(CBC) Maybe he's a puppet, maybe she's a puppet, maybe this whole dang system is a puppet.
One way or another, experts say, if Vladimir Putin is indeed pulling the strings in this U.S. election, the Russian president is likely less interested in propping up Donald Trump's candidacy than in trying to expose American democracy itself as a farce.
During the final presidential debate on Wednesday night, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton accused Trump, the Republican, of allowing himself to be manipulated by Moscow. […]
But Henry Hale, a George Washington University professor who lectures on Russian politics, argues that by weakening faith in American democracy, Russia would be able to challenge the wisdom of exporting democracy abroad.
"The leaked emails can give Russia's leaders concrete 'evidence' to point to when telling their own population that democratization is not going to solve their problems," Hale says. […]
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