Espionage Tuesday

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The Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign is being treated too much like a novelty and not enough as a serious and persistent security threat. The problem becomes more urgent as we see it spread to other countries.

WikiLeaks, which disseminated stolen DNC documents, announced last week that it would turn its attention to France, and has released material relating to presidential candidates François Fillon and Emmanuel Macron, opponents of Marine Le Pen.

US intelligence agencies found clear links between Wikileaks and the Russian state; we have to assume Russia will use these to undermine Vladimir Putin’s arch-nemesis, Angela Merkel, when she faces the far-right Alternative für Deutschland at the polls in September.

But there’s a deeper dimension to Russia’s actions, which deserves the free world’s urgent attention: its capacity to silently influence domestic legislation and policy-making between elections.

Leaders in the US and Europe must stop any attempt by Trump to ease sanctions on Russia

With his success in the US last year, Putin has put opponents on notice that there will be a price to pay for crossing him. Indeed, the complex infrastructure that Russia built to infect public discourse with false or stolen information isn’t going anywhere. It can be unleashed at any time, on any issue, domestic or international.

# TG

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21 Responses to Espionage Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    Another dead Rooskie

    Putin purge?

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  2. Den says:

    The Duran is a right wing fake news site!

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Been lightly snowing for 2.5 hours and maybe now the snow is beginning to stick.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Guess not.

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      • David B. Benson says:

        Sticking here and there now.

        Missouri Flat Creek is at flood stage and just a bit more will fill a culvert. The excess will flow out onto North Grand Avenue, Highway 27, making quite a mess and serious traffic delays. Ah, the US D+ graded infrastructure.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    David Brooks offers a sensible opinion on TNYT today.

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  5. º¿carol says:

    Another nice day, had some sun. It drizzled awhile this morning.

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    • º¿carol says:

      My plan for this morning was to go out and pick up sticks. Then I spotted rain drops on the front window. Shoot. No dog today, didn’t have to cook, it would have been perfect for stick duty.

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  6. º¿carol says:

    The repukes in Lansing were talking about getting rid of the state income tax. Today they changed their minds due to pressure from Gov. Snyder, and “other republicans.” THANK goodness.

    Republicans are such evil bastards, ready to nuke anything, and everything. They already blew a huge hole in the state budget when Snyder was first elected and they got rid of the business tax. I think that shorted the state $5 billion. What would they end up doing to we little people if they got rid of the income tax? Our sales tax is already 6%. They raised fees on license tags, entry into state parks, gas tax and other things. I shudder to think what they would do to we peasants. 😦

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  7. º¿carol says:

    Been reading in the news feed, one article was how there hasn’t been one day in Trump’s month in office that has been lie-free. There was even a count of how many per day he told, lol. Like my daughter-in-law said, if his lips are moving…..

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  8. David B. Benson says:

    We’re flying apart!

    Faster and faster!

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  9. Den says:

    The end is near enough thank you.

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  10. Den says:

    Flooding down below in Sac and other areas, a couple of compromised levees, reservoirs topped off, snowing to beat hell up the hill, freeway closed both ways, bouts of pea-sized hail all day, finally calmed down now, no rain.

    A plenty busy weather winter.

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  11. Den says:

    Serves Cletus right, running a red light:

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