as credible evidence.

Kushner met with the ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, in early December, and suggested establishing a secure communications line between the Kremlin and Trump officials at a Russian diplomatic facility, according to USA officials who reviewed intelligence reports describing Kislyak's account.

Snowden, 33, was given asylum in Russian Federation in 2013 after leaking classified information about US spy operations.

Putin deftly brushed off questions about meetings that members of the Trump campaign - including then-Sen.

"They made a mistake and they don't want to recognize this mistake right now".

Claiming that Russian Federation does not have any "tight" military relationship with Pakistan, Putin said just because Moscow has a "special relationship" with New Delhi, it does not mean India should be restricted in having contacts with other "partnering countries".

Putin insisted Thursday that his government was not involved in hacking the US election, CBS News justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues reports. "And we need to think what to do further", he said.

"What else the ambassador is supposed to do?"

"Maybe someone has a pill that will cure this hysteria", Putin added.

One area where Putin was critical of Trump's policy was regarding the U.S. president's demand that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members raise their military spending to 2% of GDP.

"The (Paris) agreement is a good one".

Visibly irritated by having to discuss the matter, Putin was equally forthright about denying separate accusations that there had been some kind of secret deal between Moscow and the Trump team before his inauguration. "There was snow in Moscow today; [in St Petersburg], it's rainy and cold - now we can blame all this on him and American imperialism", Putin joked.

  • Leroy Wright