WASHINGTON, July 31, 2016 – The Department of Justice announced that they have launched an investigation into a recent hack of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
The DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are also investigating the recent breach of the Democratic National Committee, which allowed WikiLeaks to release emails and voice mails.
Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill released a statement moments after the DOJ announced their investigation.
“An analytics data program maintained by the DNC, and used by our campaign and a number of other entities, was accessed as part of the DNC hack,” said Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill. “Our campaign computer system has been under review by outside cyber security experts. To date, they have found no evidence that our internal systems have been compromised.”
CIA Director John Brennan said it still remains unclear who is behind this recent string of attacks but cyber security experts and government officials believe Russian hackers are behind the attacks.
Clinton campaign staff are pointing fingers toward their Republican opponent, implying that Russia is influencing the election in favor of Donald Trump. Trump has said that he would be interested in working with, versus against, Russia.
The latest DNC breach occurred during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has previously warned that there were signs of hacks into presidential campaigns.
Following the announcement of the breach, Donald Trump made a remark suggesting that Russia should look for Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails. Liberal media, and the DNC were quick to jump on Trump saying “he was suggesting Russia commit espionage, a disingenuous statement as they emails and voice mails were items captured previously.
Trump cannot encourage anyone to hack into Hillary’s private server as it is no longer functioning. Trump later told Fox News, that he was “being sarcastic,” presumably as he is smart enough to know that you can no longer hack a server that has been decommissioned.
And as Clinton never used secure government protected servers, Trump could not be suggesting they hack into U.S. files.
So Russia tried to interfere in an American election? Shocking. As shocking as kids trying to have sex at band camp. These things happen because sometimes we get lucky, and the payoff seems worth the effort.
That doesn’t mean that we should shrug off the effort; this is a serious, high-stakes game, and it would be foolish to ignore it.
Democrats are focused on this element of the DNC emails: Russia tried to hurt Clinton and help Trump. Americans should be outraged, and they should be more outraged when, as Julian Assange suggests, more emails are released.
The FBI has remained silent on current investigations. However the corrosive nature of the emails, including proof that the DNC and the party chair rigged the Democrat primary in favor of Clinton, forced the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“She worked very, very hard to rig the system,” Trump said of outgoing DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who announced her resignation this past weekend after the email revelations. “Little did she know that China, Russia, one of our many, many friends, came in and hacked the hell out of us. Can you imagine? Can you imagine what they’re hacking? I guarantee we’ll find the 33,000 emails.”
The White House has remained silent. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he couldn’t confirm assessments by private cyber experts accusing Russia and that the Clinton campaign has cited, however State Security experts are saying that the hacks are the result of attacks by the Federal Security Service, a successor to the K.G.B. that was able to hack DNC servers undetected for nearly a year and the G.R.U.: Military Intelligence that investigators believe was the second group to hack the DNC. (Cite: NYT)
It is believed by U.S. Security that Gucifer 2.0, the hacktivist, worked with G.R.U. to release the emails.
In response to the leaked documents, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared on CNN with Anderson Cooper.
Russia, and Julian Assange, are denying that the former Soviet Union is behind the DNC and Clinton Campaign hacks that resulted in the dump of emails and voicemails.
“Well there is no proof of that whatsoever,” Assange told “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” according to a transcript released Monday. “We have not disclosed our source, and of course, this is a diversion that’s being pushed by the Hillary Clinton campaign.”
For individuals concerned by the former Secretary of State’s ability to keep America’s intelligence secure and those who are upset by the DNC’s if not illegal, at least immoral handling of the Sander’s primary challenge, this is concerning. Schultz, who ran Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign is now working for the Clinton campaign again.
What role the dishonest former chairperson of the DNC would play in a Clinton administration is not known at this time.