Foreign meddling in our vote? Remember how this feels!

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December 15, 2016
CounterPunch
by Peter Certo  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"The CIA is accusing Russia of interfering in our free and fair elections to install a right-wing candidate it deemed more favorable to its interests. Yet during the Cold War, that's exactly what the CIA did to the rest of the world. Most Americans probably don't know that history. But in much of the world it's a crucial part of how Washington is viewed even today. In the post-World War II years, as Moscow and Washington jockeyed for global influence, the two capitals tried to game every foreign election they could get their hands on. From Europe to Vietnam and Chile to the Philippines, American agents delivered briefcases of cash to hand-picked politicians, launched smear campaigns against their left-leaning rivals, and spread hysterical 'fake news' stories like the ones some now accuse Russia of spreading here. Together, political scientist Dov Levin estimates, Russia and the U.S. interfered in 117 elections this way in the second half the 20th century. Even worse is what happened when the CIA's chosen candidates lost." (12/15/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/15/foreign-meddling-in-our-vote-remember-how-this-feels/  

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