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Why Did Putin Do It?

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That Russia interfered with the 2016 US election is now established beyond a reasonable doubt. Special Counsel Robert Mueller  and the Justice Department last year indicted a dozen Russian intelligence officers who were said to be responsible for the hacks of Democratic National Committee emails subsequently given to Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, who published them.  Last week the Senate’s Select Intelligence Committee published the first of what are expected to be five volumes documenting various Russian state-sponsored “active measures” in the run-up to the election. I doubt very much that the Russian campaigns changed the election result. Other, more powerful