Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hillary was up against the Russians

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the only presidential candidate in history to be up against the FSB, "the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB."  Probably.  The connection to the Russians is sure; exactly which Russian agency is not yet clear.

Today's lengthy report in the New York Times details each step of Russian hacking of US computers beginning twenty years ago.

The report takes up four whole pages, not counting the front page, where it begins.

The slowness of US response to the hacking is a major concern.

Another is the direct parallel to the Watergate break-in.

In 1972, American thieves physically entered Democratic National Committee offices and stole files for the Republican Party.

In 2015 and 2016, Russian thieves entered Democratic National Committee emails and stole them for the KGB.  Through Wikileaks, selected damaging emails were leaked from summer 2015 through November 2016.  

What began as just spying became an effort to influence the US elections.

Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear will become names recognized in every household.  

Special Agent Adrian Hawkins, who didn't walk two blocks to make his report to the DNC in person, will also become a household word.

Yared Tamene, who had no idea what to do with the email warning of a hack job, and his boss Andrew Brown, will also become widely known names.

Thank you to Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger, and Scotty Shane for their investigation and reporting.

The full article is very discouraging to read.  We are in a Brave New World.

No candidate has ever faced what Hillary was up against.

Will the electoral college get the briefing they have requested?

Will some electors change their votes and go with the popular vote favoring Hillary by 2.5 million?

Or will Vladimir Putin get the president he wants in the US?

We can only stay tuned as the unbelievable sequence of events continues.

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