Despite Trump’s rants about a conspiracy to set him up as a sexual predator, it’s beginning to look like he’s the one conspiring. Several news sites have already noted that he seemed to have prior knowledge of email leaks at the second debate. And he even publicly supported the efforts of foreign hackers when the first batch of stolen emails was released. The question is whether or not Trump is party to efforts to destabilize the American political system or simply a unwitting accomplice whose chances at victory are fading only weeks away from the November election.
But when it comes to the intentions of Wikileaks, the group behind the recent leaks of illegally hacked emails of Clinton staffers, things are becoming a bit more clear. Friday night, after the US had promised to retaliate for any of the hacks that could be traced back to Russia, they posted this to their Twitter account:
The comment could have simply been the fallout of an already tense relationship with the US government. But it seems to suggest not that the US shouldn’t do anything, or that the Russians are not responsible, but simply that the US lacks the ability to do anything about it. Almost as if they’re trying to quell fears amid Russian hackers that they will be held responsible for their actions.
If we want to know what it is that Wikileaks intends to do through there actions we only have to look at comments made by their founder Julian Assange back in 2006. At the time Wikileaks was just forming and Assange explained what he was hoping to achieve on his personal blog:
[Leaks] must result in minimization of efficient internal communications mechanisms (an increase in cognitive ‘secrecy tax’) and consequent system-wide cognitive decline resulting in decreased ability to hold onto power as the environment demands adaptation.
He described what he was hoping to produce as an “organisational stupor” that would destabilize political power in the United States. Combine this with the fact that the US government has now stated publicly that the hacks are coming from Russia and a motive seems to be clear. Russia is unhappy with the US’s involvement in their latest empire building efforts and Donald Trump would not only be more sympathetic to their cause but would likely leave the US in a more unstable economic situation.
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