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    In an all-too familiar tactic shared by the US political right and left alike, the Democratic Party has blamed the WikiLeaks release of internal emails on Russia. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, however, isn’t convinced.

    Over the weekend, WikiLeaks released a cache of some 20,000 emails from high-ranking members within the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The correspondence has embarrassed party elites, showing an obvious bias against Clinton’s primary opponent Bernie Sanders. The revelations have already forced DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down.

    Rather than discuss the content of the emails, the DNC has instead launched a smear campaign against WikiLeaks, and alleged that the organization received the information from hackers hired by the Russian government.

    These claims were made without any evidence, and few seem convinced. Among the skeptics is NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who points out in a series of tweets that if there was any evidence of Russian involvement, it would be easy to deduce.

    Blaming Russia for various embarrassments has been a favorite Western tactic for decades, but recent months have seen a dramatic uptick in the policy. In the lead-up to last month’s Brexit referendum, former UK Prime Minister David Cameron suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin had a vested interest in the result.

    "It is worth asking the question: who would be happy if we left [the EU]? Putin might be happy. I suspect [Daesh leader] al-Baghdadi would be happy," he said.

    Putin dismissed the allegations.

    "Statements made by the UK prime minister, Mr. Cameron, before this plebiscite, before this referendum, on Russia’s stance, have no basis and never had," the Russian president said. "I believe that this is nothing more than a flawed attempt to influence the public opinion in his own country."

    Western pundits have also attempted to blame Moscow for the rise of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. These claims are based largely on the fact that the billionaire has noted that he respects the Russian president as a leader, and would seek to improve relations between the two countries.

    "It’s no secret that the 'demonization of Russia' and all that is connected with Russia, unfortunately, is an essential feature of the US election campaign," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in March. "We always deeply regret it and wish electoral processes would do without such references to our country."

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has also come under attack for the fresh email leak, criticized for focusing on Democrats. But in an interview with Democracy Now, Assange made clear that he has little appreciation for either major US presidential candidate.

    "Well, you’re asking me, do I prefer cholera or gonorrhea?" he said. "Personally, I would prefer neither."

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    • avatar
      cast235
      Had everyone forgot who ran her nasty wrinkled mouth, when Putin won?
      they all BARKED . Why?
      because Putin resurrected. they want Russia to do as told. GET IT?

      Clinton wanted to run Russia. And TRUMP have great chances of winning. And he could REALLY do something for U.S citizens IF he really wants. I begin by giving pensioners 20% raise, while celebrating the victory.. a GIFT.. Make it retroactive since 2008.
      Then the economy will begin to flourish. BUT he will have to work hard to keep the momentum and use multipliers effectively.
      Well done it would have a positive effect. But you have the old thinkers. They 've no idea how to run that.
      BUT TRUMP is no politician. He a businessman. Roll the dice, do it right and the money tossed in get back multiplied many times over.
      I ran modules and it WORKS. EVERY single paper proved it. BUT I destroyed all ..Oh well.. they can too.
    • Volker_1
      If Clinton wins, the world will see more wars, mayham, corruption, lies, countless deaths
      and bloodshed, rising inequality, economic stranglehold of the world, ect.
      If Trump wins at least it will speed up the decline of the US empire.
    • avatar
      earlw35
      Snowden is right, desperatism at its best with Hillary and the DNC.
    • choticastile
      Assange summed it up in a nutshell!
      "Well, you’re asking me, do I prefer cholera or gonorrhea?" he said. "Personally, I would prefer neither."
      Snowden and Assange --

      "DNC has instead launched a smear campaign against WikiLeaks,"

      Aw, c'mon -- Go for broke! You can do nothing - zilch!! People all over the world love Wikileaks and today's prayers always include a little something grateful for both Wikileaks (Assange) and Snowden!

      Makes one's toes curl with pleasure! As for President Putin, he's already the most famous man in the world -- now it looks like his gonna hit a Century and a Bull's Eye too!
    • avatar
      michael
      the ongoing demonisation (of Russia) is the concern - historically and presently.
    • avatar
      ivanwa88
      Sooner or later the unaccountable becomes accountable then the bullshit stops! thanks to outstanding leaders like Snowden and Assange.

      Lets face it we have been hit with avalanche after avalanche of bullshit one more and we all could easily drown in a river of sh#t.
    • support
      This election's crop of Democrats need no assistance from overseas in hastening their demise. They are perfectly capable of shooting their own feet off on their own.

      Their biggest mistake was not going to the citizenry to ask them what they, the ruled, need and want. Never in American history have the Democrats shown the scale and depth of class warfare-based contempt for the everyday U.S. worker, degreed or blue-collar, as they have during this campaign.
    • avatar
      helena.hi
      The Western establishment is Earth's largest, festering tumor. It should be surgically removed as soon as possible.
    • No Namein reply toVolker_1(Show commentHide comment)
      Volker_1,
      "If Clinton wins, the world will see ..."

      And if Trump wins, will be the same BS. The foreign policy of the USA is the same since the Spanish-Americans wars, no matter who sits in the White-House.
      US politics aren't made in The White-House or State-Department. They are made by the REAL OWNERS of the USA. Just take a look at this, please (they are only 3-4 minutes):
      www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIraCchPDhk
      ...And this: The Rockefellers and the Global Media Censors

      “We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promise of discretion for almost forty years…

      It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government.
      The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto determination practiced in past centuries.”
      __ David Rockefeller, in an address given to Catherine Graham, publisher of The Washington Post and other media luminaries in attendance in Baden, Germany at the June 1991 annual meeting of the world elite Bilderberg Group.
      ––June 5, 1991, Bilderberger meeting in Baden Baden, Germany (a meeting also attended by then-Governor Bill Clinton)www.mega.nu/ampp/bilderberg.html. [Main source: Dr. Dennis Cuddy, A Chronological History of the New World Order (source)

      BILL CLINTON ;-)...
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