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Germany expects Russian effort to influence election: Interior minister

Vladimir Putin speaks over the phone with Tayyip Erdogan while he inspects the work on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project aboard the Pioneering Spirit pipeline-laying ship in the Black Sea near Anapa, Russia, June 23, 2017. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 04, 2017, 10.02 AM (IST)

Germany expects Russia to seek to influence its general election on September 24, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Tuesday, adding that data stolen in a 2015 hack of the lower house of parliament could surface in the coming weeks, AFP reports.

Hans-Georg Maassen, Germany's domestic intelligence agency head, said at the same news conference that there were no indications Russia would back any particular party.

"A large volume of data was taken during the 2015 Bundestag hack," de Maiziere said. "We expect some of that information could emerge in coming weeks."

Other recent election hacks by Russia

US intelligence agencies agree that Russia deliberately interefered with the US election in order to help elect Donald Trump. Several investigations are underway, including a criminal one against Donald Trump, aiming to determine what exactly Russia did, and whether or not the Trump administration actively colluded with Russia. 

Russia denies this charge. Trump has repeatedly called "the whole Russia thing" "a hoax", and "Fake News", but has also said "regarding the hacking, I think it was Russia".

Hackers with connections to the Russian government played a role in the effort to damage Emmanuel Macron's presidential campaign by leaking emails and documents in advance of the election, Reuters reported, citing two US intelligence officials.

Last week Ukraine blamed Russian security services for a cyber attacked that started in that country and spread around the world. Ukraine maintains that Russia's aim was to destroy important data and spread panic. Massen, the German domestic intelligence head , said his agency has no reliable evidence that it was carried out by Russia.




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