I like this one.
According to Clifford G. Gaddy, however, the “obvious” headlines may obscure a “much bigger and more twisted story”.
Gaddy is an economist specialising in Russia, a senior fellow in foreign policy at the respected Brookings Insitute thinktank, and the co-author of a number of books including Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin.
He believes the Russians leaked the information as a message directed at the Americans and other western political leaders — the ones whose information was not contained in the leaks.
“The message is: ‘We have information on your financial misdeeds, too. You know we do. We can keep them secret if you work with us’,” Gaddy writes.
“In other words, the individuals mentioned in the documents are not the targets. The ones who are not mentioned are the targets.”