Btw, the (rhetorical) question to Caltrek and others: don't you think that openly declared aim "to split the Russian elite and offer prominent Russians the option to live safely in the West" is a clear and obvious meddling, much more serious than those mystical and elusive "Russian hackers"
I have already addressed these sort of questions in a general way:
Mind you, I do agree that the U.S. has been involved, using similar tactics, in destabilizing other regimes. Sometimes even regimes that have gained power through largely democratic means.Where that has happened, I have been critical of those actions. As I have said before, I am critical of such actions when undertaken by U.S. operatives, therefore, it is not inconsistent on my part to be critical of such actions when undertaken against the U.S. I do agree that indeed "history is not without irony." I also agree that American elites can, at times, be more than arrogant.
Further, a main target of my criticism is Trump, and the apparent collaboration and related coordination of at least elements of his campaign with Russian efforts. Particularly, efforts that go beyond a diplomat's speech before a receptive audience. Efforts that involve such things as hacking into private correspondences and other espionage activities that would be in violation of domestic laws had they been carried out by native operatives. Trump's efforts to obstruct justice in the investigation of such possible collaboration in my mind is an impeachable offense.
I also think that we are going to find out that it is not just "Russian hackers" that are at issue. Business deals between Russian investors and high Trump campaign officials arealso at issue. Including deals involving Trump's own business empire.