The Plot to Hack America
with Malcolm Nance and Hamilton68
In Segment 1, Author Malcolm Nance discusses The Plot to Hack America, the thrilling true story of how Putin’s spy agency, run by the Russian billionaire class, used the promise of power and influence to cultivate Trump as well as his closest aides, the Kremlin Crew, to become unwitting assets of the Russian government. The goal? To put an end to 240 years of free and fair American democratic elections.
In Segment 2, we speak with Laura Rosenberger and Jamie Fly from the German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy discuss their latest project – Hamilton 68 a real-time dashboard that provides a near real-time look at Russian propaganda and disinformation efforts online. The dashboard gets its name from Federalist Paper No. 68 in which Alexander Hamilton discussed how to prevent foreign meddling and influence in America’s electoral process.
Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action. — Ian Flemming
Coincidence takes a lot of planning. — Malcolm Nance
We assess with high confidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election, the consistent goals of which were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. When it appeared to Moscow that Secretary Clinton was likely to win the election, the Russian influence campaign then focused on undermining her expected presidency.
Segment 2: Hamilton68
Laura Rosenberger/Senior Fellow and Director
Alliance for Securing Democracy
Laura served as National Security Council director for China and Korea and chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken. She also worked as then-Deputy National Security Advisor Blinken’s senior advisor. Before joining GMF as director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, Laura was foreign policy advisor for Hillary for America.
The Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan, transatlantic initiative housed at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), will develop comprehensive strategies to defend against, deter, and raise the costs on Russian and other state actors’ efforts to undermine democracy and democratic institutions. The Alliance will work to publicly document and expose Vladimir Putin’s ongoing efforts to subvert democracy in the United States and Europe.
Jamie Fly/Senior Fellow
German Marshall Fund
Jamie Fly was the director for Counterproliferation Strategy at the National Security Council under George W. Bush. Afterward, he served as director of the Foreign Policy Initiative before becoming counsel for Foreign and National Security Affairs to Senator Marco Rubio and serving as Rubio’s foreign policy advisor during his presidential campaign. Jamie was a 2004 German Marshall Fund Manfred Wörner Fellow.
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