Russian hacking has torn through the American political scene. We know the Democratic National Committee was hacked. And the CIA says the Republican National Committee was compromised, too.
But U.S. officials believe only some of the documents and data collected by those hackers has actually been released to the public. And experts in Russian espionage say that’s a classic KGB strategy.
But not everyone agrees the Republican committee was hacked. Among them, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer. He’s briefed Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn and is considering an offer for a senior defense intelligence role in the new administration. Newsy met with Shaffer at his Washington, D.C., office near the Capitol.
But the concern over Russian hacking meant to benefit Trump isn’t just a partisan issue. A group of Republican senators are also calling for an investigation in Congress.
With Russia growing more aggressive with cyberspying, the question remains: What dirt do the Russians have, and who do they have it on?
Russian President Vladimir Putin is an old KGB agent, and experts familiar with Soviet spy games, like Zaslaviskiy, worry about the use of an old-school tactic called kompromat to compromise hacking targets in the U.S. government.