Lost in the furor over what Moscow did or did not do, and what effects it did or did not have, is the broader question of what this incident says about Russian intentions and aims. Just how unusual was it for great powers to interfere in a democracy’s electoral processes, and just how outraged should Americans be by the alleged activities?
David E. Sanger, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and the Belfer Center's first senior fellow for National Security and the Press, is National Security Correspondent of The New York Times. In a 32-year career at the paper, he has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, and has received many of journalism's top awards for national security, foreign policy and White House reporting. He specializes in coverage of nuclear proliferation and international economics. He is also the author of two best-sellers on foreign policy: "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power" (2009) and "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.'' He is a 1982 graduate of Harvard College and, with Graham Allison, teaches a case-study course at the Kennedy School, "Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy and the Press.''Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm