After the Democratic National Committee email hacks last Friday, rumours have spread that the entire thing was orchestrated by the Russian government to undermine Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Although the jury's still out on whether this is the case, Donald Trump's recent call for Russia to continue to hack Clinton has produced more than a little outcry.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
The debacle has led many commentators to consider whether there are any potential links between Vladimir Putin and Trump, and whether Putin is influencing and aiding Trump in his campaign. As reported by The BBC, there's plenty of evidence to suggest that may be the case.
Some of Trump's staff are distinctively pro-Putin
There's a lot of money involved
And a bit more money, too
The Republican manifesto changed its stance on Russia
Trump doesn't care much for NATO
The Russian media have become suddenly pro-Trump
Trump & Putin are fond of one another
Despite accusations Trump and old Boris Johnson are involved in a bromance, the things Putin and Trump have said about each other are sure to raise a few eyebrows.
Putin has called Trump "bright" and "very talented" and Trump in turn has spoken of his admiration. Just today Donald Trump implied Putin said the "n word" about Obama, but followed this up with the sentence: "I hope he likes me."