On Monday afternoon, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton blasted Russia for meddling in the US election in favor of her opponent Donald Trump citing “credible reports” allegedly linking Moscow with the DNC email dump by WikiLeaks and the hacking of voter files in Illinois and Arizona.
“The fact that our intelligence professional are now studying this and taking it seriously raises some grave questions about potential Russian interference with our electoral process,” said Clinton. “We are facing a very serious concern. We’ve never had a foreign adversarial power be already involved in our electoral process… We’ve never had the nominee of one of our major parties urging the Russia to hack more.”
Despite the harsh words from the former Secretary of State there remains absolutely no evidence linking Russia to the document trove released by WikiLeaks that exposed a scheme by Clinton’s campaign in partnership with the DNC and select members of the mainstream media to spin false narratives about her primary opponent Bernie Sanders – leaving some to feel the election was stolen.
Instead, there does seem to be evidence that a hacker originating in Russia breached the DNC server that was bombarded by a number of other foreign actors. In previous years, both the DNC and the RNC have been hacked by dozens of foreign nations, but never before have documents been released by a state actor and there remains no evidence that in this instance Russia was responsible for the leak.
Nonetheless, the Obama administration pushed forward an effort legitimizing Clinton’s McCarthyite fantasy land first concocted by her campaign manager Robby Mook months ago in an attempt to discredit, and distract from, the contents of the WikiLeaks file dump. That effort, led by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper follows a letter by US Senator Harry Reid, a close ally of both Clinton and Obama, which labelled Trump a traitor and accused Russia of hacking voter systems in Illinois and Arizona.
The idea that Russia is behind the separate hacks in Arizona and Illinois are laughable because the claim is that 200,000 voter’s files were “exfiltrated” (copied and pasted) – names, phone numbers, and addresses – that were already publicly available through a simple Google search and are hardly the type of materials a state actor might be interested in. Additionally, due to systematic redundancies, it remains entirely implausible that voter records could be altered.
Nonetheless, American taxpayer dollars are now being dumped into this fantasy which Clinton now looks to employ against her Republican rival Donald Trump who she now in no uncertain terms has labelled a traitor to the United States – a provocative statement even in this election season.
“I often quote a great saying that I learned from living in Arkansas for many years: If you find a turtle on a fence post it didn’t get there by itself,” said Clinton. “I think it’s quite intriguing that this activity has happened around the time Trump became the nominee.”
Hillary Clinton’s political favorability has fallen in recent weeks to historic lows and her once impenetrable margin in the polls has evaporated with a number of recent polls showing Trump either tied or leading the former Secretary of State only two months ahead of Election Day.
The Democratic nominee submits that her possession of classified, secret and top secret information on a personal email server never compromised US national security and that those contents were never hacked by a foreign power, despite strangely claiming that Russia has hacked a number of much more well protected systems, which has weighed on voters’ ability to trust her with keeping the country’s secrets safe.