So nearly every country employs espionage when dealing with others and works on promoting its own interests through the use of its intelligence and other national resources. That should surprise no one. And it is impossible to know if the WikiLeaks publication of hacked emails changed the outcome of the recent election, though it is clear that it did not help Hillary. The lesson is not that the Russians spied on the United States and covertly assisted a candidate they favored. That should be a given, well understood by people in the White House and elsewhere in the administration. That information is no longer private in an age where electronic intrusion or hacking can be run out of someone’s garage should also be a given. But when aspirants to high office are careless in what they say, when they say it, and how they communicate to associates, there will be consequences.People that grew up in the analog world do not understand the digital world. Result? Stupidity.
Far better to mend our own fences than try to punish the Russians for doing what comes naturally. That would only lead to a tit-for-tat worsening of an already bad relationship.
Moreover, the US has been interfering in election using analog age tools like NGO fronts for a long time, like the state-finance NED, not to mention actual covert operations to remove unwanted persons. The US "outrage" here is both hypocritical and manufactured in the light not only of history but ongoing US covert operations and propaganda abroad. Even if "Russians" did hack the election, it is a false equivalency.
The American Conservative
Did Russia Elect Trump?
Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is executive director of the Council for the National Interest