There’s been significant reporting on potential Russian involvement in hacks of the DNC and a number of major reporters, and it’s left a lot of people asking a simple question.
I have a simple hypothesis, which is based only on a cursory following of these stories.
- Obama has successfully made Putin look like a dangerous, would-be tyrant. His activities in Ukraine, his constant aggressive behavior, the military fly-bys—it’s left him ostracized and looking like a dangerous child in a world of adults.
- Clinton would further this policy, if not make it worse for Putin, which he cannot have.
- With Trump, however, Putin could turn things completely around. Trump would be so crazy, so random, and so obviously dangerous, that Putin could then turn to the rest of the world and say:
See? See what I mean about the U.S. being dangerous? And look how they’re expanding in Europe against the spirit of the treaties! They elected a crazy man, and now we’re seeing what they really are! They’re the bad guys, and I’m going to save you from them!.
In short, maybe Putin is trying to get Trump elected so that he’ll be able to play the role of international savior from the Big Bad USA. And in order to do that, he’s collecting as much as possible that he (or someone else) can use to harm Clinton during the election.
Again, just a crude hypothesis. But it seems to both fit the situation and Putin’s experience in the KGB.