If you think the business of who becomes America’s next president is exclusively that of Americans, then think again. The Russians are proving to the world that they are as interested, if not more so, as the Americans who will be voting in November to elect Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as president.
Relying on a federal law enforcement official’s opinion, the New York Times reports that the Russian intelligence services have hacked the computer systems used by the Clinton campaign. That revelation comes days after WikiLeaks published emails of key officials of the Democratic National Committee, fueling controversy and causing the ouster of Debbie Wasserman Shultz, its chairwoman. That leak, allegedly orchestrated by the Russian government working in collaboration with WikiLeaks, was timed to embarrass the Clinton campaign and plant division in the ranks of the Democratic Party in advance of its recently concluded convention in Philadelphia.
Recently Trump also called on the Russians to find and release Clinton’s “deleted” emails. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” Trump said at a news conference last Wednesday.
Why would Putin have a dog in the American fight? Why has Trump himself been cozying up to Putin for months? There are any number of reasons, but a few should suffice for now.
Putin regrets the dissolution of the old Soviet empire and wants to recreate it if he can without NATO lifting a finger in defence of many of its members that share boundaries with Russia. A Trump presidency that wouldn’t believe in NATO could enable Putin achieve his objective. For Putin, influencing the outcome of the US election, sounds like a dream come true after a lifetime of waiting. Putin now thinks he can pay back America and Clinton in particular for past American meddlesomeness in Russian elections and affairs. On the other hand, Trump who’s alleged to be having oil dealings with Russian oligarchs, sees Russia as a vastly lucrative cash cow if he becomes president.
The Russians, from all indications, seem to have more “goods” on Clinton that they would like to dump on the internet days before the election, stuff that could sway the minds of swing voters in favor of Trump. It is indeed a very dangerous situation which not only the Clinton campaign but even Americans should fear.