8:58 AM 11/10/2017 – “We have not even begun to discuss how the Russians were able to plan and execute such an operation.” – Former FBI counter-spy on Mueller, Trump and Putin: Russia is winning – Salon

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Thinking about this strategically, how do these events play into Russia’s larger plans?  

The reality is that Russia is winning. We are talking about something which occurred, at its latest, over a year ago. This means that whatever the Russians did, they have had a year to figure out what they’re going to do next. They have suffered no consequences, so why wouldn’t Russia continue with this strategy? They’ll have at least a year’s head start on us. We have not even begun to discuss how the Russians were able to plan and execute such an operation.

None of those discussions are happening now. Instead we are stuck with trying to assign blame, rightfully so, and criminality to individuals. We’re not talking about the holes that existed for the Russians to exploit.

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