Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country was definitely not behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee's emails last month, but said it's a good thing the emails have been made available to the public.
"Listen, does it even matter who hacked this data?" Putin said in an interview with Bloomberg on Thursday. "The important thing is the content that was given to the public."
But U.S. officials earlier this summer said there was "little doubt" that Russia was behind the hack.
In the interview, Putin called the hack a service to the public.
He said we should focus on the content of the emails that were leaked. "There should be discussion about this, and there's no need to distract the public's attention from the essence of the problem by raising some side issues connected with the search for who did it, " Putin added.
Roughly 20,000 private emails were published by WikiLeaks after the hack. The emails revealed that Democratic party officials attempted to undermine Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton.
The email hack sparked outrage among Sanders' supporters and prompted DNC chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign.
The FBI says it has high confidence that the Kremlin was behind the hack.
As for the 2016 election, Putin remained neutral, criticizing both Clinton and Donald Trump for their rhetoric on the campaign trail.
"They're both using shock tactics, just each in their own way. I don't think they are setting the best example," he said.