*I apologise for the Daily Mail link in advance. It's a tabloid style paper with a lot of smut. Sadly the tabloids do (at times) serve a real purpose in that they're willing to publish what is considered 'fringe' by the mainstream. Former ambassador Murray's own story is rather interesting.
There is clearly a divide at present within Establishment and even within the GOP Establishment over priorities. One faction wants to pursue the Anti-Russia and Iran policy as well as a larger Middle Eastern struggle, while another group of which Trump seems to be a part of, wishes to reinvigorate the Pivot to Asia policy of the Obama administration. Although it must be said many aspects of the project were initiated under George Bush.
Trump's position with regard to the Pivot strategy is further compounded by his Nativist economic stance. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was a key aspect of the strategy, an economic alliance meant to exclude China and reduce its influence in the region. The TPP is now clearly dead and its collapse has worked against US interests as many potential 'partners' are now gravitating toward China.
The Trump response (rhetorical thus far) is one of escalation and militaristic brinksmanship. He wishes to create a crisis, push the line and back Beijing up against a wall. I doubt his goal is war but some kind of agreement that will be a feather in his cap that he can sell to the American public. He wants Beijing to lose face so he can claim a victory, that he 'stood up' to the bullies in Beijing.
Beijing is certainly weighing all of this and soberly trying to reckon with what is coming in 2017. If Trump (or Beijing) prove intransigent or intractable the situation could quickly become very dangerous.
And yet it is clear that within the GOP and certainly the DNC there is a much larger faction that wishes to pursue and escalate the Anti-Russia policy which the United States has prosecuted for the last twenty-five years. The push to blame Russia for intervening in the US election serves multiple purposes.
It's an occasion to solidify NATO, boost US military spending, increase the powers of the security state, censor the Internet, pursue US imperial policies within Eurasia and expand the phony War on Terror.
Both Establishment camps are pernicious and dangerous and yet it's clear the Western Media is bought and paid for and will do nothing to inform the public of the issues or the questions at hand.
Classifying the DNC breach as a leak changes the narrative and turns the focus onto the DNC, the Clintons and the nature of the US political system. And it's not just the Democrats who stand to lose. The emails reveal several facets of the Deep State and how it works. Other questions will be raised regarding the 'leaker' and that's also a question no one wants to pursue. The Russia ploy is convenient, plausible and simultaneously solves many problems.