Some strange things going on between Donald Trump and the Russians, not to mention Wikileaks stirring up trouble for the Dems just before the Philadelphia Convention. Is Putin trying to help Trump get elected? Are Republicans okay with that?
On top of that, Berners are full of poutrage that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC discussed ways to stopping Bernie after he had clearly lost the race for the Democratic Nomination. Oh My God - how dare they be political about politics! At any rate, Wasserman-Schultz is banished from the Philadelphia Convention now, which is probably for the best since she is unpopular. But the way this is coming down goes beyond just partison politics - it's totally strange!
On Friday, Wikileaks published 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee. They reveal, among other things, thuggish infighting, a push by a top DNC official to use Bernie Sanders’ religious convictions against him in the South, and attempts to strong-arm media outlets. In other words, they reveal the Washington campaign monster for what it is.
But leave aside the purported content of the Wikileaks data dump (to which numerous other outlets have devoted considerable attention) and consider the source. Considerable evidence shows that the Wikileaks dump was an orchestrated act by the Russian government, working through proxies, to undermine Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign.
“This has all the hallmarks of tradecraft. The only rationale to release such data from the Russian bulletproof host was to empower one candidate against another. The Cold War is alive and well,” Tom Kellermann, the CEO of Strategic Cyber Ventures told Defense One.
. . . The use of Wikileaks as the publishing platform served to legitimize the information dump, which also contains a large amount of personal information related to democratic donors such as social security and credit card numbers. This suggests that Wikileaks didn’t perform a thorough analysis of the documents before they released them, or simply didn’t care.
I strongly suspect the reason Wikileaks didn’t redact all those credit card and SS #s of DNC donors was to scare people away from donating.— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) July 23, 2016
We've known for months DNC server was hacked. Wikileaks sat on emails all this time to release few days before Convo for max effect. #Drama— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) July 24, 2016
Putin has his claws in the Trump campaign, Wikileaks and Snowden's asylum. No wonder DNC email story dropped the day after Trump's speech.— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) July 23, 2016
Russians give Trump money. Russians hack DNC. Russians give hack info to Wikileaks. Wikileaks releases hack info just before Convention.— Malcolm Johnson (@admiralmpj) July 24, 2016
Nearly 20,000 internal DNC emails from January 2015 to May 25, 2016, were released Friday by Wikileaks showing messages sent and received from the accounts of Communications Director Luis Miranda; National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan; Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer; Finance Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish; Finance Director Allen Zachary; Senior Advisor Andrew Wright; and northern California Finance Director Robert Stowe. One message appears to suggest that Sanders, who drew establishment scorn for staying in the race past the end of the primaries, be questioned about his religious faith in an apparent attempt to hurt his candidacy in several states.
. . . The DNC leak couldn't come at a worse time for the Democratic party. Clinton and the Dems are looking to counter the Republican National Convention and Trump's vision of America as a Mad Max-style hellscape with the selection of Virginia's Kaine and the Democratic National Convention, which starts Monday. The uneasy truce between Clinton and Sanders, brokered with a progressive party platform and an endorsement by the Vermont senator, could reasonably be in jeopardy, and calls will continue for Schultz to be replaced as party chief. But the greatest danger is the leak feeds a narrative that doesn't have to actually be true for it to be damaging.
"The DNC Rules Committee on Saturday rescinded Wasserman Schultz's position as convention chairwoman..." https://t.co/9K3uneC84J— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) July 24, 2016
Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook suggested Sunday that internal DNC emails leaked last week were an effort from the Russians to help Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“What’s disturbing to us is that experts are telling us Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails, and other experts are now saying that the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of actually of helping Donald Trump,” Mook said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I don’t think it’s coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention.”
. . . “This isn’t my assertion — there are a number of experts that are asserting this,” Mook said. “I think we need to get to the bottom of these facts. But that’s what experts are telling us. Experts are telling us it is, in fact, the Russians who hacked these emails.”
Ds didn't play Russian hacking card idly today. Subtext is they suspect deep financial ties between @realDonaldTrump & Russian oligarchs.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) July 24, 2016
@davidaxelrod He did develop a hotel/condo tower in Soho with the son of a Russian mobster who was himself convicted of fraud.— Alex Katz (@Alex__Katz) July 24, 2016
From Raw Story
In the days during and after the Republican National Convention last week, questions were raised regarding changes made by the Trump campaign to the Republican Party platform that appeared to be favorable to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
Trump surrogates and campaign spokesmen have attempted to quash rumors that the Republican nominee is quietly in support of Putin’s regime. The hacker or group of hackers that broke into the DNC servers goes by the name Guccifer 2 and represents itself as a private individual living in Romania.
However, Rich Barger — chief information officer cyber intelligence software firm ThreatConnect — told the Post, “We’ve been looking at this very closely from both the technical and non-technical spheres. Based on our analysis, we strongly feel Guccifer 2 is linked to a Russian information operations campaign and is not the independent Romanian hacker that he claims to be.”
Richard Engel confirms Guccifer 2.0 is merely a digital creation by Russian intelligence to help comrade Trump win the Presidency. #DNCinPHL— Bill Madden (@activist360) July 26, 2016
Tomorrow on #AMJoy we'll explore the unprecedented affinity between an American presidential candidate - Trump - Russia and Wilileaks.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 24, 2016
@JoyAnnReid You are pushing a discredited conspiracy theory. There is no affinity, whatsoever. Our lawyers will monitor your program.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 24, 2016
When Coulter is on your side, um...
Hillary's tone is causing violence! VIDEO: Protester shouting ‘DNC leak!’ ejected from Hillary rally - https://t.co/Ah60sC4vsy— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 25, 2016
Wikileaks is retweeting Ann Coulter. I think we've hit peak 2016. pic.twitter.com/zc6lVvd8VL— Blogs of War (@BlogsofWar) July 25, 2016
WTF @wikileaks, retweeting ann coulter. I used to think you were Batman and instead you turned out to be The Joker.— coldplums (@coldplums) July 25, 2016
What is the Russian word for shark? https://t.co/wapfkfhxFG— Blogs of War (@BlogsofWar) July 25, 2016
You boys retweeted Coulter? Took marching orders from a dictator? You've jumped the shark, @wikileaks. Let's see who we can get to hack you— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 25, 2016
Publishing DNC emails seems like mission creep relative to @WikiLeaks' "we open governments" slogan.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 24, 2016
The pro-Snowden crowd is awfully quiet about WikiLeaks releasing personal information of people they don't like online. Hypocrites.— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) July 24, 2016
Press reports on every two-bit rumor about the Clintons, but Trump/Putin/Wikileaks/DNC email hack & it’s “whoa…we gotta be careful!”— lvdjgarcia (@lvdjgarcia) July 25, 2016
Dude, WikiLeaks released unredacted credit cards and SSNs of ordinary middle class people who donated to the Democratic Party. @CommonBrad— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) July 24, 2016
To review: #DNCLeaks show nothing special. DWS quits. Superdelegate rules revised yesterday. Any "Bernie bro" still unhappy is a troll.— RiskyLiberal (@RiskyLiberal) July 25, 2016
@Hedge76 IDK Hedge, seems like half the kids in Weird Twitter think Russia is a fun place with a kindly grandfather in charge.— Rev. Magdalen (@revmagdalen) July 24, 2016
As U.S. voter, I'm appalled by Russian meddling, want it investigated & stopped. As long-time analyst of Russia, Im impressed; they're good— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) July 24, 2016