The alleged ‘Russian hack’ was really an inside job by a DNC staffer who loaded the emails onto a thumb drive.
Submitted by WMR
The memo opined that the leak of Democratic National Committee e-mails during the 2016 presidential campaign was not the result of Russian state-sponsored hacking but the result of an inside job by a DNC staffer who loaded the emails onto a thumb drive.
That view is contrary to an assessment made in a 2017 intelligence assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies. That assessment claimed that Russian government-sponsored hackers broke into the email servers of the DNC and then provided the emails to WikiLeaks.
Ken Dilanian was the Tribune Washington Bureau national security reporter who covered, and helped shape, the official story. Dilanian is nothing more than a CIA-embedded reporter at NBC News. There, he was accused of submitting his stories to the CIA in advance of publication. Tribune owns the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.
In one email, Dilanian wrote to the CIA press officer: “I’m working on a story about congressional oversight of drone strikes that can present a good opportunity for you guys.” In other cases, the CIA made significant re-edits of Dilanian’s stories. Dilanian left Tribune in May 2014 for the Associated Press. While the Tribune Washington bureau chief later called Dilanian’s email exchanges with the CIA a violation of the newspaper chain’s news policy, the AP had no problem with Dilanian’s email pen pals at the CIA. Dilanian later moved to NBC News.
NBC News, which has had a long relationship with the CIA since the agency’s implementation of the news media infiltration project called OPERATION MOCKINGBIRD in the early 1950s, apparently has had no problem with Dilanian’s shilling for the CIA.
The contention is that weak DNC security led to either an internal compromise of sensitive emails or an external hack. Then-DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile did not create a Cybersecurity Advisory Board until after the email hacking became public in August 2016. Instead of asking non-partisan technical experts to serve on the advisory board, Brazile packed it with Democratic Party hacks. Ironically, the title of her new book is “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House.”
Among the members of Brazile’s advisory board were former members of the Obama administration, including Rand Beers, formerly with the Department of Homeland Security; Nicole Wong and Aneesh Copra of Albright Stonebridge Group; and Perkins Coie a partner with Michael Sussmann, former Justice Department lawyer, as well as a lawyer for Hillary Clinton and the DNC. Albright Stonebridge is the lobbying firm of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
WMR spoke to a retired technical officer with the U.S. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Technology Development Services (TDS). WMR can report exclusively that, according to this source, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, that the computer systems maintained by TDS have had their security weakened by senators who want ease of access to the systems maintained by the DNC, the Republican National Committee, and the four campaign committees of the Senate and House: the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC), the National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
The DCCC was reportedly penetrated by hackers while the DNC was also being hit. However, based on the revelations by the retired TDS official, Binney appears to have been correct in stating that the “inside hack” was done either by DNC and/or DCCC authorized users or by those who penetrated the systems from the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives computers.