America’s United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley asserted on Thursday that Russia’s “interference” with the US 2016 presidential election was “warfare.”
Haley says Russian theft of DNC emails and subsequent WikiLeaks publication was a “misinformation” campaign against Hillary Clinton. Haley asserts that the Russians are doing similar campaigns everywhere in the world, and that negative advertising online is their “new weapon of choice.”
Democrats believe that Russians shared emails with Wikileaks that harmed Clinton’s reputation. Firstly, that hardly qualifies as a “misinformation campaign,” even if it wasn’t an internal leak. Secondly, Clinton has nobody to blame for her loss but herself.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Haley emphasized Russia conducts such operations around the world, not just against the United States. “They are doing this everywhere,” she said. “This is their new weapon of choice.”
She made those remarks during a panel hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, flanked by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
Haley and her Bush and Clinton administration forebearers focused on a unifying theme of “the spirit of liberty” and the various threats confronting the United States. Though they agreed on much, there were signs of the discontent past Republican and Democratic foreign policy leaders have with the current team’s trajectory.
“I will say that I hope we are on top of what really happened to us, that we’re really investigating it in ways that bring all of our tools — including what people in places like Google and Facebook will know about how this is done,” Rice, who served under George W. Bush and lobbied successfully for Trump to appoint Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, told Haley.
“And then we’ve got to fix it, because my own view is that if they do this to us once, it’s their fault, if they do this to us twice, it’s ours.”
Rice and Haley are right that the U.S. should focus on preventing foreign countries from interfering with party national committees, though there is plenty of evidence that the “hack” on the DNC was an internal leak.
Haley’s agreement with Rice is a way to respond to critics of Russian sanctions. “I find it fascinating because the Russians, God bless them,” Haley said. “they’re saying, ‘Why are Americans anti-Russian?'” she said. “And why have we done the sanctions? Well, don’t interfere in our elections and we won’t be anti-Russian.”
Hailey says that Russia deserves scrutiny for its actions, and the U.S. is now doing everything in its power to prevent any similar action in the future.
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President Donald Trump, meanwhile, maintains that he had nothing to do with any probe by the Kremlin on the DNC. He says Democrats are using the notion of Russian interference on the campaigns as an excuse for Clinton’s loss.
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