When Russians Interfered in Our Election… 1968
This is a very brief introduction to a story that will be expanded upon later.
In 1968, The Soviet Union was out to make sure Hubert Humphrey was elected president. They feared the anti-communist, Richard Nixon. One reason for this Red Panic was the Vietnam War. They feared (as it turned out with good reason) a tougher deal for North Vietnam under Nixon than Humphrey.
Soviet interference consisted of at least two main fronts:
A. The Soviet Government offered financial help to the Humphrey campaign
B. The Soviet Government was trying to goad President Johnson into making a quick peace deal before he left office. They correctly predicted that they would not have an easy time if Nixon won. Luckily- President Thieu of South Vietnam never considered being on the menu- part of any deal.