The rush to blame Russia for the DNC email hack is premature
There is some circumstantial evidence that the hack may have originated in Russia, but there are many questions that haven’t been resolved
Since WikiLeaks published the DNC’s hacked emails on Sunday, there has been a flurry of accusations – including from the Hillary Clinton campaign – that Russian president Vladimir Putin orchestrated both the hack and the leak, in an attempt to help Donald Trump win the presidency.
First, it would certainly be disturbing if Russia is trying to affect our democratic process, but maybe we should wait until we see actual evidence before deciding, as some have, that Putin ordered hackers to help swing the US election on the eve of the Democratic convention?
It’s amazing how quickly the media are willing to forgo any skepticism and jump to conspiracy-tinged conclusions where Putin is involved. He has been linked to everything from Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Greece and Spain. People treat him like an omnipotent mastermind who secretly and effortlessly controls world events. Here’s an idea: maybe we should stop giving him so much credit?( Read more...Collapse )SOURCEIf Russian Intelligence Did Hack the DNC, the NSA Would Know, Snowden Says
As my colleague Glenn Greenwald told WNYC on Monday, while there may never be conclusive evidence that the Democratic National Committee was hacked by Russian intelligence operatives to extract the trove of embarrassing emails published by WikiLeaks, it would hardly be shocking if that was what happened.
“Governments do spy on each other and do try to influence events in other countries,” Glenn noted. “Certainly the U.S. government has a very long and successful history of doing exactly that.”
Even so, he added, given the ease with which we were misled into war in Iraq by false claims about weapons of mass destruction — and the long history of Russophobia in American politics — it is vital to cast a skeptical eye over whatever evidence is presented to support the claim, made by Hillary Clinton’s aide Robby Mook, that this is all part of a Russian plot to sabotage the Democrats and help Donald Trump win the election.( Read more...Collapse )SOURCERequesting "Edward Snowden" and "cybersecurity" tags, pls mods. Also maybe one for "hacks / hacking" or "leaks."
And in before I'm accused of being a Putin sympathizer/Trump supporter/Kremlin agent/useful idiot/Clinton hater/sleeper agent, I guess. Because there have been a lot of people, who aren't trolls, accusing people who are even slightly skeptical and waiting for more solid proof of the claim that the hack is a deliberate and calculated attempt by Russia to subvert American democracy of working for Putin, so I'd figure I'd jump ahead of that. Journalists (Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, Jeremy Scahill) have been accused of the same, too, so that's been interesting to watch.