Donald Trump’s Russian bestie was just officially accused by the Obama Administration of ordering a cyber attack into the Democratic National Committee’s email system in order to influence our U.S. election. The hack revealed embarrassing emails between DNC staff and led to the firing of several members, most notably DNC Chair and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The hacker, who goes by the name “Guccifer 2.0,” also published Democratic lawmaker’s private home addresses and phone numbers. The info has been online for months on DCleaks.com and Wikileaks. The information published had the effect to dissuade Bernie Sanders supporters from transferring support for Hillary Clinton after it was revealed the DNC had favored Clinton during the primary election, which is supposed to be unbiased. This effectively weakened the party ahead of the election.
The statement comes straight from the Department of Homeland Security office in conjunction with the Director of National Intelligence:
The U.S. intelligence community is confident that the Russian government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process.
The Intelligence community believes the interference goes beyond just the hack of the DNC and Democratic politicians. They believe the Russian hackers are also probing the U.S. elections system, though they can’t say for certain it was a state-sanctioned probe:
Some states have also recently seen scanning and probing of their election-related systems, which in most cases originated from servers operated by a Russian company. However, we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government.
DHS and USIC also add assurance that it would be extremely difficult for any hacker to modify election counts or ballot results because numerous checks and balances exist and voting machines are not connected to the internet.
Aides to Obama are now considering the possibility of added sanctions and possible retaliation against the Russian government, though Obama has not made any decisions on any actions to take.
Last month, Putin denied involvement, saying:
I know absolutely nothing about it. Russia has never done anything like this at the state level. I could never even imagine that such information would be of interest to the American public.
The Intelligence report notes that Moscow has attempted to interfere with other elections before in Europe and EurAsia. For example, during the Ukranian presidential election of 2014, a digital assault perpetrated by Russian hackers crippled the country’s election system website.
Considering Trump’s campaign has had many nice things to say about Putin’s leadership, with Trump going so far as to urge Russian hackers to find Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails, this doesn’t look good for the Republican nominee. It’s utterly treasonous to invite a foreign government into a Secretary of State’s emails in order to win more votes. Especially considering Trump believes those emails contain classified material.
Recently it was discovered businessman Carter Page, someone Trump named as an adviser to his campaign on foreign policy, has been visiting Moscow and allegedly promising Russian leaders the U.S. will lift economic sanctions on the country if Trump is elected. The sanctions were put in place after Russia invaded the Crimea. This directly gives the country a motive to try to sway our election to get out of the sanctions.
Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was let go after it was discovered he was aiding pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine’s election after his name was discovered on a secret ledger. His connections to pro-Russian groups poisoned his role in a campaign that was receiving a lot of heat because Trump couldn’t stop kissing Putin’s ass.
Now, we just have to wait to see if Trump comes to Putin’s rescue once again.
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