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Where's the proof of Russian hacking?

Hena Daniels Reports

It is astonishing that in a day and age of myriad information and 24-7 global surveillance, there has not been one shred of solid evidence linking the Russian government to the hacking scandal that destroyed Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions and exposed the high level of corruption in her foundation and the Democratic party ("Emails were leaked, not hacked," Jan. 5).

Beyond "lone wolf" IP addresses (that were not even in Russia), hearsay and biased "judgments" from U.S. government "experts," there is yet no proof that Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to influence the U.S. election. The media-driven hysteria incessantly condemning Russia serves as a smoke screen to distract Americans from the uncovered truth, and it's sad that President Barack Obama fell for this disinformation.

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On top of that, there is ample evidence that the U.S. State Department has openly interfered in the electoral affairs of other sovereign nations such as Ukraine, Serbia, Georgia, Libya, Syria and many others. If we are to condemn the alleged but yet unproven efforts of Russia to interfere in our elections, we must similarly ask those making the accusations to look in the mirror.

Instead of further scapegoating, antagonizing and alienating Russia, we need to work with the world's largest nation (by area) on a variety of fronts to reduce the global threats that are prevalent in our increasingly dangerous world.

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Michael Pravica, Henderson, Nev.

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