In the aftermath of the fallout from the DNC server hack, the Democrats have been scrambling how to redirect public anger (especially among Bernie Sanders supporters) from the revelations that not only did the Democratic party try everything in its power to sabotage Bernie Sanders presidential bid, but also colluded with various "impartial" media outlets as well as breach fundraising rules in the process.
And, as of this morning, it appears that the solution they have decided upon is not to explain or even justify the scandalous actions, but to simply blame Russia for the hack.
Moments ago Hillary's campaign manager, Robby Mook, appeared on CNN and as David Axelrod pointed out, suggested that Russians are behind the DNC hacking.
This is specifically what he said (highlights ours):
"What is disturbing to us is that experts are telling us that Russians broke into the DNC, stole these emails and other experts are now saying that the Russians are now releasing these emails for the purpose of actually helping Donald Trump. I don't think it's coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention here and that's disturbing."
The clip in question:
Ah yes, the old "Russians are helping Donald Trump" strawman, as confirmed by "experts." The same Donald Trump who the media lambasted in November of last year that he had never actually met Vladimir Putin during a 60 Minutes episode, as he had previously claimed.
Oddly, Mook found nothing "disturbing" about the revelations that Hillary was the DNC's chosen candidate from the start, or the allegations that there was unethical collusion with the media, or that the DNC may have broken fundraising rules to boost Hillary's campaign.
Nothing disturbing about that. What is far more disturbing is that "the Russians" hacked the DNC's server. Perhaps by that logic it is also disturbing that "the Russians" also hacked Hillary's own email server. Of course, they would never be able to hack a personal, home server with no outside protection; but instead it was child's play to penetrate the official, firewalled server of the entire Democratic organization.
Except... there is a problem with this "disturbing", if very amusing, tangent.
As The Hill reported, it wasn't some mysterious, Kremlin-based hacker/operator that provided the emails to Wikileaks. It was the Romanian hacker Guccifer 2.0 (not to be confused with the original Romanian hacker Guccifer, aka Marcel Lazar, who is currently in US custody and whose email revelations over a year ago unleashed the scandal involving Hillary's email server in the first place), well-known for previously leaked hundreds of internal DNC memos on his own website.
It is the same Guccifer 2.0 who, following allegations that he was working for Russia, conducted the following interview with Motherboard where he said the following:
Motherboard: So, first of all, what can you tell me about yourself? Who are you?
Guccifer 2.0: i'm a hacker, manager, philosopher, women lover. I also like Gucci! I bring the light to people. I'm a freedom fighter! So u can choose what u like!
And where are you from?
Do you work with Russia or the Russian government?
No because I don't like Russians and their foreign policy. I hate being attributed to Russia.
I've already told! Also I made a big deal, why you glorify them?
Tell me about the DNC hack. How did you get in?
I hacked that server through the NGP VAN soft, if u understand what I'm talking about.
So that was your entry point, what happened next?
I used 0-day exploit of NGP VAN soft then I installed shell-code into the DNC server. it allowed me to intrude into DNC network. They have Windows-based domain architecture. then I installed my Trojans on several PCs. I had to go from one PC to another every week so CrowdStrike couldn't catch me for a long time. I know that they have cool intrusion detection system. But my heuristic algorithms are better.
When did you first hack them?
And when did you get kicked out?
June 12, when they rebooted their system.
And why did you hack the DNC in the first place?
DNC isn't my first deal.
Who else have you hacked?
Follow my blog and u'll know! I can't tell u now about all my deals. My safety depends on it.
OK, I understand. But why did u target DNC? why are you interested in them?
Lazar began this deal and I follow him! I think we must fight for freedom of minds, fight for the world without Illuminati
Marcel Laz?r [The original Gufficer]
The interview then continued in Romanian to prove that the alleged hacker indeed spoke the language.
Needless to say, it is a stretch to attribute the actions of a lone, copycat hacker, who "hates" being attributed to Russia and who doesn't like "Russians and their foreign policy."
As for Trump being a secret plant for the KGB, one can make a far more "disturbing" assertion that it is Clinton, not Trump, who is in the Russians' pocket. As the WSJ recalled in late 2015, it was Clinton, not Trump, that was paid $500,000 to make Russian problems go away:
The Russian government was opposed to sanctions. At the time, the Obama administration was attempting to reset relations with Russia. The State Department rebuffed the request from Congress. “We…do not support such a measure at this time,” a department official wrote to one senator.
A few weeks later, Bill Clinton participated in a question-and-answer session at a Renaissance Capital investors conference. He was paid $500,000. After the appearance, Mr. Clinton received a personal thank-you call from Vladimir Putin, then the Russian prime minister, the government news agency TASS reported.
Renaissance Capital is one of Russia's largest investment banks.
We wonder if the press (at least those who do not need DNC pre-clearance what to write about as "per the agreement") will inquire about the factual transcript of what Bill Clinton said, that he got a "personal thank you" from Putin in 2010? We doubt it - far more likely is that instead of focusing on the real implications of the DNC hacking scandal, namely the corruption and collusion revealed inside the Democratic party, a far more important "story" will be what is emerging as a "vast left-wing conspiracy", namely how Putin will annex the US if and when Trump, who "experts" will soon elevate to status of KGB spy to spike the narrative, becomes president.
Because that is what - according to experts - is what is truly "disturbing"