Echoes of Red Baiting In Democrats’ Conspiracies of Russian Meddling
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FEATURING KEVIN GOSZTOLA – As Wikileaks released private emails from the Democratic National Committee, shedding light on the inner workings of the path to Hillary Clinton’s nomination, US officials have openly declared they think it’s all a Russian plot. An October 7th article in the New York Times, entitled, “U.S. Says Russia Directed Hacks to Influence Elections,” quotes National Intelligence Director James Clapper as saying, “We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”
After Clapper’s accusation, Wikileaks released its latest trove of Clinton campaign correspondence that are centered on emails from her campaign chair John Podesta. Podesta pointedly tweeted in response to the leak, “I’m not happy about being hacked by the Russians in their attempt to throw the election to Donald Trump.”
Are the Wikileaks revelations a Russian plot to help elect Donald Trump in the US? Or are the Democrats blaming a convenient bogeyman, echoing our historical Cold War-era tactics?
Kevin Gosztola, managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, Unauthorized Disclosure.