For John, BLUF: Of course other nations will have in interest in our elections. We are who we are. Nothing to see here; just move along.
The author is Law Professor Charlie Dunlap, JD, and the publication date (at Duke University's Lawfire Blog) is 15 January 2017.
Here is the lede:
Americans are rightly (and almost literally) up in arms about the intelligence community’s (IC) report that Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin tried to influence the U.S. presidential election.Professor Dunlap then goes on to point out that others offered to intervene in our election or may have actually intervened. For example, the Italian Prime Minister back in March 2016.♠♥
Here is how the Blog Post wraps up.
Again, we need to continue a deep dive into Russian activities – Americans understandably see Russia as a threat – but we ought not to naively assume that they were the only country who might have wanted to shape the outcome of our election. Only by having all the facts out in the proverbial sunlight can we build an architecture that helps ensure that the outcomes of American elections are free of problematic foreign influences.Regards — Cliff
♠ Which is only fair, given how, after WWII we stuck our oar in Italian elections.
♥ Not just the Italians. Mrs Clinton said, at the time, "I am already receiving messages from leaders – I’m having foreign leaders ask if they can endorse me to stop Donald Trump."