Intelligence Analyst Eviscerates Trump, Russian Influence in His Election and the Media in Epic Tweetstorm
Like an academic, spy version of a reality show contestant, intelligence analyst Eric Garland is not here to make friends. While Americans tried to drown their sorrows over our budding kleptocracy and potential descent into the United States of Russia, Garland gifted us with an epic tweetstorm Sunday night, using game theory to explain the Russian hacks, why Obama is not actually giving up, how the Kremlin used Wikileaks to get in the good graces of liberals, and eviscerating everyone from George W. Bush to Glenn Greenwald.
It's a mic drop of an explanation of not only our current election's hacks, but of how we got here in the first place, how Russia was furious, at the end of the Cold War, at being, as he puts it, " reduced to Drunk Uncle status in the global balance of power. Mouthy, smart, degraded, much reduced in stature." So they played the long game, and first took advantage of the intelligence communities' losses in the wake of the Iraq war to move in with Wikileaks info drops, in order to, "Ingratiate the Left into this anti-establishment distrust of Western intel." Which conveniently took place at the same time as a large-scale distrust of the American media. In slips Fox News, and the beginnings of the white supremacist so-called alt-right, followed by think tanks, and suddenly the farthest fringes of the right have an entire academic, media and financial infrastructure behind them.
This, according to Garland, is extremely helpful for the Russians. As was, unfortunately, the backlash to electing our first black president. "What develops is an attractive, well-produced alternate universe. You no longer need an alternate take. You have alternate facts," he explains. This creates an excellent opening for the Russian intelligence to start getting involved even more heavily. "In addition to alt-finance sites and 'Russia Today,' a new TV network, they start infiltrating 'social media'." So they invest. And then things get even better when Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee. He loves Russia and hates facts.
It's enough to make you wonder whether we're still living in the Cold War, only with smartphones and Twitter. Garland however, ends on a hopeful, fighting note: "This may be America's finest hour, as we act together with unshakable resolve to deal with enemies foreign and domestic." Read the entire thread below: