February 6, 2017
By Professor Sarah Oates
Originally published in the Washington Post, Jan. 13, 2017: Reprinted with permission
Short for “compromising material” in Russian, kompromat is all about the intersection of news and blackmail. It’s the ability to sully the reputations of political opponents or pressure allies through hints, images, videos, promises of disclosures, perhaps even some high-quality faked ...