The “Hack” of the DNC – What I Think REALLY Happened

My contention is that US intelligence tipped off the DNC that one of their employees was planning to leak their emails to Wikileaks, and that the DNC then brought in their computer consultants Crowdstrike to manage the situation. They then hit on the stratagem of blaming the Russian government for a hack of the DNC, such that “the Russians” could be blamed as the source of the DNC emails that they expected that Wikileaks would be publishing. This narrative would enable the media to focus on the evil Russkies and their partner-in-crime Assange, while ignoring the incriminating content of the emails. Crowdstrike then faked evidence of a late spring hack of the DNC by APT28/Fancy Bear by implanting malware on the DNC server.

When Assange subsequently announced, on June 12, 2016, that Wikileaks would soon be releasing “material related to Hillary”, DNC/Crowdstrike then reasonably concluded that these would be DNC emails. So two days later, Crowdstrike publicly announced that the DNC had been hacked – likely by Russian intelligence – and that the hackers had taken, among other things, a Trump Oppo Research document. The next day the persona Guccifer 2.0 – an evident creation of Crowdstrike – pops up for the first time, proclaiming that he has hacked the DNC and furnished the contents to Wikileaks – referring to Assange’s statement 3 days earlier. G2.0 then posted several allegedly purloined documents – including the Trump Oppo Research document mentioned by Crowdstrike (albeit this document subsequently was shown to have been obtained from Podesta’s emails, not the DNC!) – to which he intentionally added “Russian fingerprints”, so that cyberanalysts would conclude that he was Russian. G2.0 later made a point of contacting Wikileaks to offer allegedly hacked documents - the intent being to leave an evidence trail that subsequent investigators (i.e. Mueller’s team) could point to as evidence that G2.0 had indeed transferred to Wikileaks the DNC emails which Wikileaks subsequently published. (Mueller’s tale of this transfer, however, lacks any credibility.)

https://caucus99percent.com/content/mueller%E2%80%99s-new-indictment%E2%...

This reconstruction of events is rooted in the thesis that G2.0 is a creation of Crowdstrike – likely of Crowdstrike co-founder Shawn Henry, who had previously acted as chief of counterintelligence while he served under Bob Mueller at the FBI. In this capacity, Henry had prior experience creating false on-line personas which were used in entrapment operations that snared some high-profile hackers.

https://caucus99percent.com/content/looking-seth-rich%E2%80%99s-killer-h...

Given the fact that, in light of much compelling cyberevidence, G2.0 is clearly NOT a Russian hacker, but rather operates in US time zones; and in light of the evident collusion of Crowdstrike and G2.0 in the release of the Trump Oppo Research document (NOT obtained from the DNC!), the notion that Crowdstrike created the false persona G2.0 is highly logical.

https://caucus99percent.com/content/how-did-crowdstrikeguccifer-20-know-...

The reason I think my reconstruction of events is likely right is that, on June 12, Assange DID NOT state that he was going to be releasing DNC emails – yet Crowdstrike and G2.0 evidently knew that this was precisely what Wikileaks was going to release. How so? Sy Hersh’s source inside the FBI indicated that, prior to transferring the bulk of DNC emails to Wikileaks via a drop box, Seth Rich had been in contact with Wikileaks, offering them a sample of DNC emails, and promising a large batch in return for payment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYzB96_EK7s&t=22s

It is almost certainly the case that the NSA is carefully monitoring communications to and from Wikileaks. Therefore, the NSA would have learned about Seth’s plan to sell a large batch of DNC emails to Wikileaks. It is entirely plausible that the NSA, either directly or indirectly, could have tipped off the DNC about the impending leak – without telling them the name of the leaker, as this would require an unmasking protocol. That’s when the DNC brought in Crowdstrike, and they decided to blame Russian hacking for the release, rather than a disgruntled leaker.

While it is theoretically possible that the DNC had been tipped off about a potential leaker at just about the same time as a hacker had breached the DNC computers using APT28 malware, this would be quite a coincidence. It seems more reasonable to conclude that the so-called hack was in fact concocted by Crowdstrike as part of the scheme to blame Russian hacking for the impending Wikileaks release. And this accords well with cyberevidence that 2 of the 3 pieces of malware allegedly found on the DNC computers had compilation dates POST-DATING the entry of Crowdstrike into the DNC system in early May. In other words, it is reasonable to suspect that Crowdstrike constructed much of the malware they allegedly “found” on the DNC computers AFTER they purportedly had been brought in to investigate a new hack.

https://disobedientmedia.com/2017/12/fancy-frauds-bogus-bears-malware-mi...

Granted, it is theoretically possible that the DNC had been hacked with APT28 malware in late April/early May 2016 by outside actors. But it should be noted that this malware is available to a range of hacker groups, and its use does not prove the involvement of Russian intelligence. And if Russian intelligence WERE responsible for such a hack, why hasn't the NSA stepped forth with conclusive evidence documenting this - as Bill Binney has often noted?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/fbidhs-joint-analysis-report-fatally-flaw...

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given what we know about how various players covered for HRC and were supporting HRC.

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This type of independent sleuthing is so important to exposing the bastards. It's the reason they are soiling their pants contriving excuses to insert gatekeepers into the internet. With a billion people turning over rocks looking for clues, then sharing whatever they discover with everyone else, the effectiveness of the professional bullshit artists is greatly diminshed.

I have not been following the fake DNC hack nearly as close as others here. So your post is great information to read.

Thanks.

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This array of circumstantial evidence is indeed problematic:

Given the fact that, in light of much compelling cyberevidence, G2.0 is clearly NOT a Russian hacker, but rather operates in US time zones; and in light of the evident collusion of Crowdstrike and G2.0 in the release of the Trump Oppo Research document (NOT obtained from the DNC!), the notion that

Crowdstrike created the false persona G2.0 is highly logical.

I was drawn to another fact I found exceptionally damaging. It seems that G2 was typing and communicating on a computer that was recently in use by Joe Biden's staff — before they were replaced with newer ones. I imagine Joe sent some of the surplus computers over to the DNC for use by the swelling number of campaign workers and volunteers in the summer of 2016.

As for the inspiration for the Russia Hoax, I lay that one at the feet of CrowdStrike co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch, who was notorious for attributing random hacks to Kremlin hackers on a hunch. They all looked like Russians to Alperovitch, and sniffing out Russian spies was a calling card for the CrowdStrike start-up.

The summer of 2016 was coincidently a critical fund-raising time for CrowdStrike. They were looking for a big injection of capital that would take the company to the next level — and their cash-burn rate was staggering. In fact, they've yet to turn a profit. However, Alperovitch is an enthusiastic self-promoter. He regularly sent out press releases about CrowdStrike activities, painting himself as an action hero battling state-level cyber-attacks. He had a knack for giving off-the-shelf hacking tools catchy Russian nick-names.

To make a long story short, in mid-June 2016, Dmitry Alperovitch announced to the world that the DNC had been hacked by Russia. He then doubled-down with a second story. He said he had detected that Russian Hackers from the Kremlin had infected the cell phones of the Ukraine army with an app that pinpointed certain weapons that could be targeted by the enemy. Ukraine had lost more than half of its Howitzers, he said. That same day, he laid out the whole story for the Washington Post, reminding them that he's a Fellow at the Atlantic Council, hence his Russian expertise. WAPO printed every word.

Alperovitch knew the DNC story would fly because CrowdStrike had the only piece of physical evidence, the DNC server logs. He was confident that those logs would never see the light of day. Marc Elias, attorney for the Clinton Campaign and for the DNC, had Alperovitch write down what he saw in the logs. Elias then proceeded to redact select parts of the short report and pocketed the original. The redacted report was the only evidence that the Intelligence Community would ever want to see, if they asked for evidence at all. Robert Mueller certainly didn't ask during his "exhaustive investigation."

The Ukraine story, which was a complete concoction, backfired badly. Key NATO think tanks sent out alarms and inquiries, and Ukraine military leaders were fit to be tied. They denied they had lost a single Howitzer and insisted there was no Russian phone app that the Ukraine military had succumbed to. The New York Times had retold what the Washington Post had printed, without verification, and key officials were demanding a correction. After months of foot dragging, Alperovitch finally recanted his Ukraine hack story, and the New York Times buried it in their overflow pages, as did the Washington Post.

The next day, Dmitry Alperovitch called Adam Schiff to cancel his appearance before the House Investigating Committee. Schiff let it go and never subpoenaed again.

A few months later, angels stepped forward and invested $250 million in CrowdStrike's ongoing operation. I believe Google had the deep pockets in that round.

Granted, it is theoretically possible that the DNC had been hacked with APT28 malware in late April/early May 2016 by outside actors. But it should be noted that this malware is available to a range of hacker groups, and its use does not prove the involvement of Russian intelligence. And if Russian intelligence WERE responsible for such a hack, why hasn't the NSA stepped forth with conclusive evidence documenting this - as Bill Binney has often noted?

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NSA had nothing to say because there was nothing to see. At least that's my theory. I don't think anyone in Washington want's to intermingle with CrowdStrike, if it can be avoided..

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And funny!

It seems that G2 was typing and communicating on a computer that was recently in use by Joe Biden's staff

Guess that won't be in the Mueller report? And didn't Dmitri Alperovitch have ties to Mueller and the FBI? I think I linked to this recently. Is there any person involved in the Russia Gate saga that didn't have ties to the intelligence agencies? lol.

Lots of the information that got put in the Steele dossier came from Ukraine through Hillary's BFF Sydney Bluementhol who gave it to Steele. The crimes of Manafort were known in 2014, but the Obama administration decided to sit on it for future use. In fact the whole Russian propaganda scam was cooked up before Hillary even declared she was running.

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his supporters to turn on him. How many of them would be appalled at what Trump is doing to him if that hadn't happened? You see people calling him a Putin puppet and worse because they believe that he was working with him to take down Herheinous. Now they don't care how he was renditioned out of the Ecuadorian embassy because he betrayed Hillary. This and the false rape allegations against him were to keep people from supporting him.

We recently saw Isakoff trying to connect Seth's death to Russian bots and trolls and people have swallowed it whole. Now Kambama is saying that Russian bots are targeting her campaign and they also spread the Kapernick kneeling story to sow discord here. It seems that many major stories are being tied to Russia instead of giving people the credit they deserve. How silly.

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I didn't think Wikileaks paid their sources for documents. And my understanding of who Seth Rich was as a person doesn't jibe with him doing it for money.

Sy Hersh’s source inside the FBI indicated that, prior to transferring the bulk of DNC emails to Wikileaks via a drop box, Seth Rich had been in contact with Wikileaks, offering them a sample of DNC emails, and promising a large batch in return for payment.

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Though clearly the Klinton Kreeture's Kampain lacked any kind of ability to be introspective, self-reflective, or self-correcting, there were obviously a number of someones paying same kind of attention, and entertaining the thought that the Orange Cheato might, in fact, win-- his one good idea (detente with Russia) would also be submarined by tying his campaign to Russia-- so the Russia bidness is the gift that keeps on giving.

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