Editor's Note: This piece was authored by Townhall intern Chris Reeves.
According to a report in, the General Intelligence and Security Service of the Netherlands (AIVD)-the Netherlands' domestic intelligence service-had hacked into the network of a building at a Russian university in Moscow some time in the summer of 2014.
Former FBI Director and current special counsel Robert Mueller just this week indicated he would like to interview Trump as part of the Russian Federation investigation, CNN reported.
American intelligence agencies' revelations about Russian hackers attempting to sway the 2016 elections in favor of Donald Trump is thanks to a "fluke" breach on the part of Dutch spies, local media has reported. Unsurprisingly, this information has reportedly been used to shape USA intelligence investigations of alleged Russian interference up to the present day.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin, denounced the report. "From the pictures taken of visitors, the AIVD deduces that the hacker group is led by Russia's external intelligence agency SVR".
Dutch officials did not confirm or deny the report. The AIVD declined to comment to Volkskrant.
First, neither Dutch outlet has released independent evidence corroborating their sources' claims.
But the questions raised by the Dutch scoop are as significant as the gaps it helps to close. According to the report, later in the year, Russian hackers targeted the White House computer networks - the attack was also detected by the Dutch intelligence agency, which then informed United States authorities. By November, the JSCU had infiltrated the Russian network, and accessed the camera, witnessing how, and likely who was involved in a massive cyber attack carried out against the United States. One would expect USA intelligence to try to prevent that kind of thing.
It has led to the Dutch intelligence agencies becoming more hesitant at sharing information with USA, particularly with Trump in the White House, the Volkskrant stated. And it was the information that they were able to provide to the United States shed light on Cozy Bear. There's no longer any reason to protect those sources.
Commenting on the growing number of foreign states' accusations of alleged attempts by Moscow to "undermine democracy", Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called the claims ridiculous, emphasizing that there was no proof that Russian Federation was involved in the election processes of the United States, Germany, France, or the United Kingdom. That's hard to understand if the evidence has been there since 2015. The story was published months after Trump took office.