Why the NYT thinks Russia hacked Burisma — and where the evidence is still shaky

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The disastrous Democratic National Committee hack in 2016 was a wake-up call for anyone worried about international chaos campaigns, and on Monday night, we got a new reason to be worried about 2020. The New York Times and cybersecurity firm Area1 broke the story of a new hack by Russian intelligence services targeting Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company at the center of President Trump’s ongoing impeachment. For months, Republican operatives have been hinting at some horrible corruption inside the company, and if Russian spies really did hack the company, it raises frightening possibilities.

Some in Congress are already predicting a replay of 2016, with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) commenting, “It certainly looks like they are at it…

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