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McCain May Hold Hearing to Find if Russia Behind DNC Leaks

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By    |   Friday, 29 Jul 2016 03:43 PM

Sen. John McCain is considering holding a hearing on whether Russia was involved in the Democratic National Committee's email leak.

"The question is on these emails, what is the Russian involvement? I'm seriously considering, and I haven't reach a conclusion yet, that maybe we ought to have a hearing on whether the Russians hacked into the emails and then released them in an attempt to affect an American election," the former Republican presidential nominee said on NewsTalk 550 KFYI, according to Buzzfeed. "I'm not saying it's true, but it is certainly coincidental at best."

According to McCain, who chairs the Senate Committee on Armed Services and sits on the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, claims that Russia is the leading country in terms of hacking capabilities.

"This should disturb us, if indeed the Russians have been involved in this. It should be extremely disturbing to all of us," McCain said. "I think it is Congress' role to look into it, including the Senate Armed Services Committee."

According to a 2008 Wired article, there's a practice in Russia called "kompromat," a combination of the Russian words for "compromising" and "material." Using kompromat, the Kremlin has dug up dirt on party officials, journalists, and others they deem enemies of the government, and leak it to damage their reputations.

Footage of a popular broadcaster at an orgy, of a prosecutor focusing on official corruption in bed with two young prostitutes, both were obtained and disseminated by the Kremlin to silence opposition.

"This is not just about the United States, it is not just about Trump or Clinton, or just about American democracy," Thomas Rid, security studies professor at King's College London, told The New York Times. "If they consider this a success, they may conclude that, 'Of course, we can do this elsewhere. We can do this again. We can probably also find things, kompromat, on the next president.' "

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