Trump is rumored to pick ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Tillerson has build up quite a few international connections over the years--most notably with Russia, who gave him the "Order of Friendship" medal in 2013 for his partnership with Russia's state owned oil company, a partnership that was subsequently dissolved due to the Crimean sanctions.
It's fascinating watching WAPO's comment section slowly but surely turn into Breitbart's. "The President-elect's committed treason!" "It's a conspiracy!" "Russia is our enemy!" It's like this bizarre rule that everyone now has to swap seats in the comments now that the letter next to the president's name is switching.
So what say you guys on this news?
I thought Russia(ns) hacking the DNC was pretty common knowledge at this point. I still find it odd that that was the defense to the content of the emails, as if they are suddenly void because they were gained through realpolitik means. I also think the CIA's really stupid for not elaborating on how they know the RNC was also hacked--especially considering WAPO quoted one intelligence official as saying they weren't.
I think that will always be more important than people in your own country trying to rig an election.
I disagree. Airing dirty laundry can be overcome through PR means, not having dirty laundry to begin with, or proper security measures. Ballot stuffing and other actual rigging cannot. The people who can do lasting damage to an election are not the ones sitting in some Russian apartment eating SVR rations, they're the ones taking the ballots out of the boxes to count them.
As Stalin famously said:
"I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this -- who will count the votes, and how."