Remember yesterday, when I left a few thoughts on the Trump campaign and the GOP’s relationship with Russia?
The primary season culminated with the Trump campaign ensuring that the GOP platform didn’t include weapons aid to Ukraine against continued Russian aggression, while Trump publicly threatened NATO with gutting the Article 5 collective security guarantee. (Let’s remember why NATO was created in the first place, eh?)
The New York Times did an interesting piece this morning on this very issue that makes some very salient points.
As many of you know, WikiLeaks has released thousands of DNC emails obtained by hackers, showing the Democratic Party’s efforts to subvert the Sanders campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton. These stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, have embarrassed Democratic leaders and caused party chairhag Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to resign (only to be rehired by the Clinton campaign – how’s THAT for corruption?)
The release also has intensified discussion of the role of Russian intelligence agencies in disrupting the 2016 campaign.
Proving the source of a cyberattack is notoriously difficult. But researchers have concluded that the national committee was breached by two Russian intelligence agencies, which were the same attackers behind previous Russian cyberoperations at the White House, the State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff last year. And metadata from the released emails suggests that the documents passed through Russian computers. Though a hacker claimed responsibility for giving the emails to WikiLeaks, the same agencies are the prime suspects. Whether the thefts were ordered by Mr. Putin, or just carried out by apparatchiks who thought they might please him, is anyone’s guess.
On Sunday morning, the issue erupted, as Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, argued on ABC’s “This Week” that the emails were leaked “by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump” citing “experts” but offering no other evidence. Mr. Mook also suggested that the Russians might have good reason to support Mr. Trump: The Republican nominee indicated in an interview with The New York Times last week that he might not back NATO nations if they came under attack from Russia — unless he was first convinced that the countries had made sufficient contributions to the Atlantic alliance.
Now, whether the emails were stolen by the Russians, or not is irrelevant when it comes to the issue of corruption within the Democratic Party that was revealed in those emails. That’s just a red herring by Mook to draw attention away from the fact that the DNC apparently actively tried to sabotage Bernie Sanders and subvert the democratic process.
As corrupt and disgusting as the DNC is, this is a separate issue from the one I discussed briefly yesterday, which is the interesting, and (I assess) dangerous relationship between the Trump campaign and Russia.
This is a revelation that, if true, will have serious repercussions on our foreign policy and our national security interests abroad, especially when coupled with the ass loads of Russian money Paul Manafort has been sucking up from his Putin crony buddies, the Trump/Putin mutual admiration society, and Trump’s promise to gut the Article 5 collective security guarantee.
That scares me.