Since I don’t really know what’s going on in the world of cyber spying, I have to rely upon my dream prompts. This one has come up more than once, including last night. But the twist is that no matter what anyone tries to do with their computer programs, at the root of all their codes are Russian words which hide subprograms designed to circumvent censorship. But what does that really mean?
In my dream, someone was trying to record a ‘new’ charity record, along the lines of Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas. It wasn’t going well, especially as they were capturing the separate parts digitally on their computer. Something kept going wrong, but no one knew what, exactly.
Because of previous dreams, I recognized that Putin had ‘put in’ some of these Russian codes, so that the sentiment of the song was being distorted. This is not dissimilar to what happens when the media try to blame everything on him. Even recently, one of the Canadian press establishments was suggesting that the Liberals will blame Russian hacking when/if they lose their majority in parliament. It couldn’t possibly be that they screwed things up themselves.
There was a short series in the UK called The Secret Agent which aired recently on PBS. A double agent working for the British in the late 1890’s was persuaded by the Russian Ambassador to detonate a bomb at the Greenwich Observatory. It didn’t go as planned, as these things often don’t, because the idea was to then blame the bombing on a group of militant workers who were striking for better working conditions. Sound familiar?
In fact, the Russians (and then the Soviets and now the Russians again) are blamed whenever anything goes wrong in peacetime. John le Carré has made a writing career documenting the West’s obsession with Russia.
I think we tend to forget that Vladimir Putin used to be an intelligence officer in the KGB before becoming President. I’m sure old habits die hard.