Andrey (azangru) wrote,

I’ve been hearing echoes of the latest American news hysteria over the past week.

It’s funny that when I first learnt of that particular news about Trump Jr. and a Russian attorney (btw, saw the abbreviation ATTY today for the first time; was amused), which was from a headline in a Russian news feed I saw en route to my web mailbox, I found it completely unremarkable. Only on the next day (or was it that evening) did I realize that it was actually a big deal in the US, for some reason.

I didn't understand what the fuss was all about until I saw a clip today of Shep Smith explaining that political campaigns are forbidden from receiving money or "other values" from representatives of other countries. There’s apparently some law against it.

That’s something I do not think I could ever be comfortable with. I’ve always regarded sharing of information — if it is true, of course — as a fundamentally good thing. No matter the motives; no matter how fragmentary the information — it is up to the recipient to process it and draw his own conclusions. In that regard, Snowden’s revelations were a good thing, no matter how damaging they were to the secret services. Wikileaks is a good thing, whatever their political agenda (if there is any). Airing of Trump’s "grab them by the pussy" was a good thing, no matter how petty and distasteful. But, by the same token, a meeting with a person in order to get damaging information about a political rival is also a good thing, no matter who that person is working for and where that information is coming from.

The rest (whether or not any such damaging information was in fact provided, or whether or not Don Jr. was tricked into a compromising situation, are irrelevant details).

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