Last week, the US ramped up its accusations that the Kremlin was behind the cyber penetrations of the Democratic National Committee. Those allegations came as a direct response to the release of 20,000 new emails via Wikileaks (documents that Guccifer 2.0 promised during his first two releases). A secondary response has been for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to come out as a Guccifer 2.0 fanboy.
The damning documents taken from the DNC reveal in-party collusion and electioneering to guarantee that Hillary Clinton received the nomination. According to the leaked documents, the media also had a large part to play in downplaying Sander’s bid for the candidacy.
Election rigging, it seems, is now an accepted US norm, and despite Guccifer 2.0’s efforts, Clinton continues her march on to the establishment’s favored outcome.
DNC Primaries Fraud?
Election Justice USA (EJU), a national non-partisan team of election integrity experts, attorneys of law, statisticians, and journalists, has released a 100-page document that details evidence proving the Primaries were stacked in Clinton’s favor.
According to that report, in Alabama where Clinton beat Sanders by a landslide Clinton did much better in areas that had an easily hackable vote counting machine. Three of Alabama’s biggest counties – Jefferson, Mobile, and Montgomery – used that easily hackable vote counter and according to EJU,
‘Clinton won by a 64.2% spread in Jefferson, by 66.5% in Mobile and a stunning 73.4% in Montgomery.’
In Madison, on the other hand, another large county with incredibly similar demographics – easily hackable machines were not used – and the results were completely different. Clinton only won by 38%. Thirty points lower than in Alabama counties that employed easily hackable vote counters!
Again and Again
It is not just in Alabama, either. The EJU report states that the evidence was the same in state after state. On top of that, exit polls were miles off during the Democratic Primaries. Whereas for the Republican party they were almost bang on,
‘This is remarkable, as the exit polls for both parties were conducted on the same day, in the same precincts, with the same interviewers, and used the same methodologies.’
According to the same report, Arizona may have experienced voter suppression on a level never encountered before in US history. Despite those damning accusations, Clinton’s use of private servers to illegally handle government intelligence, and the new Wikileaks emails – the DNC convention concluded without a hitch. With Clinton still leading the race with the bookies to become the next President.
No matter how much evidence is released, it would appear, neither the FBI nor the US mainstream media have the will or power to stop her illegal march to victory.
Trump Encourages Russian Hacker
Following the new Wikileaks data dump, Trump somewhat haphazardly called for the Russian government to hack Clinton again. Asking them to release the 30 000 missing Clinton emails if it has access to them.
‘Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,’ Trump said last Wednesday.
Those deleted emails from Clinton’s private server, are believed to have been scrubbed because they contained the most incriminating details of her personal communiques. Paul Roderick Gregory puts it like this;
‘Few seem to understand that the 30,000 electronically-scrubbed “private” emails are the Holy Grail of foreign cyber attackers. Hillary Clinton, it appears, will suffer no legal consequences from destroying this massive trove of evidence, but she will pay dearly if it is in the hands of hostile foreign governments, most notably of Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin.’
One can only hope that Putin does indeed have those emails and that he is sitting on them to drip feed them to the US media as the election unfolds. Although, perhaps terrifyingly, that would likely give the Presidency to Trump. Handing the Kremlin their favored candidate in the process.
Just another day in the office?
The US government has admitted that the cyber attack may also have been part of routine surveillance operations of the kind that the US regularly engages in. Rather than a concentrated attempt to influence the presidential race. A confession that appears to be a nod in the Kremlin’s direction – from the Obama administration at least.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied Russia’s involvement in the mischievous cyber activities. Trump, however, has apparently already made up his mind. Guccifer 2.0 works for Putin; who is attempting to lend him a hand in the presidential race.
Trump’s honest (if not a little short-sighted) appeal for the Russians to help him further by finding the missing 30 000 emails – although understandable on some levels – is political tittle tattle that reveals an inability on Trump’s part to properly handle international relations. A glaring weakness that is hard to reconcile with the possibility of him being President.
Over the last couple of years, Trump has made many comments that reveal a rather different political will than that of his two predecessors (and main opposition in the form of Clinton). With Trump at the helm, Russia, and the US would become much warmer towards each other; a political alteration that undoubtedly plays into Putin’s hands.
Trump and Putin’s “special relationship.”
At last month’s St. Petersburg Economic Forum, Putin expressed his wish for the US to accept responsibility for unnecessary levels of aggression in its foreign policy. He also called for the US to quit destabilizing the middle east for its selfish gains.
Talking about Trump, Putin said he thinks he is a ‘colourful candidate.’ Though he said it with an unmistakable grin on his face, (which made the onlooking crowd laugh). He then followed that statement up by answering Fareed Zakaria’s question,
‘What I did note, and what I most certainly welcome, is that Mr. Trump said he wants to restore relations with Russia. What’s bad about that? We all welcome this.’
Trump then, undoubtedly sees eye-to-eye with Putin more than Clinton: Especially because Putin still blames Clinton for inciting protests in Russia after their 2011 elections. At that time, the Secretary of State said that the Russian elections had been rigged, causing demonstrations in Moscow and elsewhere. This has led some people to question whether the DNC hack is Putin’s revenge.
On Sunday, Clinton finally lashed out at Trump’s remarks,
‘We know that Russian intelligence services hacked into the DNC, and we know that they arranged for a lot of those emails to be released and we know that Donald Trump has shown a very troubling willingness to back up Putin, to support Putin.
For Trump to both encourage that and to praise Putin despite what appears to be a deliberate effort to try to affect the election I think raises national security issues.’
CIA Director Leon Panetta also called into question Trump’s loyalties. While Brian Fallon, national press secretary for Hillary for America, said,
‘It was certainly unprecedented in the history of American politics to see a major party presidential nominee engage in that type of rhetoric, openly suggesting that espionage be conducted against any US interest.’
While it does seem terribly shortsighted of Trump to have publicly said what he did, one can’t help but feel that Clinton calling Trump a traitor – after she rigged the Primaries – is a little too difficult to take seriously. What seems obvious is that Trump and Putin have a better potential for a more productive relationship. At least that is the current rhetoric being spoon fed to the US electorate. In October of last year, Trump told CBS,
‘As far as [Putin] attacking ISIS, I’m all for it. If he wants to be bombing the hell out of ISIS, which he is starting to do, if he wants to be bombing ISIS, let him bomb them! I think we probably work together more so than right now.’
Trump vs Clinton
With that in mind, despite all the party trickery and star-status shenanigans currently involved in the race. Deep down there appears to be a much more apparent rationale for voting one way or the other.
In Hillary Clinton, you have the inevitability of continuity. She represents a perpetuation of the present political direction, including a continuity of the current offensive strategy and its neo-liberal – corporately driven style of Empire building.
Trump, on the other hand, is portrayed as the opposite. As someone who will work with the Kremlin to stop the wars that are forcing refugees onto US soil. This would likely mean an end to the levels of US militarism that we have become accustomed to under Bush and Obama.
In that ‘America First’ model, the US would take some time out to reconfigure the economy, which is currently severely broken due to the decline of the petrodollar.
The big question on everyone’s mind, however, is whether Putin really wants to have a sudden coming together of powers. Or, whether Trump could be falling into a cleverly laid Russian trap? Or, is the US suddenly going to be a stronger Russian ally, because of backroom deals? These questions do seem important.
Trump has laughed off allegations that the DNC hack was orchestrated by his campaign. The political rhetoric coming out of Trump’s mouth, however, seems to stand in stark contrast to those rebuttals.
More of the same? Or the risky gamble?
The problem that the US electorate appears to have, then, is that whereas Clinton would likely continue with policies that are clearly failing. Trump is an unknown gamble that could gift horse Russia an unprecedented power-grab on the world stage, not encountered since before the collapse of the Soviet Union.
What we do know, is that on the 9th day of the 11th month the votes will have been counted, and the world will find out just what the US’ decision is. A proven fraud who rigged the primaries? And who Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange believes helped arm dangerous militant groups,
‘Weapons flows going over to Syria, being pushed by Hillary Clinton, into jihadists within Syria, including ISIS, that’s there in those emails.’
Or the Trump card? A risky gamble in the form of a quick-mouthed – brutish – and made for TV figurehead. Who promises to roll back US adventurism; in favor of warming relations with a more firmly positioned Russia than the world has seen in ages.
A gamble that could see the US led by an ineffective President, devoid of real power, and opposed from within by the US military industrial complex. Welcome to the American Nightmare.