I call total balony on this. Attempting to give it some credence by accrediting the source to AIVD. How sad to see Risks Digest reduced to repeating neocon waffle.
The main stream media arrogantly assumed The Presidency would be a shoe-in for Clinton. Trump was good-for-ratings but no-one seriously expected him to actually win. This Russians-influenced-the-election narrative is a ruse thought up by the media to excuse their failure to present the correct candidate to the American electorate.
What would be interesting to know is just who is leaking against both 'Hillary' and Trump and what their motives are. I suspect the leaks are coming from factions in the Washington establishment and elements of the state security apparatus. The Golden Shower dossier being a prime example, also provided by a foreign intelligence organization. Incidentally, the same people who provided evidence of Saddam Hussein's non-existent weapons of mass destruction. This Russian hackers story and similar, part of a conspiracy to get Trump deposed, nothing short of a palace coup prosecuted against an elected President.
I don't work in the media, mainstream or otherwise. Until Trump was nominated, I thought very poorly of Clinton's chances.
I can't see how a priori Russia conspiracy theories are more implausible than the FBI, CIA, DOJ, State Department, OPM, and all the Republicans and Democrats investigating the administration being part of the "palace coup" attempt.
Ex-administration people are now saying that the security clearance process is run by people trying to subvert the President and his administration.
At some point, doesn't Occam's razor suggest that the administration really is trying to destroy the government for whatever reasons, and the "Deep State" is simply composed of everyone trying to keep it functional?
I don't have any bumper stickers on my car, but I was thinking of looking for one that says "I support the Deep State".
The Russian hacking story broke well before Trump was elected. Your elaborate fantasy requires retrocausality.
Wasn't it originally a 4chan invention?
If you are so far out of the loop as to think it originated with 4chan, I'm not sure where to start, but perhaps it might be edifying to read Glenn Simpson's testimony to the Senate.
One place it's available is https://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/politics/read-th...
However, I would like to try to gently nudge this thread more towards the technological side of that intersection. A long time interest of mine has been technological failure: things like nuclear reactor meltdowns, airplane crashes, bridge collapses, and so forth.
For example, jhere is a link to a piece of the digest that covers exactly this kind of stuff:
Sure, it's from '84, but as a software engineer I empathize with all of these (mostly) software related failures, as I have to deal with similar failures on a daily basis -- though thankfully they don't involve and fatalities or injury.
Furthermore I find this digest to be very helpful as an archive of safety related issues over a large span of the history of our field, than of current risks which you can find trending on HN and reddit. I suspect the former is much more instructive since most of that stuff happened before many of us were born -- thus giving us the opportunity to learn from the past with an open mind and free of bias. For example the first few years of the digest covered the SDI which was apparently a hot topic among software engineers in those days, while as present it is (to me) a vague and distant notion barely perceptible -- like a fading transmission.
The digest is heavy with the residue of a rich history, and I hope that we (as in humanity) can give a bit more focus to the past, since it will help us make a bit more sense out of the present.
Other fun things:
John McCarthy of lisp fame was apparently a contributor back in the day:
Richard Stallman made an appearance in 1990:
As did Bernie Cosell (form Coders at Work by Siebel):
And Leslie Lamport, (LaTeX, PAXOS, Turing Award):
Julian Assange in 1995 talking about LoadDog (the wikileaks guy):
Doug McIlroy in 2005 (of Unix pipes fame):
Anyway, hope software engineers on this board will find this historical resource useful, and apologies if anyone got trolled by it.