Within the last month, every intelligence agency in the U.S. federal government, including the CIA and the FBI, has concluded that the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin ordered his spies to attack the United States of America by stealing private information about both Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party and Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Putin’s Russian spies then used that information in order to throw the presidential election to Donald Trump. Information stolen from the Democrats was used to sabotage the Hillary Clinton campaign, while information stolen from the Republicans is still being kept by the Russians, perhaps to use to discredit Donald Trump, or to blackmail him.
When asked about these Russian attacks against the USA, Republican Congressman Trent Franks first cast doubt upon them. Then, Franks celebrated the attacks against the USA, saying, “If they succeeded, if Russia succeeded in giving the American people information that was accurate, then they merely did what the media should have done.”
Breaking in to private computer accounts in order to steal information which is then deployed for partisan political purposes is not something that journalists routinely do. It’s a crime. For a foreign government to engage in such an act in order to interfere with America’s democratic elections is considered by many to be an act of war.