Is the DNC hack an act of war, and is Russia responsible?

On Monday, the FBI announced that it was investigating the hack into the Democratic National Committee. At about the same time, it was also reported that FBI officials believe that the hack was committed by the Russian government, and was undertaken with the intent of aiding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. (The release of the stolen data by WikiLeaks has already caused discord in the Democratic Party on the eve of its convention in Philadelphia; over the weekend, the chair of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigned from her post.) As Franklin Foer reported in Slate, Trump has a long history of cozying up to Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin. (Trump recently stated that the United States may not honor its NATO obligations if a member state was attacked by Russia.) And Putin has his own long history of attempting to undermine the West by supporting right-wing candidates.

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