So, tell me about those DNC hacked emails


Phil Smith has written a handy summary

These particular emails have very little to do with Hillary Clinton but as there is already a Clinton narrative involving emails she will get plastered with it regardless.

The timing is terrible. Conventions are boring events for the media to cover. Endless speeches don’t make good copy, even if the speakers this week are a panoply of superstars in comparison to last week’s Republican line-up of barrow pushers, family, C-list celebrities and self-interested politicians.

The media is desperate for something to write other than ‘X speaker also thinks Hillary is Wonderful’. This leak will be it.

Why did the Clinton camp blame the Russians?Of course the writers of the emails are to blame for their content. So partly it’s a distraction, but it’s also possible. In June we learned that Democrat and GOP systems had been hacked by groups aligned with the Kremlin. So it’s feasible that those hacks are the source of these emails.

But with what motive?

I’m pleased you asked, Mr Bond – it’s to help elect Mr Trump who just last week suggested that he would not help defend NATO allies.

Vladimir Putin is likely salivating at the prospect of a Trump presidency and already dreaming of annexing Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and the Ukraine. The Donald probably could not place them on a map and would not much care to – while Russia has been quite clear it would like them all back in the fold.

And you said these things were boring?

Well, usually the high point is someone interviewing an empty chair. This year has been a news bonanza by comparison.


The really odd thing is the way media deal with these emails.  When they are hacked from the Right, it is published as investigative journalism (Whaleoil, Panama Papers).  But when they are hacked from the Left, it is primarily treated as crime.

Right now the Left and the media are trying very hard to focus the story on the nasty Russians who hacked the emails.  Had these emails come from the Trump campaign, the focus would have been squarely on the emails and not a peep about the criminal hacking.


– Phil Smith, RNZ

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