Saturday, January 07, 2017

Was Trump involved in Russian hacking?

The news of the last week has been dominated by Russia and Putin’s influencing the presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.

The news all seems to be about Putin, Russian intelligence and collaborating pro-russian trolls.

But very little has been said about Trump himself. Was Russia’s support of Trump part of a two-way deal? Does Putin’s animosity for Hillary Clinton fully explain why the he would devote so many resources on behalf of Trump?

Who is the “Hillary” in Germany and France, where the Russians are using the same methods of deception and hacking? Are there quid pro quos between the insurgent right-wing leaders and the Russians?

What’s needed from the US intelligence community and the Senate hearings are answers regarding Trump’s own possible direct involvement and cooperation with Putin and his regime.

Beyond possible political manipulations is still another world worth investigating — the criminal underworld is rife in Russia.

Does Trump have US and possibly Russian links to organized crime? One doesn’t conduct business on a Trumpian scale without dealing with underworld forces wherever they might be…and Trump’s involvements span the globe.

In Friday’s Washington Post, opinion writer Kathleen Parker made a start to prying open some of the unanswered and politically incorrect questions.

Under the headline reading, “If Obama is a Muslim, is Trump a Russian Spy?” she raises the question of whether Trump himself could be a treasonous spy and concludes: “…when the president-elect persists in a state of denial, siding with the enemy against his own country’s best interests, one is forced to consider that Trump himself poses a threat to national security…In Russia, they’d just call it treason.”

A side note: I’ve often thought that Trump’s trademark red caps should really read: “Trump. Make RUSSIA great again!” because that seems to be where his presidency is headed. Another version might carry the words: “Trump: From Russia with Love!”

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