Wikileaks, Propaganda, and Hacking: Russia Continues To Influence American Politics

J. Carlisle Larsen

Aaron Retish

Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin has been in the news for months. But this week, that discussion was amplified when Trump apparently referenced a piece of false information at one of his rallies. Experts say he could only have received that information from the Kremlin’s propaganda arm.

At the same time, Wikileaks released more emails this week connected to Hillary Clinton and her campaign. It appears the leak may have connections to Russia.

What do these incidents say about Trump’s connections to Russia? How concerned should voters be about the content of these emails, as well as the appearance that Russia continues to meddle in our political process?

This is just kind of part of [Russia’s] plans, of disrupting opponents’ elections even, which is what they did in Ukraine,” says Retish, ”but also just kind of causing mayhem as part of their modus operandi.”

Will they actually hack into an electoral system? I think there’s concern and then there’s reality,” he continues. ”I don’t think that they’re going to disrupt the election.”

To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.

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