Russia’s 2016 election meddling: as it happened

I knew something was wrong while watching the Republican primaries. Russia’s interference in the US election began before the hacked emails of John Podesta and the DNC came to light. Following is a combination of news stories and blog posts covering the historic events of 2016, as they happened.

January 10, 2016
Blog: Donald Trump as a post-loyalty candidate
(He stuck out like a sore thumb to me from early in the campaign because of his vagueness about everything but Russia.)


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  (This is the first story for Fairfax from June 15, 2016. I had this written and I sat on it for weeks because I wanted to be sure that I understood the situation correctly.)

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?
(Talks about the way the DNCHack emails were being used.)

July 26, 2016
Fairfax: DNC leak: Russia better at information war now than during Cold War
(This story addresses the enormous vulnerability to the US created not just by the internet but by decades of globalization. I was basically mapping out what hadn’t yet been said in this area, stating what I saw as obvious. )

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
(I read the RAND report on Russian information war ‘Firehose of Falsehoods’ and realized that the pattern matched almost exactly the pattern of US campaign news we were picking up at The Age. I wrote and published it in August and then after being mentioned in an editors’ conference in October, it was published again and got a wider readership. Basically, more of the public was aware by then that something was wrong.)

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 (Putting Shadow Brokers hacks in context of election, takes in Snowden, Wikileaks and Russia. )

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  (This story is important because the source had been actively communicating with the shadowy people running the bot networks during primaries.)

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?
(A little bit of aftermath here.)

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