Pay attention to how everything with the Wikileaks release of DNC documents shakes out. It’s no small thing when foreign entities are capable of tapping into government emails and then release them, at their will.
The timing of the release has set the DNC on their heads, at a time when a national election is at stake, and all this should prompt a lot of questions about who and why.
The “why” is up for speculation, but it does seem suspiciously as if someone is trying to orchestrate the outcome of our nation’s election, which could only mean they’re doing it for their benefit.
If it sounds like a spy novel, keep in mind, the idea for those novels came from somewhere.
Then there’s this, from Yahoo:
Just weeks after she started preparing opposition research files on Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort last spring, Democratic National Committee consultant Alexandra Chalupa got an alarming message when she logged into her personal Yahoo email account.
“Important action required,” read a pop-up box from a Yahoo security team that is informally known as “the Paranoids.” “We strongly suspect that your account has been the target of state-sponsored actors.”
Chalupa — who had been drafting memos and writing emails about Manafort’s connection to pro-Russian political leaders in Ukraine — quickly alerted top DNC officials. “Since I started digging into Manafort, these messages have been a daily occurrence on my Yahoo account despite changing my password often,” she wrote in a May 3 email to Luis Miranda, the DNC’s communications director, which included an attached screengrab of the image of the Yahoo security warning.
If you’ll remember, Manafort’s ties have labeled him an alleged “fixer” for the Russian mob. With that in mind, is this just too much of a coincidence?
Manafort, of course, has dismissed the questions as “absurd.” Then again, what else would he say?
In mid-June, Democratic Party suspicions about the hackers seemed to be confirmed when CrowdStrike, an outside security firm retained by the DNC, reported that it traced the hackers to two separate units linked to Russia’s security services: the FSB, Russia’s equivalent of the FBI, and GRU, the country’s military intelligence agency. The company noted strong similarities between the attack on the DNC by the suspected GRU hackers and previous cyberintrusions of unclassified systems at the White House, the State Department and the offices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (After discovering the data breach, a DNC security source said its cyberexperts noted that the hackers’ exfiltration of files took place “9 to 5, Moscow time.”) An FBI official confirmed that the bureau has been investigating the breach for some time, and, according to one source familiar with the matter, Director James Comey has been personally briefed.
Don’t underestimate this. It’s big.
Now two questions remain: Is this in an effort to undermine a U.S. presidential election, and will the Republicans see leaks of their own?