Why some people think Trump may be a ‘Siberian candidate’

  • contributor:
  • Scott Radnitz
  • Publisher: Washington Post
  • Date: August 11, 2016
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Scott Radnitz in the Washington Post

In Why Trump may be a ‘Siberian candidate‘, Jackson School Associate Professor Scott Radnitz analyzes conspiracy theories through the lens of the U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Radnitz is writing a book about post-Soviet conspiracy theories.


When emails from the Democratic National Committee, reportedly stolen by Russian hackers, were leaked online, many believed that Trump stood to benefit. Some commentators insinuated that Trump, who has spoken highly of Russian President Vladimir Putin and has endorsed pro-Russian policies, might be secretly doing Putin’s bidding.