Russia previously tried to influence US elections, says spy chief

James R. Clapper did not accuse Russia of recently hacking into Democratic Party computers.

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Russia has tried to influence U.S. elections since the 1960s during the Cold War, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said Tuesday.

It's not clear whether the interference, which has a long history, aims to influence the outcome of the election or tries to sow seeds of doubt about the sanctity of the process, Clapper said in an interview with The Washington Post.

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Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper.

The remarks are the closest the U.S. spy chief has come to suggesting that Russia could be involved in recent hacks of Democratic Party organizations.

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