Last Friday, the American intelligence agencies announced that they had ‘high confidence’ that Russia had hacked the Democrat computer system and released embarrassing information in order to promote Donald Trump’s campaign.
There is nothing new in the accusation – Reuters was reporting it back in July – but what is quite interesting is Trump’s team’s reaction to the story.
Trump himself tweeted today; ‘Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!’ Well yes it would Donald except that said conspiracy theory would be believed by you and your Trump-pets.
But then it gets even more confusing. Yesterday, John Bolton, the man tipped to be named as Trump’s deputy secretary of state said: ‘It is not at all clear to me, just viewing this from the outside, that this hacking into the DNC and the RNC computers was not a false flag operation.’
In other words, this conspiracy which doesn’t exist but if it does exist then it was carried out by American intelligence in order to undermine Trump by undermining Clinton. You can see how that would make sense.
Like me, Bolton is viewing this from outside so how on earth can he even begin to intimate that it was a false flag operation? Unless it was to stir up the mud at the bottom of the pond to muddy the waters and give Trump supporters a credible conspiracy theory to explain the conspiracy theory that they don’t subscribe to.
Whatever the reality, I agree with John McCain, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, when he said that the CIA’s report ‘should alarm every American’. And all other Western democracies I would add.