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Russian Role Probed In Leaked Democratic Committee Emails

July 25, 2016

There is a huge mess exploding as the Democratic National Convention starts.  And it is an international mess.

The FBI has confirmed they are investigating a hack into the Democratic National Committee, the first acknowledgment from the agency that they are probing the incident.

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.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2016 10:09 PM

    Does it matter who was behind it, the facts are the Democrats did it and they have no one to blame but themselves for this issue.

  2. Stop pissing on my leg and telling me it's raining Solly! permalink
    July 25, 2016 5:56 PM

    This just in………….On 60 Minutes last night and just now on the CBS Evening News, Scott Pelly asked Hillary if she approved of the DNC staff conspiring to plant questions among the press of Bernie’s ethnicity and religious beliefs. “um, no, I can’t speak for people that didn’t work for me.” Um no Hill, they WERE working for you, they just LIED and DENIED it and were paid by the DNC to do it. Stronger Together my ass!

  3. No Mo Quo Solly! permalink
    July 25, 2016 4:19 PM

    This actually frees our little Debbie WS to go back and campaign in her tough re-election campaign for her house seat. You see, as a corporate dumbocrat, she has much work to do, like making the U.S. safe for predatory pay day loan companies (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/3/1/1494097/-Debbie-Wasserman-Schultz-goes-to-bat-for-predatory-lenders) to prey on the military, minorities, the poor, undocumented immigrants and the less financially and otherwise educated. If she loses her primary, I’m sure the corporate Clinton/Kaine ticket will find a job for her in their administration. Maybe Treasury, or the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Kaine’s particularly interested in bank deregulation and unfair trade, and Hill’s gotta make good on them $225,000 speeches to Wall Street. Four more years! Four more years! (for the status quo)

  4. Sergei Solly permalink
    July 25, 2016 3:03 PM

    Poor Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. Now, I thought I would never see a more delicious piece of spin, as when Paul Manafort commenting on the Melania plagiarism tried to spin it as paraphrasing of a few words because she admired Michelle Obama and the REAL story is that Hillary is threatened by other women and she’s the cause of the controversy. But then yesterday, Robbie Mooks, the HRC campaign manager pivoted from a question about why the top two officials (and most highly paid) of the Democratic National Committee were conspiring to foment ethnic and religious bigotry among the Democratic Primary voters in two border states as revealed in the leaked emails. Instead, he holds up a shiny object, and says, “look here, it’s the Russians conspiring with Trump.” And the Dekemiester, if he were objective and sincere, would have included this fiasco in his post about rejecting “the Dark side of politics.” Instead, all that Dekeles faithful readers hear is………………….crickets. And by the way, is the best that all of the tens of millions that Hillary is spending for consultants and Mooks et al, can buy is to remind people that the Russians (and Chinese and Iranians and North Koreans) can hack vulnerable email servers?????!!!! Un-effing-believable!!!!!

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