Russian Role Probed In Leaked Democratic Committee Emails
There is a huge mess exploding as the Democratic National Convention starts. And it is an international mess.
We are by now all aware that the fallout over the emails led DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to announce her resignation Sunday, and this morning announced she will not gavel the convention into session.
This is a royal PR mess and will be needed to placed into the proper context so the work of the convention and the proper messaging is allowed to proceed. That end result is a vital mission as the future of this country is at stake.
The New York Times reports what many fear to have happened.
Until Friday, that charge, with its eerie suggestion of a Kremlin conspiracy to aid Donald J. Trump, has been only whispered. But the release on Friday of some 20,000 stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, many of them embarrassing to Democratic leaders, has intensified discussion of the role of Russian intelligence agencies in disrupting the 2016 campaign.
Proving the source of a cyberattack is notoriously difficult. But researchers have concluded that the national committee was breached by two Russian intelligence agencies, which were the same attackers behind previous Russian cyber-operations at the White House, the State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff last year. And metadata from the released emails suggests that the documents passed through Russian computers. Though a hacker claimed responsibility for giving the emails to WikiLeaks, the same agencies are the prime suspects. Whether the thefts were ordered by Mr. Putin, or just carried out by apparatchiks who thought they might please him, is anyone’s guess.
How this all got to the point of pure chaos goes to some degree to the doorstep of President Obama. He long ago let his thoughts about the DNC be known by simply showing he did not have any regard for it. He felt–rightly or wrongly–one that the DNC had worked against him when he was challenging Clinton in 2008. Now there seems only man who can right the emotional ship of the party and that is Obama.
The President can and must galvanize Clinton’s supporters. And the nation will respond as his poll numbers are very good.
Obama’s job-approval rating stands at 51 percent in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal — the third-straight NBC/WSJ survey where his approval has been above 50 percent. Nearly half of American voters (49 percent) give the president credit for what they say is the country’s improving economy.