Merkel apes Killary Clinton
‘Reflection of insecurity?’ Merkel claims ‘Russian hackers’ might derail German elections
8 November, 2016
Speculation that Russia could influence elections in a foreign country is spreading across the Atlantic, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel claiming that Moscow could try to impact Germany’s general elections next year through cyberattacks.
Accusations of Russian involvement in the US presidential race began to surface this summer after Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails were published by WikiLeaks on July 22, 2016.
Since then, US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s allegations that Moscow engaged in hacking to damage her bid for the White House have become a major issue in the ongoing US election campaign.
While offering no proof, the Democrats accused the Kremlin of hacking into their computer networks and publishing sensitive information in order to swing the election in favor of Clinton’s GOP rival Donald Trump. In particular, Clinton claimed that Russia had supplied the whistleblower website WikiLeaks with emails hacked from the account of her campaign chair, John Podesta.
WikiLeaks has so far refused to reveal its source of the leaks, but a hacker named Guccifer 2.0 claimed responsibility for the attack. Russia for its part has repeatedly denied the accusations, asserting that it has no interest in influencing the US election or any other country’s political choice.
Yet on Tuesday, just before the Americans went out to vote, German Chancellor Angela Merkel who faces massive discontent at home over her “open door” migrant policy, said that Moscow might “also” try to influence the German election
Answering a question about whether Germany could experience similar cyberattacks to those which have been reported in the US, Merkel, without a shred of evidence, alleged that Russia’s interference could be a possibility.