aside WikiLeaks Is Leaking Doctored Emails By Russian Hackers

clinton-use-dt-w-newaweek-reporter-podcastthumbepisode11There 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.

clinton-photo-kurt-e-height-630-no_border-width-1200The 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.”

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Sydney Blumenthal

“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 dump by WikiLeaks. At a time when American intelligence believes Russian hackers are 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 of Sputnik—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, Sputnik was all over them and rapidly found (or probably already knew about before the WikiLeaks dump) a purportedly incriminating email from Blumenthal.”

-John-Podesta
-John-Podesta

“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. Sputnik even 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. Since Newsweek first 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.”

clinton-good-face-shot-with-friends-and-foes-lead_960“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 identified Sputnik as 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.”

Russian President Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

“Because of its important role in the Russian effort, Sputnik does not simply publish  whatever it chooses, the government official tells Newsweek. Articles pertaining to politics in the United States and Europe require high-level review. (The article in question disappeared from the website shortly afterNewsweek attempted to contact Sputnik about 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.”

clinton-photo-w-dt-looming-over-hrc-econd-presidential-debate-13“American officials have recently been predicting that manipulated documents would soon be appearing in publications like Sputnik. 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.”

clinton-good-photo-sidneyblumenthalc2015“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 in Sputnik, 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.”

clinton-good-podesta-photo-56d76d8b150000ad000b11e5“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.”

clinton-side-by-side-photo-w-dt-and-hrcbn-pz697_trumpc_j_20160926224757Then 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 piece I wrote forNewsweek, which Blumenthal had emailed to Podesta. There was no mistaking that Blumenthal was citing Newsweek—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 from Newsweek.”

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.”

clinton-hrc-love-quotequotequit-copyHere 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 the Sputnik article).” 

“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 spoke while 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.”

“And then he read the words from my article.”

10 comments

  1. Well, this was forewarned a couple of months ago by intelligence professionals, where fiction could easily be inserted in hacked emails. Truth be told, Putin and the KGB control the news and TV shows in Russia, dropping subtle pro-Putin hints in the shows. Putin is a trained spy, so his desire to interfere and get a powderkeg of a President in Trump is not a stretch at all. He sees Trump as an enabler to Russia’s reemergence as Trump would hurt ties with NATO and other allies and make America a pariah.

    • Dear Keith,

      Well now, there is proof of what the intelligence professionals have been claiming.

      Russia has a pattern of doing this in other countries. The disinformation campaign begins with an expose` of legitimate information. Over time, some disinformation is included. Then a bomb is dropped close to election time to where there is not enough time for the target to fight the lies.

      I just hope that the press checks out any of the email content before giving them any credence.

      The fact that Russia is trying to influence US news v HRC, just makes me want to vote for her. .

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Gronda, all of this fits into Putin’s broader strategy to recapture the breadth and might of the Soviet Union. He invades Georgia, Crimea and parts of the Ukraine. He gets involved in Syria. He likely is happy to see the disruption cause refugees to migrate to Europe. Notice they are not welcome in Russia. The migrants strain Europe and cause nationalistic fervor in some places to pull away from the EU. It would not surprise me if he helped foment action in the UK on Brexit. And, now he is helping Trump.

        He sees these as steps in the process to make the EU and US weaker and Russia stronger. And, if all of this seems to Machiavellian to believe, remember this story by a TV producer who fled Russia. He said not only does Putin control the media, but he controls the TV show, but is smart enough to do it subtley. He used the example that on sit-coms or dramas, the characters were allowed to say minor criticisms of Putin and the Kremlin to seem fair, but Putin would make sure broad statements were included in the dialogue to support certain messages – the US is evil and weak, the west is out to get us with these sanctions.

        I use this example as it shows how the man thinks. Like Trump, he is not to be trusted. Keith

        • Dear Keith,

          You do have to look to Putin as the puppet master.

          I wondered why he first went after Crimea. It has been my hypothesis that strategically he needs a naval base on the Mediterranean seas to continue as a super power.

          .If Assad in Syria is pushed out, he stands to lose his naval base on the Syrian coast. This is why he is fighting so hard to stop this from happening.

          Crimea was an insurance policy in case Assad went and his power hold in the area was diminished. But with the sanctions and the world community (NATO) not recognizing the annexation of Crimea, he needs to fight for Assad.

          His strategy would become eased if DT becomes US president. Thus, the US is target for the Russian misinformation campaign.

          I am now 99.99 % sure that DT does not want to release his taxes because it will divulge his Russian business ties.

          I am more concerned about his Russian ties and his compromising US national security than any of his other numerous disqualifying issues.

          Ciao, Gronda

        • Gronda, it is all about assets and influence. Crimea and Syria give him ports access as well as influence. He is working more with Turkey. His deal with the leaders is simple – I will be your partner and will let you be as evil as you want in your country. Keith

  2. Thank you. This was a no-brainer. Is the mainstream media so clueless as to believe emails from Russian hackers and Wiki-leaks wouldn’t be doctored considering the animosity between Russian, Assange and Clinton?

    • Dear Roguebotanist,

      Welcome!! It id a no brainer. Russia has pulled this stunt in other countries and now their President Putin is attempting to influence the US elections v HRC. In my mind, this is a reason to vote for HRC.
      Thanks for stopping by, Gronda

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