10 January 2017

Of Hacks and Hacking

Last week the government released the intelligence report on alleged Russian hacking during the 2016 election.

You can read it here.

The main conclusions attributed the hacking of the DNC and John Podesta to the Russians, who directly or through a third party, forwarded the information to Wikileaks. The purpose behind the publication of the documents was to help Donald Trump in the election.

The release confirms--at least in the hearts and minds of Democrats--their narrative that the election was "hacked." That narrative is sufficiently vague enough to include everything from publishing private emails to hacking voting machines. Plenty of low information Democrats will believe the latter.

The "hacking" narrative is chief promoted by "journalists" who continue to fluff for the Democratic Party.

Then there are the political hacks:

Hillary Clinton:

She partially blames the leaks for her loss in November---never mind that the mainstream media manifested an astonishing lack of interest in the leaks.

“This is not just an attack on me and my campaign, although that may have added fuel to it. This is an attack against our country. We are well beyond normal political concerns here. This is about the integrity of our democracy and the security of our nation.”

Nancy Pelosi :

She finally found her inner bipartisan spirit. After the release of documents by Wikileaks, she actually called on Republicans NOT to use the contents of those leaks in the on-going political campaigns, asserting that  “defending our democracy is more important than any advantage or disadvantage in this election.”

Charles Shumer:

He called on a congressional investigation--as long as it does not become "politicized"--which sets up a high  bar for a story about politics.

The right wing has its own political hacks as well.

 Sarah Palin . .

Palin, like other conservatives, condemned Wikileaks and Julian Assange when he published classified U.S. governement documents. She personally attacked him for publishing her own e-mails. Now she has second thoughts and has apologized.

You can read all about it here.

Just because Julian Assange published negative stories about the Democrats that the mainstream media largely ignored does not make him a friend of conservatives or, more importantly, a friend of the United States.

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