In Summary

  • US intelligence believes that Russia “interfered” with the election to help Mr Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.
  • Russian intelligence broke into the computers of Mrs Clinton’s campaign, stole emails and used Wikileaks to leak them.

My high school buddy, Mr Koome Marangu, whom I assume is now a greying, solid headmaster somewhere in the republic, once told me a native witticism that demonstrated how farsighted he was.

He told me that he was a man who sees the glint of the enemy’s spears all the way from Muri.

This requires an explanation. Mr Marangu comes from a village called Kithirune in Imenti Central.

ELECTION RIGGING

Muri is a neighbouring village. It meant he sees things from far, a giraffe of the Jaramogi sense.

On the matter of President Donald Trump, I want to declare that I also see the spears all the way from Ntumburi, on the edges of civilisation.

Mr Trump’s administration is under investigation by special counsel, former FBI director Robert Mueller, to establish if his campaign cooperated with Russia to rig the US election.

FAKE NEWS

US intelligence believes that Russia “interfered” with the election to help Mr Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

Russian intelligence, or hackers associated with it, broke into the computers of Mrs Clinton’s campaign, stole emails and used Wikileaks to leak them.

They also spread fake news and other propaganda against her.

It has been suggested that the Russians see Mr Trump as “a useful idiot”, some gullible fool that can be manipulated to achieve their ends.

His attitude towards Moscow has been markedly un-American, to say the least.

FOREIGN POLICY

He does not view Russia as a mortal ideological and strategic rival of the US, but as a harmless and misunderstood giant to be befriended with a hug.

A remark, reported in Huffpost  – and which was apparently given in jest - by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, that’s like the Aden Duale of Mr Trump’s Republican party, that Mr Trump was in the pay of Russian President Vladimir Putin, got me thinking.

Suppose he was not just a “useful idiot” but a fully fledged, secret radio-operating, cipher-book adept, KGB-trained and run, Russian mole? Then a lot pieces would fall in place.

CRIMEA
First, Mr Putin is loathe to criticise Mr Putin even when the Russian strongman so richly deserves it.

Mr Putin annexed Crimea, Ukrainian territory and fomented a war in that beautiful land, which has left it devastated.

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