And how will they react?
Yesterday, The Nation, the most Left of the Left’s major national publications, reported this:
- There was no hack of the Democratic National Committee’s system on July 5 last year—not by the Russians, not by anyone else. Hard science now demonstrates it was a leak—a download executed locally with a memory key or a similarly portable data-storage device. In short, it was an inside job by someone with access to the DNC’s system. This casts serious doubt on the initial “hack,” as alleged, that led to the very consequential publication of a large store of documents on WikiLeaks last summer.
- Forensic investigations of documents made public two weeks prior to the July 5 leak by the person or entity known as Guccifer 2.0 show that they were fraudulent: Before Guccifer posted them they were adulterated by cutting and pasting them into a blank template that had Russian as its default language. Guccifer took responsibility on June 15 for an intrusion the DNC reported on June 14 and professed to be a WikiLeaks source—claims essential to the official narrative implicating Russia in what was soon cast as an extensive hacking operation. To put the point simply, forensic science now devastates this narrative.
“This narrative” has been a cornerstone of the effort, undemocratic and indefensible, to undermine the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s Presidency from the beginning. It was launched as a primary rationalization for Hillary Clinton’s stunning loss, James Comey and a sexist, racist, stupid electorate being the others. As the Nation writes,
“The evolution of public discourse in the year since is worthy of scholarly study: Possibilities became allegations, and these became probabilities. Then the probabilities turned into certainties, and these evolved into what are now taken to be established truths. By my reckoning, it required a few days to a few weeks to advance from each of these stages to the next. This was accomplished via the indefensibly corrupt manipulations of language repeated incessantly in our leading media.”
The Nation’s report, essentially declaring that a major element in the “Russiagate” narrative, the DNC hacks, is fiction, that the intelligence agencies that declared it otherwise are wrong, and that Wikileaks, Russia, Putin and Donald Trump have been correct all along is noteworthy because the publication is no ally of the Republicans or Trump, but their declared intractable foes. This is an ideological publication, squarely in Bernie Sanders’ camp because it is run by Socialists like Bernie. But bias doesn’t necessarily make you stupid. The Nation has been around for a long time because while its analysis is colored by it view of humanity and the world, it has largely avoided the kind of dishonesty and distortion that are slowly destroying the credibility of CNN, Rolling Stone, the New York Times and others. The Nation has strived to maintain its integrity, not always succeeding, but obviously trying. Its staff believes that the truth supports its dedication to socialism, so it does not usually try to hide the truth—unlike the mainstream media reporters, for example, who apparently tried hard to make the troubling episode of Bill Clinton’s meeting with Loretta Lynch go away.
I have no idea if The Nation is right that the DNC hacks weren’t hacks at all, but insider leaks. Intuitively, this has always seemed to me to be a more plausible scenario. The DNC was cheating Bernie supporters, bolstering Clinton’ s lies about her server and enabling the Clinton Foundation’s pay-to-play schemes, while using almost laughably incompetent cyber-security measures. Surely not everyone in the Democratic National Committee was happy to assist in this unethical mess, hypnotized by Hillary, and proudly complicit. Leaks are easier than hacks. Occam’s Razor always suggested that the revelation of this damning evidence didn’t need the Russians. The recent developments involving former DNC chair Debby Wasserman Schultz has done nothing to make Occam look misguided.
Presumably we will find out the truth; I’m putting the Nation’s Ethics Hero award in escrow until we do.
My question is how the Democrats and “the resistance” will react if, in fact, Russia had nothing to do with the exposed DNC e-mails Will they be able to muster the courage, character and integrity to admit that they were wrong? Will the apologize to the President? Will they accept responsibility and be accountable, even as the President tweets taunts and mockery? Will they learn anything? Will they start behaving like citizens of a democracy instead of anarchists and saboteurs?
Can you guess my answers?