Hacking the Election


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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, on March 26, 2014. Siemens AG CEO Joe Kaeser told today Putin the German industrial giant plans long-term investment in Russia, in a key sign of confidence in Russia’s economy despite the outcry over its intervention in Crimea. AFP PHOTO / RIA-NOVOSTI /POOL/ MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEVMIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images

Ivan Jimenez, News Editor


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Their communist ideology threatened the foundations of American capitalism, they strove to beat us in the Space Race, and now, they’ve allegedly hacked the 2016 Presidential Election.


Or have they?


A recent CIA report found that “Russian president, Vladimir Putin, ordered an ‘influence campaign’ aimed at hurting Hillary Clinton and helping Donald Trump in the 2016 election.”


“The campaign — which consisted of hacking Democratic groups and individuals, including Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and releasing that information via third-party websites, including WikiLeaks — amounted to what the intelligence report called ‘a significant escalation’ in longtime Russian efforts to undermine ‘the US-led liberal democratic order,” reported CNN.


And the hacking doesn’t stop there.


FBI director, James Comey, testified in a Senate hearing that Russian hackers had infiltrated the Republican National Committee’s computer records. However, he called the hackings a “limited penetration of old R.N.C.” computer systems which were “no longer in use,” wrote CNN.


In other words, Russian hackers hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems. Because those systems were relatively outdated, however, no critical information was obtained.


Nevertheless, the controversy hasn’t quelled, and if trends continue, it won’t for quite some time.


In a conference on Jan. 11, Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time the legitimacy of the Russian hacking. However, he denied that Russia’s aim was to boost his campaign, contrary to FBI and CIA evidence.


“As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” he admitted.


This was in contrast to Trump’s previously long-held view that Russia had nothing to do with the election.


Not all were happy with Trump’s statement, though. Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson called Trump, “definitely wrong.”


In addition, Peskov affirmed the Kremlin’s stance on their alleged hacking by stating that the intelligence report was “a ridiculous thing,nothing else…it does not contain any proofs, and evidence.”


Despite the dismal arguing on both sides, there’s still light at the end of the tunnel.


Although Russian hackers hacked various systems with connections to the election, analysts have confirmed one thing – the hacking did not contributed to Trump’s victory, and thus, our republic remains intact.


In short, Russia hacked the election. What they didn’t do, according to analysts, is hack the presidency.