One doesn’t have to be a Trump supporter to believe him rather than CIA officials in suggesting that Russian hacking operations into Democratic Party emails, sanctioned by Putin, swung the presidential election away from Hillary Clinton and towards Donald Trump.
Where’s the evidence? Yes, there’s evidence that it was Russian hackers who breached the emails of senior Democratic campaigners. Yes, it has had a controversial effect among US politicians and officials — albeit most of it after the election , not before it. Yes, it has made the refined operations of the Democratic campaigners look sloppy.
But No, not one voter’s personal testimony has been produced to say that knowledge of the hack beforehand caused him or her to change his vote from the Democrat contender to the Republican. No, no connection has been shown between the hackers and permission from Putin.
The incident would not have rated as controversial were it not for the increasingly degenerative state of the American political system — closely followed by that of the UK.