This past weekend, the Clinton campaign released a video that seeks to connect Donald Trump to the Russian intelligence apparatus. Democrats have used the tactic to obscure the revelations of emails by WikiLeaks that showed that the Democratic National Committee was covertly working to sink Sen. Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign. Those revelations resulted in the resignation of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as party chair, along with three other party officials.

At the beginning of Clinton’s video, an onscreen text says, "We don't know why Trump praises Putin," and then shows a clip in which Trump says the Russian president is a "strong leader." It goes on to highlight Trump’s statements about NATO and campaign chairman Paul Manafort's links to a Ukrainian president. It referenced WikiLeaks hacking of DNC emails. "Russia if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump says in the video: a remark he later said was "sarcastic."

Appearing on RT -- which is affiliated with the Russian government -- Wikileaks founder and editor Julian Assange said that Trump has no ties with Russia, but added that Clinton does have considerable ties to Russia.

In addition, on July 27, the Washington Post cited an unnamed US intelligence official who admitted, “We have not drawn any evidentiary connection to any Russian intelligence service and WikiLeaks...none.” Clinton’s video strongly insinuated that Trump has possibly treasonous allegiances to Russia. Her website announced yesterday, that “questions” must be answered “about Trump’s cozy relationship with Russia.” Democrats have cheered on the insinuations.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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