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Monday, May 22, 2017

Russian Meddling—Look Deeper

For John, BLUFThat the DNC didn't protect itself should be reason for, at a minimum, shaming by all news media.  Never going to happen.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The LA Times, and Reporter Ann M Simmons, 17 May—Wednesday last.

Ms Simmons says, in part:

The Kremlin has ridiculed the flap in the U.S. over allegations of possible collusion between members of Trump’s campaign during his run for the White House and the president’s seemingly cozy relations with Putin. Moscow has denied meddling in U.S. elections and political affairs.

Putin warned that the United States’ anti-Russian rhetoric could backfire.

“You know what surprises me? They are destabilizing the internal political situation in the United States under anti-Russian slogans,” Putin said, according to Tass. “They either do not understand that they are harming their own country, which means they are just shortsighted, or they understand everything, and that means that they are dangerous and unscrupulous people.”

The Poster at InstaPundit, Mr Stephen Green, says of the article, and President Putin:
The denial stinks — Putin’s technique is to sow chaos and reap whatever may come from it.  But his analysis of what Democrats and not-just-a-few Republicans are doing to this country is spot-on.
As someone Commented at the InstaPundit blog post:
Vlad Putin....Voice of Reason

Think of how absurd that sounds.

I am one of those open to Seth Rich being the "leaker" to Wikileaks, but I think we need to do some back story and ask ourselves to what degree President V Putin thinks that SecState H Clinton meddled in the elections in his sphere of influence.  Why would President V Putin NOT think that what was good for the goose is good for the gander?  We (the US) do have a history of interfering in elections in other nations.  For examples, see here and here and here and here and finally here, where the key line is "The officer reportedly described the intelligence agency’s effort as retribution for what Russian President Vladimir Putin considered Clinton’s influence campaign against him while serving as secretary of State.")

What was that line from almost a decade ago?

America's chickens are coming home to roost.

But, I doubt the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, will delve into that issue.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  This is not to say that US Influence Operations in the past (or in the future) are a bad thing.  It is to say that we are on a multi-lane road and some of the traffic is going the other way and that if we are not ready for it, shame on us.  The rest of this is merely theater.

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