There are three aspects of the Wikileaks scandal that need to be addressed. In my opinion, they should be dealt with separately.
First and foremost is the content. I have yet to see much more than I would expect within a competitive campaign, but there are a few items I want to discuss.
As an atheist, I was saddened that anyone might consider using that against someone, but as a realist, this is the USA, and Trump himself is running as a “Baby Christian”; however, Clinton did not use it, and ultimately that is how I will judge her. I respect her faith as well as Kaine’s, because they keep it private. However, this does not absolve the DNC itself nor the person who wrote it, and he has since apologized. Too little, too late. It was a GOP-style tactic, based on little more than innuendo, and it was shitty. It was also insulting to the growing non-religious population.
“It might may (sic) no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist,”Marshall wrote in a message to several DNC communications directors.
The DNC is supposed to be neutral. Sanders was accepted as a Democratic candidate, therefore he should have been treated as one. The argument that he was an independent until he ran, so the DNC had no loyalty…blah blah…does not fly with me. Rules are rules; if you don’t like them, change them. You do not get to make them up as you go along. And now as is appropriate, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is OUT as the DNC chair.
…correspondence in which Wasserman Schultz referred to Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver as a “damn liar” and an “ASS” and said the Vermont senator has “never been a member of the Democratic Party and has no understanding of what we do.”
Secondly, I do not think this changes the overall outcome of this particular election. I do think it will lead to some very needed changes within the DNC. We need more accountability, transparency, and actual democracy. I am hopeful that Sanders’ legacy will not only be the needed progressive policies we have seen incorporated, not only the incredible inclusion of a whole new generation of politically active and inspired young voters, but also a revolution of change in the actual process of how our system works. However, we have to remember as well that the DNC is not the government; it is a political organization. That does not excuse bad behavior, but it should put in context that their email issues are not “Hillary’s Email Problems” or “Government Server Security Breaches”. Finally, we cannot ignore where this is coming from. In the coming days, we must pay attention to the connections between WikiLeaks and the Trump/Putin campaign. This is no way negates what was exposed, but it does add a dimension that we must not let get lost in the madness. They have threatened a reporter, displayed blatant Antisemitism, and further propagated the myth that Cruz’s father was involved in the JFK assassination. The timing of the release, the lack of care for the personal information included, and its association with founder and notorious anti-Western democracy Julian Assange must be further explored, disseminated, and ultimately understood for what it truly means.
In an article released this morning, John Schindler, “strategist, author, and commentator whose security-focused career has included a couple decades as both a scholar and practitioner”, with The Guardian makes several vital points. He is no fan of Clinton, but his years with the NSA and previous writings on this subject give him a lot of credibility on this topic.
Honestly, if you read anything else on this topic today, I strongly urge you to read this article. He’s tough on Clinton, yes, but if anything…in my opinion that hurts Trump more. He won’t be able to deny the connection much longer; the real question will be HIS level of involvement.
The most damaging aspect to the DNC leak is the certainty that Moscow has placed disinformation—that is, false information hidden among facts—to harm the Democrats and the Clinton campaign. Disinformation is a venerable Russian spy trick that can be politically devastating to its target.
Disinformation is most effective when it plays upon essential truths. Since Hillary really is corrupt and less than honest, and the DNC actually has done her bidding in shady ways, lies that amplify those themes will be readily believed by many Americans. It’s obvious that Moscow prefers Trump over Clinton in this election, which ought not surprise given the important role of Putin-friendly advisors in the Trump campaign, and what better way to help is there than to discredit Team Clinton?
It’s apparent already that some of the most salacious emails in the DNC mega-dump are fake—as is to be expected. It’s normal Russian spycraft to place juicy fake messages among a lot of genuine ones. Here we need rigorous independent analysis of this latest Wikileaks operation to assess what’s real and what’s made up by somebody in Moscow. (source)
This story will continue to develop. I hope we can separate fact from fiction and eventually get back on the right track…somehow.