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Friday, November 11, 2016

Donald Trump and Russia- nobody is investigating?

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin appear to be two ambitious sides of the same narcissistic coin, except Trump wears more hair.

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Russian President Putin (right) who was a former KGB agent in Germany, supports  the  evil Syrian leader Assad (in photo)- but he and Donald Trump appear to be headed for an alliance.

In my opinion, the most dangerous component of the Trump leadership plan is his apparent willingness to become cozy with Vladimir Putin. Obviously, Donald Trump doesn't understand how Vladimir Putin was a professional KGB spy who made his living by infiltrating Americn intelligence. You can't teach two old dogs new tricks. Trump wants to build a "Trump Tower" in Moscow and Putin still wants to infiltrate American intelligence.

The Hill reports: 
Americans can't  simply forget about how Putin, Russia and "Wikileaks" helped Donald Trump. Who paid "Widileaks"?  "Follow the money", is the famous quote by "deep throat".

Washington DC:  In the excitement — some might say panic — surrounding Donald Trump's upset election victory, many people are forgetting what helped propel him there.

In addition to an Electoral College system that Trump had previously criticized, an inept FBI, and a poorly executed campaign by the Democrats, there was, of course, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks (who paid this man to feed Americans mis-information?)

Strangely enough, despite being obsessed with Hillary Clinton's emails, the television news media (including NBC Andrea Mitchell) is somehow not obsessed with the hacking of emails and the threats against our cybersecurity.

Think about this: Here we have an agency bent on anarchy, fueled by Russian hackers who are very possibly supported by the Russian government, and the story is getting hardly any coverage whatsoever.

As reported in The Washington Post, Donal Trump and a number of his right wing surrogates have had extensive business dealings in Russia. 

In 2007, Trump said that "Russia is one of the hottest places in the world for investment." His son, Donald Trump Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008 that "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets," adding, "we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia."

Trump repeatedly tried to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, though deals there consistently fell through. He also hosted his 2013 Miss Universe contest in the city, inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin as an honored guest. Putin canceled at the last moment, but was thoughtful enough to send a gift along with his regrets.

Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, also had extensive ties to Russia through his work in Ukraine. A recently unearthed ledger found his name listed alongside large cash payments.

And, of course, Assange, that anti-Clinton cyber-terrorist who may have been Trump's second-best ally (after FBI Director James Comey), had his own Russian TV show not too long ago.

Meanwhile, Interfax is reporting that the Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, has stated that the Russian government was in contact with the Trump campaign throughout the election.

And so we have a story here that plays like a James Bond movie — Russian oligarchs; a smart, but immoral anarchist bent on destroying the U.S. government in Assange; a president-elect with suspicious business ties; Russian hackers; and a Russian dictator who literally even looks like a Bond villain.

Yet, there's no massive news story here?  Why not?

After all, WikiLeaks is a true threat to our democracy, our way of life, our intelligence agencies, and our Departments of State and Defense.

Is the fact that they hacked into Democratic Party emails and effectively disrupted an American election not worthy of coverage?

Should we not be increasing efforts to capture Assange?

I understand that there's an innate media bias here. After all, WikiLeaks dumps are often a treasure trove of information that can be used to hype up scandals, real and fake ones alike.

But is there not a great irony in the media utilizing the stolen documents of Assange's anarchist outfit to "shed light" on things while simultaneously failing to do anything to shed light on WikiLeaks, its Russian connections, and the aid each gave to Trump?

Wouldn't any decent standard of journalism dictate that there's a major story here?

Is our news media the Fourth Estate or the Fourth Restate, to be used as megaphones for those that would seek to do us harm without questioning the motives of such malevolent actors?

We were already facing persistent cyber threats from the Chinese and North Korean governments, as well as from extremist Muslim groups and others.

Now the U.S. has chosen a man for president whose business dealings and beliefs are still the subject of much speculation, especially since he never released his tax returns. A cyber-terrorist organization, aided by Russian hackers, helped that man get elected.

As Donald Trump might say, this could be bigger than Watergate.

Why isn't there more being done to see if it is?

Rosenfeld is an educator and historian who has done work for Scribner, Macmillan and Newsweek and contributes frequently to The Hill.



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