From InsiderNJ: Guest Contributor - Columnist
By Joe Hayden, Pashman Stein Walder Hayden
There is an old saying in boxing: “bang to the body and the hands will drop.” When the hands protecting the face drop, a fighter is vulnerable to being knocked down or knocked out.
Mueller’s 28-page indictment on Friday charged 12 Russian military intelligence officers with an orchestrated plan to hack the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee in order to interfere with a free and fair election and obstruct and sabotage the campaign of Hillary Clinton. In a transparent attempt to send a message to the public about the depth of his knowledge about the Russian activities, Mueller laid out the Russian cyber-attack in painstaking detail, including naming the online companies which were used to funnel that stolen material to WikiLeaks for eventual publication, to the detriment of Clinton.
There is no rational way to read the indictment without concluding that these activities were known to and directed by Vladimir Putin – the man President Trump will be meeting with on Monday, July 16th. Moreover, the indictment notes that the hackers were regularly communicating with a senior member of the Trump presidential campaign. There has been considerable media speculation that that person is Donald Trump’s longtime friend and confidant, Roger Stone.
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