One of the downsides to our modern technology is the prevalence of hacking. Some of it is fairly harmless, just some kids playing around. Often it can be much more serious, involving the theft of sensitive financial information or deliberate attacks on computer systems. We have seen the Democratic National Committee, State Department and Clinton campaign repeatedly hacked. The only reasonable conclusion is that someone was trying to alter the election.
Personally, I think it made little or no difference in the election. Hillary Clinton was dealing with a mountain of scandal so a few truckloads would hardly be noticed. Americans should be outraged. The preservation of our democracy is vastly more important than which candidate won the election. Interfering with this process must not be allowed to stand.
The CIA says that Russia is behind it. That makes sense to me. It’s the sort of thing Putin would do and Trump is clearly closer to him than Clinton. I applaud the efforts of a bipartisan group of senators who are trying to form a special committee to investigate the matter.
I am disappointed with the reaction of our President and President-elect. Months after this started, Obama is now talking tough by pledging retaliation. We all know that it is an empty threat, just like the red line in Syria.
Trump has attacked the CIA for saying Russia was involved. I can think of three explanations: he shot his mouth off without thinking; he believes his ill-informed opinion is better than CIA analysis or he is an apologist for Putin. He and his aides are beginning to acknowledge that Russia is to blame.
Every American should be outraged when another country tries to influence in our elections no matter the country or candidate being targeted.