Harper Reed told Recode that if this happened in another country, we’d be demanding a new election.
Former Obama tech chief Harper Reed isn’t surprised that the U.S. elections were hacked by a foreign power. Heck, he predicted it back in 2013.
If anything, Reed is surprised by how apathetic the American people have been about it.
What, he asks, would our reaction have been if the same thing had happened in a small country whose elections the U.S. had been overseeing?
“If this was another country, I think we’d be demanding another election,” Reed told Recode’s Ina Fried on Monday.
Reed, who now works at PayPal, chatted about the election as well as the larger forces that have brought Donald Trump to power.
Here’s an edited transcript of his interview.
The electoral college is voting today. What should people do with the information that the election was hacked?
They should be thinking about who did the hacking. Let’s say we were a peacekeeping force in some small country that most people had never heard of. And we were there to host a peaceful election, and we then found out a bunch of stuff was hacked. We probably would push to have another election to make sure that would be fair.
This is my question, not for Democrats or for Republicans, but for the American people:
How do we ensure we have fair elections if we are not willing to look at who was doing the hacking, or if we are not willing to listen to the government institutions who are saying who was doing the hacking?
Donald Trump won the election. I think that’s true. I also think there was interference.
If this was another country, I think we’d be demanding another election.
What was your reaction when you started hearing what was going on with this election?
I was obviously very concerned. I wasn’t surprised, not in an “I told you so” but in a “yes, of course this thing would happen” way. It’s part of the world.
I worry about the authenticity of the leaks, and I would worry about that regardless of who