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Saturday, July 30, 2016

DNC Emails: Russian "Hackers" or Simply "Foreign Journalists"?

From ABC News: "Nevertheless, government sources privately suspect Russian hackers are behind the cyber attacks on Democratic organizations.
Speaking at the annual Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, Brennan vowed that when the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement community determines who is behind it, "there will be discussions at the highest levels of the government" over how to respond.
"Obviously interference in the U.S. election process is a very, very serious matter, and I think certainly this government [would] treat it with great seriousness," Brennan added."
So let's think about this.
Someone hacks into the DNC and exposes the fact that the DNC is colluding with the US press to publish falsified polls, promising cushy jobs to big donors, etc.
Is the hacker "interfering" with the election process?  
Or merely exposing the truth?
Isn't the hack kind of like, say, Woodward and Bernstein, exposing Nixon and Watergate?  Didn't they have "deep throat" to tattle on Nixon?  In those days it mattered that Nixon had done wrong - not really so much how the reports finagled the information out of government and Nixon-appointed staff.
Is the hacker a criminal for exposing lies a potential candidate is telling voters?
Perhaps the "Russian Hackers" are in fact foreign journalists simply looking for the truth?
Had a "confidential source" (to use old, 1970's newspaper speak) exposed these emails to a zealous reporter would this be different?
Today's technology really just eliminates the need for the reporter; the emails now flow directly from the target's computer to the public...
The only difference today is that it doesn't matter if you do something wrong.

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