Everything I suspected about Wikileaks when I published this post in 2016 was correct. Wikileaks was part of a psychological attack that changed the outcome of the 2016 election and continues to damage and divide our country. As we enter the 2020 election cycle, this 2016 analysis from the Brookings Institution is even more relevant.
The Russian weapon is information. Our national values require that we not suppress information in the press, whatever its provenance. The solution is to fight fire with fire: our defense is more information. Brookings Institution
The work of destroying the first woman nominee for President requires an assault on reality. So, the party of patriotism and personal accountability is colluding with or using the strategies of a Russian President who is no friend to the United States.
From the Brookings Institution:
There is significant evidence that individuals acting at the direction of or on the behalf of Russia—the degree of coordination is unclear—are attempting to use organizational doxing to influence the United States presidential election. As Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith noted, this raises a number of scary questions regarding preserving the integrity of U.S. election results. It is not entirely clear what is motivating the DNC document dumps or the apparent targeting of Hillary Clinton; some speculate the aim is to benefit Donald Trump, though a plausible goal might simply be to insert a degree of chaos into U.S. politics. Understanding the ultimate goal of the hack and leaks, however, is not all that important to deciding how exactly we should respond. What is critical to mitigating the harm is sufficiently strong public attribution.
This means, put simply, that actors outside the U.S. are using criminal means to influence the outcome of a U.S. election. That’s a problem. The Brookings Institution
Yesterday I played a game to see how far this goes.
I Google ‘Wikileaks Bombshell Reveals Hillary Clinton ______ ” and fill in the blank with random crimes to see how many hits I’d get.
Below are screenshots from right-wing websites; some of them look like legitimate media outlets.
No claim is too extreme.
Play the game for yourself.
Just go to Google and type Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals Hillary Clinton______ and fill in the blank with anything.
(c) Rob Goldstein 2016, All screenshots for this post found on right-wing disinformation sites.