Intel vets: DNC emails were ‘leaked’ by insider, not ‘hacked’


A group of intelligence vets wrote to President Trump on Monday to debunk the claim made in a January 6 Intelligence Community Assessment that Moscow was behind the hacking of Democratic National Committee (DNC) computers last year. The group’s seven-page report, titled Was the ‘Russian hack’ an inside job?, was written by former National Security Agency (NSA), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and National Intelligence Council (NIC) members. The former intelligence officers also stress that the data was subsequently doctored to incriminate the Russians.

“Forensic studies of ‘Russian hacking’ into Democratic National Committee computers last year reveal that on July 5, 2016, data was leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computers, and then doctored to incriminate Russia,” the report begins.

The former intelligence experts reveal that the DNC data was copied by an insider onto an external storage device such as a thumb drive. To reach their conclusion, the experts point out that the 2GB of data allegedly ‘hacked’ on July 5, 2016 were transferred in fewer than 90 seconds. Such a download speed, they explain, could not be achieved during a hacking exercise.

“[…] someone […] copied 1,976 MegaBytes of data in 87 seconds onto an external storage device. That speed is many times faster than what is physically possible with a hack,” the group stresses.

The copied data was then falsified to make it look as though the Russians were behind the so-called ‘hack.’ However, both the copying and the doctoring were performed on the East Coast of the United States according to the independent forensic investigators.

As expected, the group strongly refutes the January 6 Intelligence Community Assessment which claims that Guccifer 2.0 was tasked with hacking DNC computers by the Russians before they provided the information to WikiLeaks. The intelligence vets also recall Obama’s January 8 admission that “the conclusions of the intelligence community [were] not conclusive” before adding that “the reason the U.S. government lacks conclusive evidence of a transfer of a ‘Russian hack’ to WikiLeaks is because there was no such transfer.”

The report concludes that the evidence highlights a “desperate effort” to incriminate the Russians – “the ideal culprit” – for the publication of highly damaging DNC emails shortly before the start of the 2016 Democratic Convention. This was done, the group stresses, “to divert attention from content to provenance.”

The full report is available on the ConsortiumNews website.