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Intelligence officers sometimes talk about "blowback," when covert actions go bad and end up damaging the country that initiated them. A year later, that is surely the case with Russia's secret attempt to meddle in the U.S. presidential election, which has brought a string of adverse unintended consequences for Moscow.The Interference in the U.S. election has created new antibodies to Russian power: America is angry, Europe is newly vigilant and Syria and Ukraine are becoming quagmires. Last month's overwhelming passage of new sanctions against Russia showed how Putin's assault on U.S. politics has united otherwise polarized legislators. Russia is once again a toxic word in American politics, as Russian commentators are lamenting. r European politics similarly has been galvanized by Russia's attempt to manipulate debate. Russia's covert support for right-wing nationalists has partially deflated those movements.The Russia-WikiLeaks connection is explored in a new edition this month of "The Red Web," the superb book by Russian investigative journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan. Among their claims is that WikiLeaks moved at least part of its web hosting to Russia in August 2016 .
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