New York( CNN) If Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to influence the outcome of the US presidential election, as some reports have suggested, his longstanding antipathy toward Hillary Clinton would be a principal motivation, says one of the leading journalists covering global affairs.

The Axe Files, featuring David Axelrod, is a podcast distributed by CNN and produced at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. The writer works for David Axelrod.

“The reason I think it’s plausible is, Putin actually detests Hillary Clinton. It’s personal, ” CNN’s Fareed Zakaria told David Axelrod on “The Axe Files” podcast, produced by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN.