CNN — Russian hackers allegedly stole more than 60,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, according to the FBI.
The emails were discovered in late June, a day after WikiLeaks released emails from Clinton campaign chairman and former President Bill Clinton, according the FBI report.
“The FBI is notifying the public of the existence of the materials discovered in the hack of the DNC, but they are not yet public,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Wray in a statement.
A group of hackers linked to Russian intelligence was responsible for the attack, which included stealing DNC emails, according Fox News.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was quoted by Russia’s state news agency, RIA Novosti, as saying that he had seen no evidence of the alleged hacking, which occurred in the days before the election.
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been investigating the hack for months.
FBI Director James Comey said at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week that the agency had uncovered evidence that Russian government hackers had stolen emails from Democratic Party officials.
The hacking group WikiLeaks also published emails from Podesta, including some that Clinton had sent to him and a reference to the Russian government, but it was not clear how the emails were obtained.
“It appears that they were stolen from a DNC server, which is the only server that we know of that was hacked in the course of the 2016 campaign,” said Wray, the FBI director.
“There is no indication that the DNC was hacked by a foreign power.”
The Russian government denied involvement in the hacks, and Russian President Vladimir Peskov said the Russian hackers are “acting with the full understanding of the Americans.”
“The Americans should stop trying to make these guys look good,” Peskov told the Associated Press news agency on Tuesday.
The hack is believed to have been carried out by Russian state-backed hackers.
But the Kremlin has not offered any proof of this, and it has been unclear if it is connected to the hacking of the Democratic Party emails.