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Paul Manafort, Donald’s campaign manager who’s closely linked to Russian oligarchs (who are, in turn, closely linked to Vladimir Putin), has made it official in an interview with CBS This Morning: Donald’s not going to release his taxes. He’s “under audit.”
So Donald’s gambling that the public reaction to a presidential candidate refusing to release his taxes won’t be anywhere near as bad as their reaction to what’s actually in them. Good to know.
CBS’s Norah O’Donnell asked Manafort: “So to be clear, Mr. Trump has no financial relationships with any Russian oligarchs?”
Manafort responded, “That’s what he said, that’s what I said. That’s obviously what our position is.” (Notice he’s not actually saying it’s wrong.)
So he couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the Watergate-style hack into the DNC and the release of their private emails!
But here’s what Donald’s son said in 2008, according to the Washington Post.
“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008, according to an account posted on the website of eTurboNews, a trade publication. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
So he doesn’t necessarily have investments in Russia — the oligarchs are invested in him.
It was hard to see the perniciousness of this attack at first, especially given how news media initially covered the story. The Russians, after all, didn’t knock out a power grid. And when the stolen information arrived, it was dressed in the ideology of WikiLeaks, which presents its exploits as possessing a kind of journalistic bravery the traditional media lacks.
This is trespassing, it’s thievery, it’s a breathtaking transgression of privacy.
But this document dump wasn’t a high-minded act of transparency. To state the obvious, only one political party has been exposed. (Selectively exposed: Many emails were culled from the abridged dump.) And it’s not really even the inner workings of the Democrats that have been revealed; the documents don’t suggest new layers of corruption or detail any new conspiracies. They’re something closer to the embarrassing emails that fly across every office in America—griping, the testing of stupid ideas, the banal musings that take place in private correspondence. The emails don’t get us much beyond a fact every sentient political observer could already see: Officials at the DNC, hired to work hand in glove with a seemingly inevitable nominee, were actively making life easier for Hillary Clinton. It didn’t take these leaks to understand that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a hack and that the DNC should be far more neutral in presidential primaries.
What’s galling about the WikiLeaks dump is the way in which the organization has blurred the distinction between leaks and hacks. Leaks are an important tool of journalism and accountability. When an insider uncovers malfeasance, he brings information to the public in order to stop the wrongdoing. That’s not what happened here. The better analogy for these hacks is Watergate. To help win an election, the Russians broke into the virtual headquarters of the Democratic Party. The hackers installed the cyber-version of the bugging equipment that Nixon’s goons used—sitting on the DNC computers for a year, eavesdropping on everything, collecting as many scraps as possible. This is trespassing, it’s thievery, it’s a breathtaking transgression of privacy. It falls into that classic genre, the dirty trick. Yet that term feels too innocent to describe the offense. Nixon’s dirty tricksters didn’t mindlessly expose the private data of low-level staff.
WASHINGTON — The plot seems ripped from the pages of a post-Cold War espionage thriller: Russian spy services hack into the Democratic Party’s computers, pilfer reams of data and then leak damaging emails in the hopes of helping elect a preferred presidential candidate. Yet that is exactly the allegation the FBI confirmed Monday it is investigating.… Continue Reading →
After the DNC hacked emails made its way to Wikileaks there have been many security experts who have said it was the Russian government who is responsible for the hacks. Josh Meyer, of NBC News has an extensive report on this called “Why Experts Are Sure Russia Hacked the DNC Emails” During yesterday’s Special Report With… Continue Reading →
Bill Clinton’s speech (here’s the transcript):
Now, how does this square? How does this square with the things that you heard at the Republican Convention? What’s the difference in what I told you and what they said? How do you square it? You can’t. One is real, the other is made up. And you just have to decide which is which, my fellow Americans.
The real one had done more positive change-making by the time she was 30 than many public officials do in a lifetime in office. The real one, if you saw her friend Betsy Ebeling vote for Illinois today, has friends from childhood through Arkansas, where she has not lived in more than 20 years, who have gone all across America at their own expense to fight for the person they know. The real one, has earned the loyalty, the respect, and the fervent support of people who have worked with her in every stage of her life. Including leaders around the world who know her to be able, straightforward, and completely trustworthy. The real one calls you when you’re sick, when your kid’s in trouble, or when there’s a death in the family. The real one repeatedly drew praise from Republicans when she was a senator and Secretary of State. So what’s up with this? Well, if you win elections on the theory that government is always bad and will mess up a two car parade, a real change-maker represents a real threat.
So, your only option is to create a cartoon alternative. Everybody gets the cartoon. Cartoons are two dimensional, they’re easy to absorb. Life in the real world is complicated and real change is hard, and a lot of people even think it’s boring. Good for you. Because earlier today, you nominated the real one.
I don’t know Hillary Clinton, but I know quite a few people who do. And without exception, this is the Hillary they describe. As a result, the people who do know her are fervently loyal and protective. I don’t think they’re crazy.
And you pull a gun. Woo hoo, Second Amendment! It’s always important to have gun handy to resolve life’s little irritations.
Don’t tell me Philly isn’t the best city in the world:
Most authentic Philly moment of the #DNC2016, Apparently Sean Hannity showed up at the Wawa on Walnut Street, and was booed out of the store
— George Armistead (@ChArmistead) July 26, 2016