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Podesta Blames Russia for Email Hack, Doesn’t Deny Authenticity of Damning Emails

Podesta Blames Russia for Email Hack, Doesn’t Deny Authenticity of Damning Emails

Blaming the messenger to excuse the damaging message.

Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta has told the media he blames Russia for the hack into his emails, which Wikileaks has been releasing in troves for the last few days. He even said that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump knew about the hack and the leaks:

“I’ve been involved in politics for nearly five decades,” Mr. Podesta told reporters aboard the Clinton campaign plane. “This definitely is the first campaign that I’ve been involved with in which I’ve had to tangle with Russian intelligence agencies,” he added, “who seem to be doing everything that they can on behalf of our opponent.”

The FBI confirmed its agents have started an investigation into the hack.

Podesta did not confirm or deny “the authenticity of the emails,” but said he spoke with the FBI “as a victim” of a hacking job. From Politico:

“The FBI is aware of media reporting on cyber intrusions involving multiple political entities, and is working to determine the accuracy, nature and scope of these matters,” an FBI spokesperson said. “The cyber threat environment continues to evolve as cyber actors target all sectors and their data. The FBI takes seriously any allegations of intrusions, and we will continue to hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace.”

He also believes Trump’s campaign knew about the hack:

Podesta said on Tuesday that the Trump campaign may have had advance knowledge of the leak. Particularly suspect, Podesta said, is Trump’s ally, provocateur and political operative, Roger Stone, who has confirmed he was in contact with Wikileaks’ Julian Assange. The founder of Wikileaks is a fugitive who has been openly critical of Clinton.

“I think it is a reasonable assumption to, or at least a reasonable conclusion, that Mr. Stone had advance warning, and the Trump campaign had advance warning about what Assange was going to do,” said Podesta, who did not confirm the authenticity of the leaked emails.

He also said the FBI has included his hacked emails into the “broader investigation into the hacking of Democratic computers.”

The Democrats and government have been accusing Russia of trying to interfere with the presidential election:

“Russian interference in this election and apparently on behalf of Trump is, I think, of the utmost concern to all Americans, whether you’re a Democrat or independent or Republican,” Podesta said.

On Sunday, the Obama administration formally placed blame on our Cold War enemy for all the hacks that have occurred in 2016:

“We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities,” the statement said.

The agencies said some state election systems have been recently scanned and probed and that this action originated from servers operated by a Russian company. But the statement stopped short of definitively blaming the Russian government for that activity.

Just days before the Democrat National Committee, a Romanian hacker known as Guccifer 2.0 gave emails to Wikileaks that showed the DNC conspired from within to ruin Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaign against Hillary Clinton.

This caused the DNC to “quarantine” then-DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the Democrat convention. She later resigned a day before the convention kicked off while the DNC fired three top officials.

Last week, a Department of Homeland Security official said hackers targeted election systems in 21 states. This has led DHS to persuade states to take advantage of federal and private protection of its election systems.

Concerns over election security peaked in August when “hackers successfully infiltrated one state board of election and targeted another” in Illinois and Arizona.

The FBI provided “eight separate IP addresses” and thinks they may have been linked since the hackers used one address in bothe attacks. The department recognized one address since it “surfaced before in Russian criminal underground hacker forums.” Rich Barger, chief intelligence officer for cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect, told Yahoo News that “the method of attack on one of the state election systems — including the types of tools used by the hackers to scan for vulnerabilities and exploit them — appears to resemble methods used in other suspected Russian state-sponsored cyberattacks, including one just this month on the World Anti-Doping Agency.”


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But NO ONE hacked clinton’s private emails –
Proof that she is fit to be president. (sarc)

He also said the FBI has included his hacked emails into the “broader investigation into the hacking of Democratic computers.”

Why waste their time! Instead, do something about all the spam and Ramsonware emails that everyone gets.

Come on FBI, do something important. I consider it a private matter that the DNC failed to take care of their emails. It is a good indicator as to how they will treat more important matters of the US Government.

But then again, victim hood is that standard mantra of liberals.

Russia, maybe. Perhaps China. The Serbians are equally qualified, and they have been the victims of Clinton adventurism. As well as a diverse assortment of other nations, groups, refugees, and individuals. Each and every one has a stake to counter Obama, Clinton’s provocations, progressive wars, impulsive regime changes, democratic terrorism, and trials by sodomy and abortion.

    Old0311 in reply to n.n. | October 12, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Wouldn’t the commies or the criminals be on Hillary’s side in the campaign. Birds of a feather and all that.

      alaskabob in reply to Old0311. | October 12, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Russians aren’t dumb. Faced with Hillary’s basic paranoia, amped by her Parkinsons (which includes more paranoia) and her unguided missile take down of Libya would make the Ruskies nervous… and their paranoia would go up. She wanted to show how macho she was in destroying Libya… she could just a easily go nuts to prove her “toughness” with Moscow. Hillary with the launch codes…. and a secure bunker… pause and consider….

“The democrats and government accuse Russia of interfering with the election.” Yet not hearing the same from them about the media doing the same

legacyrepublican | October 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

The FBI … will continue to hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace.”

Simple question. Would that include an illegal email server in someone’s bathroom with emails that have classified information that compromises national security?

The FBI will get to the bottom of things.


The emails are now coming fast and furious. A good place ( I’m not saying it’s totally reliable ) is

they are going through the emails furiously but mmake sure to read the comments carefully too.

It’s raw and some misinformation slips in, but they generally catch that in the comments.

    Valerie in reply to RodFC. | October 13, 2016 at 7:22 am

    It is a fever swamp, but it does unearth the good stuff, and identify bad information fairly rapidly. It’s also far more intelligible that 4Chan.

Still stuck to that Russian fantasy.

The puzzling thing is that they seem to have conceded that this material is genuine and very damaging. No claim that it’s all fake, or that it’s real but actually quite harmless if seen in “context”—the usual ploys that I’d expect from the Dems.

Anonymous is charging that Obama will start a Wag the Dog war with Russia to distract from the coming blitz of emails.

I am old enough to remember when it was the democrats chiding the republicans about the “fear of the bear”.
Interesting that it has so reversed itself.

The FBI confirmed its agents have started an investigation into the hack.

When they’re done, James Comey will announce that the Russians did hack Podesta’s email, but they had no intention to do anything with the emails, so there’ll be no action taken against them.

This has led DHS to persuade states to take advantage of federal and private protection of its election systems.

Has it? Which states have actually been conned into this bit of chicanery?

Democrats – masters of the magician’s trick of misdirection.

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” they say to people who have already seen the man behind the curtain. The shame is that so many people will be fooled and abide by the command. They will later swear that they so nobody behind the curtain.

“…conspired to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry…”

Why would I believe the Russians are doing this?
Hateful hitlery still has 80% of our uranium left to sell to the Russians for a major donation washed through her Canadian contact to her personal funds.

I have not seen the Podesta email yet , but I have read about it on other comment boards .
The Clinton’s internal polling is showing a Trump landslide
I have always noticed she never goes above 45 % or so
45 is going to be it ,she’s peaked IMHO

    alaskabob in reply to dmi60ex. | October 12, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Then keep those iodine tablets handy IF you are not in some choice target zone. For light reading… open up late Casper Weinberger’s “The Next War” and enjoy… slightly different back then but still plausible. The Right is desperate and the Left is desperate to win… only difference.. the Left will do anything to win.

If there were any questions, Russians do not deny involvement:

    If Hillary’s state department emails ,or even her private emails, were hacked by the Russians, it’s even worse.
    They would have access to the inner workings of military and diplomatic decision making.

    Not to mention, the ability to blackmail her.

    No. Just no., Notice how there is no direct quote? Someone is pulling out of what is politely called “thin air.”

      The direct quote:
      “We did not deny this,” he [Lavrov] said, but added, “They did not prove it.”

        This quote is far clearer, and more to the point.

        “Hysteria started over the [allegation] that this is in the interests of Russia,” Mr. Putin said, according to the Interfax news agency. “But nothing in it is in the interests of Russia, while the hysteria is merely caused by the fact that somebody needs to divert the attention of the American people from the essence of what was exposed by the hackers.”

        I would be deeply surprised if the Russians did not routinely probe our various systems, and would surely do it once something is called to their attention.

        No, this has the marks of an internal matter, and the Hillary Campaign is trying to make it an international incident.

    Are you aware that Podesta’s password was published last summer and he didn’t bother to change it? I would suppose around 100 unauthorized groups would have all of his emails.

    This is so stupid just like BO’s birth certificate that was created with an editor. The images can be moved around and you can see what is underneath them. I’m not saying that BO is not American, I’m saying his paperwork was generated by an computer program. It is there for the whole world to see, just like Podesta’s emails.

    Our country is in the best of hands!

    Yes they do.

    “Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak denied any Russian government involvement in the hacking of U.S. political organizations such as the Democratic National Committee and said U.S. intelligence suggesting otherwise is incorrect.

    “Kislyak was asked if the U.S. government has provided any evidence to Russia to back up its intelligence estimate about the hacks.”

    “Speaking in Russian, Kislyak said that America has not presented any evidence on any of those issues, according to a translation from a Russian-American reporter.”

The Secret Service said that it was an inside job. Why does the DNC hire Russians?

Seems that Podesta’s twitter account was hacked too:

Damn. I remember this situation from when my Daddy was playing Dominoes.

He said “Oh, look! There’s a mouse!”

And my sister and my son just looked at him and said, “It’s your turn. Make your play.”

buckeyeminuteman | October 13, 2016 at 2:11 pm

You’d think with the reset button working so well that they wouldn’t engage in stuff like this…