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S-R didn’t follow policy

How ironic. The author of a letter to the editor (“Allegations not factual,” Aug. 22) accuses The Spokesman-Review’s editors of not living up to their policy of screening letters for factual accuracy before publishing them. Turns out his own letter is proof of the truth of his allegation.

The letter writer claims Trump was done wrong by another writer who claimed his call for the Russians to hack Clinton’s email is treason because the emails had already been hacked. Not true.

WikiLeaks hacked the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) email server, not Hillary Clinton’s. To date there is no evidence that anyone has hacked Clinton’s email. Some of Clinton’s staff communications with the DNC were captured in that WikiLeaks hack, but not any of the 33,000 emails that Trump is so worried about.

Whether or not Trump’s call for the Russian hack amounts to treason is a separate question. But in this case, the editors didn’t ignore their own policy of screening out the nonfactual in that earlier letter, as they clearly did by publishing this letter writer’s nonfactual claim that Clinton’s emails were hacked.

Shame on you, S-R editors.

Jim Wavada

Spokane



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