He claimed that around the time “the Russians” hacked the Democratic National Committee’s emails and turned them over to Wikileaks for publication, U.S. intelligence thought they had identified a “third-party cut-out” who was used as a go-between to deliver the emails to Julian Assange.
U.S. intelligence officials last year identified a â€œsuspectâ€ who served as the â€œcut-outâ€ for Russian intelligence to funnel thousands of Democratic National Committee emails and documents to WikiLeaks, according to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
InÂ an interview for the Yahoo News podcast â€œSkullduggery,â€ Clapper told Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff and Editor in Chief Daniel Klaidman that intelligence officials were â€œpretty confidentâ€ that they had identified the conduit for the hacked emails to WikiLeaks by the time he left office in January 2017. He declined, however, to provide any details about the suspectâ€™s identity.
â€œWe had a suspect,â€ said Clapper. â€œI donâ€™t know whether the suspicions we had at the time were conveyed [to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller] or whether they were validated.â€ U.S. intelligence officials were â€œpretty confident at the time but not sufficient enough to publicize it,â€ he said.
Is that so, Clapper?
So — the DNC emails were allegedly hacked two years ago. Clown Show Clapper left his post in January 2017, andÂ this is the first we’re hearing of a “cut-out” who worked for “Russian intelligence” to deliver the goods to Wikileaks?
Sure. Only a dyed-in-the-wool Trump hater would believe this…story.
Make no mistake, Clapper used the phrase “cut-out” so that Assange could plausibly deny that the Russians gave him the “hacked” documents.
Only, Assange hasÂ repeatedly stated he knows how he came to possess the documentsÂ and the Russians had nothing to do with it.
In fact, we’re not even sure the emails and documentsÂ were hacked. The DNC has never given the FBI’s cyber-forensics team the servers so they can determine 1)Â if they were hacked; and 2) by whom.
Others, including Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, have said murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich was the culprit.
For his part, Assange has said he has evidence that it wasÂ not the Russians and he’ll provide it in exchange for a pardon for alleged offenses. No one will take him up on it.
Plus, throughout WikiLeaks’ existence,Â the site has never been proven wrong about anything. Neither has Assange.
Clapper, on the other hand, has a history of lying — to Congress, to reporters, and to the American people.
There’s more to prove these points, per Isikoff’s story:
In April, Russia used a third party â€˜cut-outâ€™ to send more than 19,000 DNC emails and more than 8,000 documents to WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, attempting to cover its tracks and to give WikiLeaks some degree of deniability in knowing the source of the leaks.
Clapper then said: “There is striking â€” I found, we found, parallelism between what the [Trump] campaign was doing and saying and what the Russians were doing and saying. It was almost like an echo chamber, particularly with respect to Hillary Clinton personally, and her alleged scandals and her alleged maladies, physical and mental. There were a lot of very similar themes that came ultimately from the Russians and the campaign.”
Interesting choice of words, “echo chamber.” It was Isikoff’s September 2016 story on Carter Page that was used to “corroborate the Russia dossier to justify a spy warrant, in one big echo chamber of lies,”Â The Gateway Pundit reported.
Clapper has publicly stated that he found “no smoking gun evidence” of Trump-Russia ‘collusion’ during the 2016 election cycle.
As for Isikoff’s figures stated above, WikiLeaks smacked them — and Clapper — down.
“Clapper gets literally everything wrong–but admits he doesn’t know who our sources are. The published DNC emails go through to May 25–making “April” an impossibility. There are 44,053 emails, not 19,000. There are 17,761 documents, not 8,000. Clapper appears not to be credible,” the whistleblower organization said in a tweet.
Clapper gets literally everything wrong–but admits he doesn't know who our sources are. The published DNC emails go through to May 25–making "April" an impossibility. There are 44,053 emails, not 19,000. There are 17,761 documents, not 8,000. Clapper appears not to be credible. pic.twitter.com/rxfrwwsmFj
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 15, 2018
“The published DNC emails go through to May 25–making “April” an impossibility. There are 44,053 emails, not 19,000. There are 17,761 documents, not 8,000. Clapper gets literally everything wrong–but admits he doesn’t know who our sources are,” WikiLeaks said in another tweet.
The published DNC emails go through to May 25–making "April" an impossibility. There are 44,053 emails, not 19,000. There are 17,761 documents, not 8,000. Clapper gets literally everything wrong–but admits he doesn't know who our sources are.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 15, 2018
We’ve said it before: These Deep State hacks and the Pravda media are the real threats to our national security and domestic tranquility.
That’s because there is a sizeable portion of the country thatÂ believes them when they say Russia and Trump “stole” the election.
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