I’m going to quote myself here:
Wanna criticize Putin? Sure! Easy!
You can criticize as much as you please, provided, naturally, you are consistent in your criticism. If interfering in the politics of other countries is wrong then it is wrong for everyone. That may be a tough regime of ethics especially if you are American because when it comes to that particular sin, nobody touches America. America has casually assassinated elected heads of state when they were judged unsuitable to American interests.
So, by all means: Rag on Russia—I can certainly imagine many reasons to do so, but by doing so know you also acknowledge America as being fairly terrible and a bad-faith actor on the world stage.
So yeah. Tough ethics regime, but fair, I think.
That being dealt with:
You know, the CIA has made mistakes over the years, but they don’t have a reputation for wild-eyed conspiracy mongering.
Yes, yes they do. Domino theory comes to mind, as does the systematic overestimates of Soviet military strength. Adam Curtis did a wonderful thing on this in, I believe, the Power of Nightmares.
It’s possible, like Mr. Trump says, all the hacking was one 400-pound guy sitting on his bed. But the preponderance of evidence and expert opinion says Russia.
The evidence is not as strong as it is claimed. A lot of it is gibberish: A document has ‘Russian Keyboard Settings.’ So? I have Russian keyboard settings and I’m not Russian, in Russia, let alone paid by the Russian government. I also have German and English settings and I’m not from any of those places, either. A message is written with a Russian idiom—please. Technically proficient foreigners are frequently capable of idiomatic English. I’m not a native speaker, for heavens’s sake. So. Quick. Where am I from?
The fact that when this all started people showed up with pseudoevidence like this makes me suspect that someone really wants this to be state-sponsored Russian which, naturally, makes me suspicious.
Note, as well, that a lot of the evidence satisfies itself by tracing the attack to Russia. Whoever said that anything any Russian does is sanctioned by the government? Have you met the Russians? They take to subservience about as well as cats do to altruism. It could have been any number of non-state actors.
Note, that I’m not trying to dispel the notions that it might have been the Russian government. It might have been, certainly. It may even be likely. It’s hard to tell, forensic computer security being what it is. But it makes sense, certainly, and even if they didn’t they might have done. Hillary’s anti-Russia rhetoric was quite a sight to behold, Nuland was her creature (and was already busy ruining Cyprus when her star power expired when Hillary unexpectedly didn’t win). Russians were certainly nervous enough about her becoming president to run about 40 000 000 people through NBC drills. Just her support for the B-61/12 program is enough to induce horripilation in the toughest of constitutions.
However, finding it unacceptable for a foreign government to interfere in our elections is by no means McCarthyite.
But do you really think Chuck Schumer is going to hold hearings to out all the Russian agents in Hollywood?
No, I think the Washington Post is going to post a blacklist of media outlets, a goodly portion of which are respected alternative analysis and news blogs who, while anti-establishment, can in no way be construed as Russian propaganda. In fact, I think that the WaPo already did that. How’s that for McCarthyism?
I think that Google and Facebook will cheerful offer to subtly adjust what we get to see in order to remove ‘fake news’ which they will determine using secret algorithms that we can’t possibly know, and will justify this Mintru nonsense by defending us from the Russian Menace.
I also think that Trump’s going to get a second term if what passes for a left in America doesn’t sober up and realize that, no, it wasn’t some outside compelling force that made Trump happen. America made Trump happen, and America has to fix that problem itself, not blame everyone except the people who actually caused the problem in the first place.
 Which, if you truly oppose America interfering in the elections of other countries you yourself absolutely are.