“Save the fake outrage: Obama has known about Russian hacking for years”

That is the headline over a commentary by Aurel Braun on the Globe and Mail site.

In short, according to Braun, the U.S. and other countries have long known that Russia “has employed cyberwarfare and information warfare extensively, not only against the United States but many other countries.”

Braun also points out that “for years now, the Kremlin has sought to influence elections throughout Europe, so there should have been little surprise they did this in the United States.” He also says “the FBI had informed the Democratic National Committee of hacking back in the fall of 2015 and Mr. Obama certainly was apprised about Russian efforts in April, 2016, when Hillary Clinton’s path to victory seemed assured.”

Braun then asks the same question that has been on my mind: Why did Obama and company wait so long to act?

At this point, I will depart from Braun’s piece and go off in my own direction here: If the Russians truly did manage to hack the DNC and leak emails, Americans should be calling for heads to roll (figuratively speaking) in the American intelligence community for not preventing it from happening. But they’re not. I find that very curious.

I also wonder why so many journalists are not asking the obvious questions: Is the American intelligence community so inefficient that it couldn’t stop Russian intelligence operatives from hacking into an email server, especially when they were aware of the Russians’ alleged efforts? How does all of this reflect on the American intelligence community and, more important, the politicians to which it reports? How does it reflect upon Obama?

Obviously, there is much more going on there than meets the eye. This is not about Russians doing sneaky things and incompetent U.S. intelligence operatives. There is a very sophisticated spy vs. spy game going on, and both sides are up to their proverbial necks in it. If the Russians hacked the DNC, the U.S. chose not to prevent it, quite possibly because Obama and company believed Hillary Clinton was going to win regardless, as Braun seems to suggest. And when Hillary didn’t win, well, blame the Russians, even though there was no evidence the Russians altered election results.

Braun talks about Obama’s possible motives for expelling Russian operatives, summing them up by saying his actions may be “long on rhetoric and short on substance.”

But I have to wonder why more journalists aren’t asking why the U.S. intelligence community let the Russians get away with it — if, in fact, the Russians actually did it.

Of course, there are some saying the Russians didn’t do it at all, and that it was a disgruntled Democrat who leaked the emails.

Or maybe there is another explanation . . .

We’ll never know the truth. We’ll only hear the misinformation and propaganda being fed to us, and Americans will just have to believe and accept that their administration is acting in their best interests.

Just like they did when the U.S. administration went after Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction.

— Jillian

Photo credit: Spy silhouette. (Setreset, Wikimedia Commons)