Additionally, Russian intelligence targeted voter rolls in all 50 states, which is not thought to have had consequences, but demonstrated the reach and ambition of online interference.
This weekend, British investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr said on Twitter, “We failed to acknowledge Russia had staged a military attack on the West.
As she notes, Putin’s minions were not only directing their attention to the United States, and included pro-Brexit efforts and support for France’s far-right racist National Front party.
In discrediting the news stories and attacking critics of the Russian government, they provided crucial cover for Trump.
Our nation is being torn apart; truth is questioned; our highly professional expert career Foreign Service is being undermined.
What’s striking in retrospect is that all of this was made possible by corruption and amorality inside the United States.
They have become willing collaborators in an attempt to sabotage free and fair elections, the rule of law, and truth itself. »