‘It’s Official’, headlined venerable US literary magazine ‘The Atlantic’ on 21 July: ‘Hillary Clinton Is Running Against Vladimir Putin’. Watching the US race for the White House, one could be forgiven for thinking that we are in the grip of a new Cold War. You would not be far wrong. Scrambling to contain the scandal that erupted at the Democratic Party Convention around leaked emails that exposed machinations by the Democratic National Committee to thwart Bernie Sanders’ campaign for presidential nomination, Clinton accused Russia of hacking DNC computers and her rival, Donald Trump, of supporting Putin. Trump countered by urging Russia, ‘if you are listening’, to hack into the former secretary of state’s private email account and retrieve her 30,000 lost emails. ‘The Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump’, ‘The Atlantic’ warned, ‘has chosen this week to unmask himself as a de facto agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a KGBtrained dictator who seeks to rebuild the Soviet empire by undermining the free nations of Europe, marginalizing NATO, and ending America’s reign as the world’s sole superpower’.
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