The Relevance and Impact of WikiLeaks in this Election

The last person Putin and the Russians want as President of the U.S. is Trump. They want Hillary that is clear and anyone with any once of common sense knows that will never be openly or publicly revealed. Every aspect of Hillary’s Clinton’s history as Secretary of State is evidence that proves Putin would much rather see her as President of the United States. Her track record of being coopted, let alone willing and able is both obvious and on record. While Secretary of State, she handed Russia everything both Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Putin could ever want — The Reset, the removal of U.S. Defensive Missiles and Radar sites from Eastern Europe, the change of U.S. foreign policy toward Syria when Hillary insisted that Bashir al-Assad of Syria (a brutal dictator) was a “reformer”, and the Redline in the Sand policy, are but a few.

Whether it was Russia who hacked, intercepted and or collected Hillary Clinton’s classified national security and her political election strategy emails, or it was done by other state-sponsored groups, or independent hackers, is irrelevant in their intent and disposition of those emails and other documents. WikiLeaks in and of itself nothing more than a clearing house for all foreign government (to include the U.S.) electronic computer based information. WikiLeaks does not present political positons, commentary, or analysis of the information it obtains. Governments, organizations and individuals who obtain information by way of hacking, private and public sources, through  intelligence collection methods, bribery, extortion, or other means — those sources tend to and want to remain anonyms and therefore go to WikiLeaks to get that information out and disseminate. To that end, WikiLeaks is a dissemination site that has the means of accessing that information and then has the unique ability of being able to get mass amounts of information out, while at the same time protecting the sources of where they obtained the data and information.

News organizations, think tanks, and other media and political entities and parties of the WikiLeaks information are the decision-makers and deciders of what, where, and why the information they cull from the documents received from WikiLeaks is to be used, once it is in the public domain; be it for political purposes, candidate public exposure, and or “hit jobs” against public officials, or to expose corruption and wrong doing by a public officials and governments — that in itself is a decision of those organizations, solely, not WikiLeaks or the organization or individual that originally obtained that info or were the originators of it.

If Fox News, or any news bureau, or political organization uses WikiLeaks released information about Hillary Clinton’s emails to expose her corruption, that is that (those) media outlet(s) prerogative and intention – they strategize, craft, establish the angle, and position (spin) they intend to report about. They will further use select reporters, special contributors, and subject matter experts to help to better convey the story behind the emails and documents, and their content. If certain media outlets are in bed with the current administration, the Clinton campaign, or the Democrat Party — they will use and spin the WikiLeaks information differently than what is in the actual documents, emails or data, counter to what it states in black and white. This is the most obvious if you read, listen or watch the mainstream media reporting, such as; CBS, ABC, NBC/MSNBC, CNN, NYT, WaPo, LAT, etc., which ignore or claim the opposite of what the documents and emails actual imply or say in order to focus more on attacking Trump and Conservatives for bring up reporting from the actual WikiLeaks documents at all.

In turn, they will trash and deflect the reports and commentary because the Trump Campaign, Conservative Talk Radio, Conservative social media, and perhaps select programs on Fox News such as Hannity or Judge Jeanine Pirro are using the information to expose the depth and extent of corruption that has permeated the Executive Branch and its access and corroboration of the Obama administration and Clinton Campaign and the liberal mainstream media. As it appears, based on the lefts reaction and commentary, they know they are being exposed, and as a result are in a desperate situation with the truth. As a result, we have now witnessed by the Clinton, Democrat Party, and White House emails and corroboration with the MSM identifying the deliberate and intentionally planned violent attacks at Trump rallies, attempts to conduct voter fraud and the attacks in the last several days on Republican Headquarters in multiple states. In turn, this suggests those mentioned and their own resort being to countering Trumps campaign efforts with slash and burn tactics and the “politics of personal destruction” strategy, certainly is a sign of desperation … on their part.

My guidance — stop buying into it, stop accepting it as gospel, stop repeating it. Just because you are hearing from your favorite news source, social media site, polling site, or other fellow Republicans. You are being used and coopted by the political left and their surrogates. This is exactly how they defeated the Republican candidate in 2008 and 2012 by steering voters from the Republican candidate in the final weeks of the election campaign by conveying the message all is lost, that voters are changing their minds and going over to Hillary — despite being totally against everything Hillary stands for and represents. As a reminder, their goal is a carefully orchestrated campaign to psychologically demoralize, create doubt and a defeatist mind-set and attitude in the minds of those supporting, or likely to vote for Donald Trump. Again, don’t get caught in the malaise and PSYOP campaign being coopted and defeated.

Jim Waurishuk is a retired USAF Colonel, serving nearly 30-years as a career senior intelligence and political-military affairs officer and special mission intelligence officer with expertise in strategic intelligence, international strategic studies and policy, and asymmetric warfare. He served combat and combat-support tours in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as on numerous special operations and special mission intelligence contingencies in Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He served as a special mission intelligence officer assigned to multiple Joint Special Operations units, and with the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Task Force, as well as in international and foreign advisory positions. He served as Deputy Director for Intelligence for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) during the peak years of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism. He is a former White House National Security Council staffer and a former Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C. He served as a senior advisor to the Commander U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and is Vice President of the Special Ops-OPSEC — which provides strategic and operational security analysis and assessments to governmental and private entities, as well as media organizations on national security issues, policy, and processes. He currently provides advisory and consulting services on national security, international strategic policy, and strategy assessments for the U.S. and foreign private sector and governments entities, media groups and outlets, and to political groups, forums, and political candidates. He is an author and writer providing regular commentary and opinion to national and local TV, radio networks, and for both print and online publications, as well as speaking engagements to business, political, civic and private groups on national security matters – focusing on international strategic policy and engagement, and strategic intelligence, and subject matter expertise on special mission intelligence and operations, counter-terrorism, and asymmetric warfare and conflict.