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Walter Isaacson, former CEO of CNN and TIME managing editor, interviewed John Brennan, former CIA director under the Obama Administration, on Russian cyberattacks on the 2016 presidential election at a Fortune event Wednesday. Brennan detailed the extent of the hacking, noting that he's "never seen it this bad."

  • How do you know the hack was authorized by Putin personally? "We have ways."
  • On Trump's praise of Putin, given Russia's interference in U.S. election: "It made my blood boil."
  • Intent of Russian hacking: They were out to ruin Hillary Clinton. "They wanted her bloodied by the time of the election."
  • Difference between a missile attack and a hack? "There's a return address."

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