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Is anyone else struck by how curious was the timing of the Wikileak? The hack goes back to March. The disclosure of a Russian connection was announced in June by the private firms. The day before the convention Wikileaks finds the material at their "doorstep".

And now, Trump invites hackers and dismisses any Russian connection.

Let's not forget the connection to the Trump campaign.

A curious Trump hire in March was Republican insider Paul Manafort, a “fixer” who has a history of doing business in the former Soviet Union. He did consulting work in Ukraine for the pro-Russian candidate, Victor Yanukovych. Manafort was called “Ukraine’s Fixer” when the country was under the yoke of Moscow, the Russians were desperate to remain in control, and the people of Ukraine were crying out for freedom and ties to the West.

Manafort’s former business partner is Roger Stone, a former adviser to Trump who now runs a pro-Trump Super PAC. He wrote a book, popular on Russian TV, insisting that President John F. Kennedy wasn’t killed by a communist conspiracy based in Moscow or Havana, but was murdered on orders from his vice-president, Lyndon B. Johnson.

Politico reported that when Stone once tried to re-establish contact with Manafort, he sent out an email to a small group of friends asking, “Where is Paul Manafort?” and wondering if he had been seen “chauffeuring Yanukovych around Moscow.”

Manafort is a Republican, no doubt. But his record of working for a pro-Russian ruler who was eventually forced into exile by his own people casts into doubt claims that he was at one point in his career a conservative who backed President Ronald Reagan’s anti-communist foreign policy.

The work for Putin’s pawn in Ukraine does fit into the troubling pattern of pro-Russian operatives who have gathered around the candidacy of Donald J. Trump.

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