[USA] moral: Putin is playing Trump like a chumpFrom: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jul 28 2017 21:36:21
If you're looking around wondering who the patsy is, you are probably
No conclusive proof has yet emerged that the Kremlin arranged this
meeting, and the Russians involved have asserted they were not working
for the Putin government. Mr. Kushner himself told Senate investigators
that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. But
to me, the clearest evidence that this was a Russian influence
operation is the trail of bread crumbs the Kremlin seemed to have
deliberately left leading from Trump Tower to the Kremlin. This
operation was meant to be discovered.
I can’t say how news of the
meeting broke, but once it did, Mr. Putin achieved one of his goals:
throwing the American government into greater turmoil amid the frenzied
media coverage, escalating F.B.I. and congressional investigations and
intensified political conflict. And with the revelation that Russia was
behind the meddling, Mr. Putin achieved another objective: to allow
Russia, despite its economic and military inferiority, to claim that it
could rival the United States on the global playing field. He could do
all this while denying, with a wink and a nod, any involvement.
If this all sounds far-fetched, consider that the Russians have a long
history of these kinds of operations, including in the United States.
In the 1968 presidential campaign, Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin
unsuccessfully offered financial assistance to the Democratic
candidate, Hubert Humphrey, according to a K.G.B. archivist, Vasili
Mitrokhin. Mr. Mitrokhin also uncovered a Soviet intelligence campaign
to spread vicious attacks in 1976 against Senator Henry Jackson, a
Democratic presidential candidate known for his anti-Soviet views.
Russia’s active-measures operations slowed during the 1990s under
President Boris Yeltsin, but Mr. Putin has resurrected the art of
covert influence often in conjunction with cyberwarfare, particularly
against Georgia, Ukraine and the United States.
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