I almost posted the following (or a version thereof) to Facebook as I really am interested in what other-minded folks would say. But maybe I’ll start here.
Let’s say that Russia sponsored hackers infiltrated email servers and released DNC and Clinton emails in order to sway the election:
1. It’s not “fake news” as no one has denied the emails and evidence shows they are authentic – so if anything, it has shown the terrible inner workings of the DNC and Clintons. I would expect one could get similar material from within the RNC and various GOP candidates (Trump apparently puts everything on Twitter, so no need to hack him) and maybe the Russians did in fact not release that….yet.
2. Calling for the “immediate declassification” of the information shows an ignorance as to why certain things are classified. Divulging information that leads to comprising our means and methods effectively ends that advantage we have over our adversaries. So Keith Olbermann can STFU.
3. What next? I know I would put a premium on beefing up our national cybersecurity posture – we are far overdue for that. I’d be asking the various agencies involved to provide a status – if they’ve slacked off, then they get to make a get-well plan or get overhauled. And a program-by-program review in each cybersecurity area (and agency) to identify duplication of effort and ineffective or wasteful programs. And if you are truly concerned about it, those that actively work outside said systems (i.e. running government purpose emails with sensitive content – even if not classified – through private email servers) should be held accountable.
But then what? Are people expecting a do-over? or Clinton should win because she, her staff, and the DNC authored emails that embarrassed them to the point of losing voters and turnout? or what? I read all these posts clamoring for investigations, releases of information, etc. but to what end? I’m not saying sweep it under the rug – I’m honestly wondering what we as a country should do.
Or maybe I’ll just pass on Facebook for a while.
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