I mean this as a serious question.
I spent a number of years as a US Army Counterintelligence Special Agent and my mind still thinks in those terms. On December 9th, The New York Times reported that the RNC was hacked and that the intelligence community has high confidence that Russia was behind it. We are all well aware of last summer’s WikiLeaks reveal of the DNC hack, but as of this writing, there has been no reveal of the RNC hack. Gentle reader, this sounds like a wonderful opportunity for the Russians to engage in blackmail.
Face it, the GOP e-mail has as high a likelihood of containing dirt as their Democratic counterparts did. Republican leaders would surely be loath to see that dirt all over the internet, but what are they willing to do to prevent that? We don’t know, but merely the suspicion of blackmail weakens the party’s legitimacy. How do we know that when Mitch McConnell bucks a congressional effort to investigate the hacks that he is not acting at Moscow’s bidding?
The answer is; we don’t.
There is just one way the RNC can rid itself of this suspicion; release their own e-mails now. Will the public see their dirty laundry? Of course, but the public will also be reassured that the GOP is not under threat of blackmail by Putin. It would also improve the party’s standing with the American people and show that they are truly the party of personal responsibility.
Until such action is taken, however, the dark cloud of suspicion remains. And we all must wonder–is the GOP being blackmailed?
What is equally scary to me is that this question is not being addressed in the media. Why they are ignoring this story is beyond me. But I know that until they pay attention to it, nobody will. This is where we must act. I strongly encourage everyone reading this post to write a letter to the editor of their local newspaper. This is an easy way to thrust the issue in their face and make them notice.
So, please, I urge you, take the time to do this.
By Clayton J. Callahan