Russia is playing dirty and it wants to smear the U.S. elections; at least, according to some experts. The hack of Hilary Clinton’s emails all point to Russian work and its quest to push for a Donald Trump presidency that will supposedly benefit it further.
Russia Hacking the United States
WikiLeaks decided to dump a whole lot of emails on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. The act itself can be linked to dirty politicking, but it appears more than just that. Russia is also reportedly launching its own destabilizing agenda, just like how NATO and the United States are doing. However, more than military issues, Russia seems to be dabbing on U.S. elections.
According to reports, a hacker named Guccifer 2 is the source of the WikiLeak dump. Guccifer 2 is different from the original Guccifer, a Romanian hacker who broke into Hillary Clinton’s email account and is now in jail.
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According to Foreign Policy in Focus, while Guccifer expressed distaste over Russian foreign policy, it does not hide the seemingly implied connection between Russia and the hacking incident. The report also noted that Russian intelligence agencies have been looking into material within the DNC for a year. The act was only revealed to the public just recently when they were “caught.”
“Second, if it is indeed behind the latest attack — and no definitive proof has yet emerged — Russia is backing not just a particular political candidate but the first authentic fascist to have a fighting chance of getting to the White House (“fascist” is not used here as an epithet but as the only political science term that accurately captures Trump’s combination of authoritarianism, nationalism, racism, and economic populism),” claimed the report.
Trump Causing Chaos
On the other side of the spectrum, Donald Trump has been in hot water following his call to Russian intelligence agencies to look for more Clinton emails. However, following his statement, Trump also clarified he was just being sarcastic about the matter.
“Of course I’m being sarcastic,” Trump said in a Fox News interview.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid also called out Trump and fake briefings.
“I think that the man is a loose cannon,” he told CNN. “He’s done so much to hurt our country with our international relations.”