The Russian president penned an op-ed for a German paper in which he discussed the importance of cyber-security and the protection of “sovereignty of states.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom U.S. intelligence has clearly identified as personally ordering an interference campaign in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, wrote an op-ed on Thursday that emphasized the need for the G20 to combat cyber-attacks on “the privacy of individuals or the sovereignty of states.”
According to U.S. intelligence, Putin personally ordered the operation that hacked into the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s email account.
Here’s what Putin wrote (emphasis ours):
Security of and in the use of ICTs is a new issue on the G20 agenda. Russia consistently advocates free access to communication technologies, including the Internet. We consider it highly important to protect human rights in the information space. At the same time, freedom in the digital sphere, just like in any other, should by no means be replaced by permissiveness and impunity. This leads to a rampage involving cyber-criminals, hacker groups and all those who encroach on the privacy of individuals or the sovereignty of states by using cutting-edge technologies. Russia, which was among the first countries to note the danger of this challenge, has for several years been advocating the conclusion of universal international agreements under the UN auspices that are called on to combat these negative phenomena. We hope this will evoke a positive and interested response from other countries. The G20 agenda should also include digital literacy issues, a key element of protecting consumer rights in e-commerce.
Vladimir Putin might be the most shameless man in the history of the world.
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