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Did Vlad hack the election for Trump? For the Post, the case is closed. Photo credit: WikiCommons.

I’m not sure this is a nationwide trend but my local porn shop has a diversified offering of materials that extends to bed wear, accessories, and bongs. I mention this because this is roughly akin to the nature of the online hacking community worldwide and particularly the English-language scene, complete with overgrown teen geeks. As Dave Chapelle so brilliantly showed us all a little over a decade ago, the internet is a gaudy shopping center and many hackers are window shopping denizens who have strange social habits.

The uproar these past few weeks about the Russkies hacking the election is concerning due to the obvious familiarity in tone for anyone who lived through the Cold War. As an observer of the English-language hacker community for years, it astounds me that a parade of tech nerds is not marching en masse upon the studios of CNN to talk some sense into these and other media sensationalists.

We still don’t know exactly what happened with John Podesta’s emails, but it’s clear that whatever the case Hillary’s campaign manager (and would-be “Climate Czar”) was the world’s most careless yutz when it came to Internet security.

Then there’s the fact that the DNC’s voter file contained a bug that allowed a Bernie Sanders campaign staffer to briefly browse through some of Clinton’s files, a small drama called alternatively Datagate or the NGP-VAN fiasco. That episode alone, which hilariously demonstrated just what a vindictive control freak Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is, should raise serious doubts about about the ongoing Russia hacking hysteria. You could also look at the multi-part report by Doug Johnson Hatlem in Counterpunch.

The point is that the Democratic machine was one that any high school nerd with a laptop could have violated in an easy fashion. That these people had a wide open doorway for anyone to access was all over the news for more than a year.

However, when one gets into the actual materials, there are very few signs or hints that any hacking was actually done. The hacker community is loaded with people with gaudy exhibitionist tastes. If this was hacking there would likely be clues left indicating that, much like lewd graffiti etched across the wall of a video booth: “Ha-ha! I was here!” Hackers are show-offs by default due to a mixture of arrested development and cultural habit.

(This of course has little bearing on the newly disclosed Donald Trump “Golden Showers” memos, which were not hacked but are highly dubious and will be discussed soon elsewhere on this site.)

What we have here, in my opinion, are two different types of materials. The Podesta emails were apparently downloaded with ease from an account that was not well protected. The rest of the materials were leaked from inside the DNC, perhaps as revenge for the DNC stacking the deck against Bernie Sanders.

The obvious question, then, is why blame the Russians? That of course is easy to explain when one looks at the released material.

In one email, containing Clinton’s speeches given to Wall Street, she quite openly said in no uncertain terms she would begin to privatize Social Security if elected. In another, the DNC discussed promoting Donald Trump as a “pied piper candidate” who its pet candidate, Hillary Clinton, would have an easier time defeating than more moderate Republicans. In still other emails she received advice from her favorite henchman, Sidney Blumenthal, about the disastrous situation in Libya, in which Blumenthal’s counsel clearly was not entirely altruistic.

In other words, the released materials make Clinton look as awful as she really is. Sounds like a great reason to start a new Cold War if you ask me!

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