What the hell took so long? As I make clear in this post, it was revealed six weeks that Russian intelligence hacked not just the DNC but other political groups. Why are they only investigating now?
And then there’s this. I don’t agree that the emails show any corruption or even illegal activity. But again, it’s far more worrisome that Putin is trying to help get Donald Trump elected than that Debbie Wasserman Schultz tried to help elect Hillary Clinton.
Why is nobody concerned that the Russians are trying to influence the U.S. presidential election? Isn’t that the actual story here?
It’s been well-known for over a month that Russian hackers gained access to the DNC servers at some point and possibly had access for as much as a year. It’s been widely reported, everywhere from the Washington Post to tech blogs, that Russian intelligence was behind the hack. Indeed, the Washington Post reported that the Russians had access not just to the DNC system but all of the political campaigns, plus some Republican PACs.
At the time it was believed that:
The intrusions are an example of Russia’s interest in the U.S. political system and its desire to understand the policies, strengths and weaknesses of a potential future president — much as American spies gather similar information on foreign candidates and leaders.
So, just a little information-gathering exercise. You know, nothing to worry about.
But it appears to have been much more than that. With this strategically-timed “leak” just before the Democratic National Convention, it seems obvious that the Russians are trying to influence the U.S. presidential election. Trying to create chaos and divide Democratic voters by creating a wedge within the party and exploiting an already perpetually-aggrieved constituency known as the Bernie Sanders delegates.
To me, the fact that a foreign government is trying to influence our election with dirty tricks is far more worrisome than whatever mean things DNC staffers said to each other about Bernie Sanders in their emails.
I haven’t read all 20,000 emails but from what I have read, what we have are people pissed off at the guy who had just sued the party and set his social media attack dogs on Nevada delegates. Of course they were pissed. There’s no evidence of fraud that I’ve seen, just people tired of Bernie still going on TV and telling people he still had a chance to secure the nomination, in defiance of all logic and math. This kind of stuff is red meat to some Berners but it’s not the evidence that anything was rigged that they were hoping for.
What is worrisome is that this discord is being ginned up by a foreign government. There have also been revelations of Donald’s Trump’s deep financial ties to Russian investors and Trump’s top advisors “having spent years working in Putin’s orbit,” as Josh Marshall wrote. And I wonder how many RNC emails there are begging for anyone but Trump? Where are those emails? I’m sure it’s all a big coincidence, right?
Look, I’m sorry some Berners got their feelings hurt but grow up, people. The Russian government is trying to put their man in the White House and frankly, someone’s hurt fee-fees is the least of my worries right now.