aside WikiLeaks Is Leaking Doctored Emails By Russian Hackers
There is now definitive proof that the Russians hackers have been doctoring the emails, being sent and then leaked by WikiLeaks. The emails were hacked from the Democratic National Convention and those working on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The wholesale dumping of these emails by WikiLeaks is designed to discredit Hillary Clinton.
It is important to view these emails with some skepticism. In one of the leaked emails, Kurt Eichenwald, a reporter who writes for Newsweek, proves that his work was erroneously attributed to Sidney Bumenthal, an advisor to Hillary Clinton.
The Rest of the Story….
A 10/10/16 Newsweek article, “DEAR DONALD TRUMP AND VLADIMIR PUTIN, I AM NOT SIDNEY BLUMENTHAL.” by Kurt Eichenwald shows how Russia is doctoring the emails before delivering them to WikiLeaks. Here are the excerpts from his scoop:
“I am Sidney Blumenthal. At least, that is what Vladimir Putin—and, somehow, Donald Trump—seem to believe. And that should raise concerns not only about Moscow’s attempts to manipulate this election, but also how Trump came to push Russian disinformation to American voters.”
“An email from Blumenthal—a confidant of Hillary Clinton and a man, second only to George Soros, at the center of conservative conspiracy theories—turned up in the recent document dumpby WikiLeaks. At a time when American intelligence believesRussian hackersare trying to interfere with the presidential election, records have recently been fed to WikiLeaks out of multiple organizations of the Democratic Party. But now that I have been brought into the whole mess—and transformed into Blumenthal—there is even more proof that the Russians are not only orchestrating this act of cyberwar but are also really, really dumb.”
“The latest emerged thanks to the incompetence ofSputnik—the Russian online news and radio service established by the government-controlled news agency, Rossiya Segodnya—which took words written by me and attributed them to Blumenthal.”
“The documents that WikiLeaks has unloaded recently have been emails out of the account of John Podesta, the chairman of Clinton’s election campaign. Almost as soon as the pilfered documents emerged,Sputnikwas all over them and rapidly found (or probably already knew about before the WikiLeaks dump) a purportedly incriminating email from Blumenthal.”
“The email was amazing—it linked Boogie Man Blumenthal, Podesta and the topic of conservative political fever dreams, Benghazi. This, it seemed, was the smoking gun finally proving Clinton bore total responsibility for the attack on the American outpost in Libya in 2012.Sputnikeven declared that the email might be the “October surprise” that could undermine Clinton’s campaign.”
“But the Russians had faked it all, taking a real document released by Wikileaks and altering it to create a bogus story—one that ultimately was picked up by Trump himself. SinceNewsweekfirst broke the story online, some journalists have speculated that the misrepresentation of the email may have merely been an error by an overworked Russian news agency. However, according to a government official with direct knowledge of the American intelligence agencies’ inquiry into the Russian hacking campaign, and who spoke on condition of anonymity, that theory is “absurd.”
“A classified report submitted last summer to the Congressional intelligence committees, and a September 23 letter from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence specifically identifiedSputnikas a central participant in a Russian disinformation campaign designed to use hacking and other techniques to interfere with the American election while strengthening Moscow’s global influence.”
“Moscow appears to use monetary support in combination with other tools of Russian statecraft, including propaganda in local media, direct lobbying by the Russian Government, economic pressure, and military intimidation,’’ the letter says. “Russian trolls and other cyber actors post comments on the Internet, maintain blogs, challenge ‘pro-Western’ journalists and media narratives, and spread pro-Russian information on social media.”
“Because of its important role in the Russian effort,Sputnikdoes not simply publishwhatever it chooses, the government official tellsNewsweek. Articles pertaining to politics in the United States and Europe require high-level review. (The article in question disappeared from the website shortly afterNewsweekattempted to contactSputnikabout it).”
“How these altered documents are disseminated can be quite complex. Sometimes, they will appear in one of the Russian media outlets used in disinformation campaigns. In other instances, the manipulated records are pushed out through a network of Russian bloggers, tweeters and others on social media, then picked up by publications in Moscow or other media outlets where the Kremlin maintains influence. From there, the goal is to have the false stories bandied about by more Russian bloggers or other disinformation participants on social media. The desired end result: the allegations are picked up in the west”
“Both Trump and Clinton have been briefed on the scope of the Russian campaign, the official says.”
“American officials have recently been predicting that manipulated documents would soon be appearing in publications likeSputnik.On October 6, 16 former high-level intelligence officials, senators and other experts on national security, released a cautionary letter about the methods used by Russia in these campaigns.”
“It is imperative that we focus on the broad disinformation campaign that is already underway,’’ the officials wrote. “What is taking place in the United States follows a well-known Russian playbook: First leak compelling and truthful information to gain credibility. The next step: release fake documents that look the same. This leaves a discredited actor in the position of denying the authenticity in the merciless court of public opinion, just weeks before an election.”
“According to these officials, Russia has used these techniques in Estonia, Georgia, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Germany and now in the United States.
“The process has begun and stage has been set for the introduction of false information,’’ the national security experts wrote. “Altering stolen documents and introducing them to the public is not the stuff of spy movies. It is a proven tactic of Russian intelligence, and we expect it will happen here.”
“Other altered documents have already been the basis of articles inSputnik, the government official with knowledge of the intelligence agencies’ inquiries tells Newsweek. However, the Blumenthal email appears to be the first manipulated record to publicly identified.”
“To understand the full importance of the false Blumenthal story—and how much Putin and his Kremlin cronies must have been dancing with delight—I have to quote the top few paragraphs:”
“In a major revelation from the second batch of WikiLeaks emails from Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta it was learned that Hillary’s top confidante Sidney Blumenthal believed that the investigation into Benghazi was legitimate because it was “preventable” and the result of State Department negligence.
“In an email titled “The Truth” from Hillary’s top confidante Sidney Blumenthal, the adviser writing to undisclosed recipients said that “one important point that has been universally acknowledged by nine previous reports about Benghazi: The attack was almost certainly preventable” in what may turn out to be the big October surprise from the WikiLeaks release of emails from the account of Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta.”
Then came the money quote:
“Clinton was in charge of the State Department, and it failed to protect U.S. personnel at an American consulate in Libya. If the GOP wants to raise that as a talking point against her, it is legitimate,” said Blumenthal, putting to rest the Democratic Party talking point that the investigation into Clinton’s management of the State Department at the time of the attack was nothing more than a partisan witch hunt.”
“Those words sounded really, really familiar. Really familiar. Like, so familiar they struck me as something I wrote. Because they were something I wrote.”
“The Russians were quoting two sentences from a 10,000-word pieceI wrote forNewsweek, which Blumenthal had emailed to Podesta. There was no mistaking that Blumenthal was citingNewsweek—the magazine’s name and citations for photographs appeared throughout the attached article. In fact, the email was 75 pages long when printed out. The sentences quoted by the Russians were on page 19, following 22 different mentions that the words came fromNewsweek.”
The Russians had carefully selected the “of course” paragraph, which mentions there were legitimate points of criticism regarding Clinton and Benghazi, all of which had been acknowledged in nine reports about the attack and by the former secretary of state herself. But that was hardly the point of the story, “Benghazi Biopsy: A Comprehensive Guide to One of America’s Worst Political Outrages.” The piece is about the obscene politicization of the assault that killed four Americans, and the article slammed the Republican Benghazi committee, which was engaged in a political show trial disguised as a congressional investigation—the 10th inquiry into the tragedy.”
Here is the real summation of my article, which the Russians failed to quote:
“The historical significance of this moment can hardly be overstated, and it seems many Republicans, Democrats and members of the media don’t fully understand the magnitude of what is taking place. The awesome power of government—one that allows officials to pore through almost anything they demand and compel anyone to talk or suffer the shame of taking the Fifth Amendment—has been unleashed for purely political purposes. It is impossible to review what the Benghazi committee has done as anything other than taxpayer-funded political research of the opposing party’s leading candidate for president.”
“Comparisons from America’s past are rare. Richard Nixon’s attempts to use the IRS to investigate his perceived enemies come to mind. So does Senator Joseph McCarthy’s red-baiting during the 1950s, with reckless accusations of treason leveled at members of the State Department, military generals and even the secretary of the Army…. The consequences, however, are worse than the manipulation of the electoral process. By using Benghazi for political advantage, the Republicans have communicated to global militants that, through even limited attacks involving relatively few casualties, they can potentially influence the direction of American elections.”
“This false story was reported only by the Russian-controlled agency (a reference appeared in a Turkish publication, but it was nothing but a link to theSputnikarticle).”
“So how did Donald Trump end up advancing the same falsehood put out by Putin’s mouthpiece?”
“At a rally in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, Trump spokewhile holding a document in his hand. He told the assembled crowd that it was an email from Blumenthal, whom he called “sleazy Sidney.”
“This just came out a little while ago,’’ Trump said.“I have to tell you this.”