On Friday, the United States intelligence community officially accused Russia of hacking the Democratic National Committee and releasing its private emails to Wikileaks, which published them just before the DNC in July. (Wikileaks also released hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta discussing Clinton’s Gold Sachs speeches.)
The Department of Homeland Security and Director of National Security posted a joint statement on the DNI website. The statement reads in part:
“These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow—the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”
One would imagine that the White House did not take this issue lightly. With the breakdown of the Syrian ceasefire and the establishment of a permanent Russian military base in Syria, a U.S. response to an embolden and increasingly aggressive Russia was inevitable. Putin has been poking and prodding America all throughout this election cycle. That cannot be a coincidence.