Washington, Dec 17: Former Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said her defeat in the November 8 election was due to a series of “unprecedented” events — Russian cyberattacks and new FBI accusations about her handling of e-mails containing classified government information. According to an audio reported on Friday by The New York Times, Clinton, who lost the election to Republican Dold Trump by not winning the necessary minimum of 270 Electoral College votes, said her defeat was in part due to Putin’s “persol beef against me”. In that statement, made Thursday at a private fundraiser in New York, the Democrat blamed her loss on last-minute changes among undecided voters in America’s swing states, due to “some unprecedented factors that I don’t think we can ignore”, EFE news reported. Clinton said the letter from FBI Director James Comey just a week before the election, which revived the controversy over her supposedly improper use of her persol server for classified government communications, was one of the factors that switched the vote against her in key states like Florida, North Caroli, and those in the Midwestern rust belt. “Swing-state voters made their decisions in the fil days breaking against me because of the FBI letter from Director Comey,” Clinton said in the audio obtained by the The New York Times. The other factor that inclined the balance in favour of the magte, according to the ex-Secretary of State, was “the unprecedented Russian plot to swing this election”, which is, she said, “something every American should be worried about”.
The former First Lady repeated the news indicating that Putin knew all about what was going on and persolly directed “the covert cyberattacks against our electoral system, against our democracy, apparently because he has a persol beef against me. (IANS)