The only surprise for me is why the US media didn’t cover it more closely. But I have some good ideas about why they didn’t.
May 3, 2016
Blog: Donald Trump as a Manchurian Candidate (…sort of) for Russia
June 15, 2016
Fairfax: Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin: Russia’s information war meets the US election
June 22, 2016
Blog: Russia’s US election hacking / information war campaign
June 24, 2016
Fairfax: DNCHack: Did Kim Dotcom warn the world about the Democratic Party hacking?
July 26, 2016
Fairfax: DNC leak: Russia better at information war now than during Cold War
July 24, 2016
Blog: The first US election fought in cyberspace
August 1, 2016
Blog: DNCLeaks justified because, well, I can’t vote in US: Julian Assange
August 9, 2016 (Republished October 13, 2016)
Fairfax: Donald Trump campaign’s ‘firehose of falsehoods’ has parallels with Russian propaganda
August 11, 2016
Fairfax: DNCLeak: Five times WikiLeaks and Russia have crossed paths
August 14, 2016
Blog: For Russia’s social media propaganda, change is everything
August 19. 2016
Fairfax: Shadow Brokers NSA leak: this too could be a form of Russian propaganda, says expert
August 25, 2016
Blog: Information war and propaganda: a brute force attack on reality
September 7, 2016
Blog: Russian influence and Shadow Brokers’ message ‘to elites’
September 9, 2016
Fairfax: Who controls our news? Welcome to the era of Russian and Chinese information war
September 14, 2016
Fairfax: WikiLeaks drops latest Guccifer 2.0 data on Hillary Clinton, DNC, Democrats
September 16, 2016
Blog: Isn’t Russia’s meddling in the US election a ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’?
October 14, 2016
Fairfax: If Donald Trump scares you, you should fight for facts everywhere
October 14, 2016
Blog: DNCHack is the ‘most significant’ of any cyber attack ever seen: Thomas Rid
October 19, 2016
Fairfax: Twitter bots: Donald Trump ‘has rabies’ – and it’s something we should all care about
October 26, 2016
Fairfax: SurkovLeaks: Is Vladimir Putin aide’s email hack payback for DNCLeak-Clinton exposure?
November 25, 2016
Fairfax: Why was I blocked by WikiLeaks on Twitter?
To understand Russia’s disinformation operations and political influence efforts, you must understand their patience for these matters.
Former Foreign Service Officer Dennis Kux, in 1985, writing on Soviet active measures:
“Moscow takes an extremely long-term view of these operations. The Soviets do not
necessarily seek immediate gains and are not looking for a major from every effort. They are satisfied that the cumulative effect of periodic successes outweighs failures and misfires and makes their considerable investment of people and money worthwhile.”
In the modern time, it potentially explains the patience around US election meddling – years in the making – and the cultivation of the image of Edward Snowden.
Kux also appears in the video below: