With the scandals plaguing the Democratic National Convention - set to start in just over an hour - get stronger, so does the narrative that it was all Russia's fault the Democratic party was hacked.
As a result, as reported earlier today, the objective FBI said it is now investigating how thousands of DNC emails were hacked, a breach that Hillary Clinton's campaign maintains was committed by Russia to benefit Donald Trump. Indeed, as noted yesterday, Clinton's campaign, citing "experts", pointed to a massive hacking of DNC computers in June that cybersecurity firms linked to the Russian government.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta added fuel to the debate Monday, saying there was "a kind of bromance going on" between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump. The Clinton campaign says Russia favors Trump's views, especially on NATO.
Trump on Monday dismissed as a "joke" claims by Hillary Clinton's campaign that Russia is trying to help Trump by leaking thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee.
"The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC emails, which should have never been written (stupid), because Putin likes me," Trump wrote as part of a series of Tweets. "Hillary was involved in the email scandal because she is the only one with judgement (sic) so bad that such a thing could have happened."
The scandal continue into the afternoon when a Motherboard article noted that ""metadata show that the Russian operators apparently edited some documents, and in some cases created new documents""
"metadata show that the Russian operators apparently edited some documents, and in some cases created new documents" https://t.co/1NlDua4eRv— Shashank Joshi (@shashj) July 25, 2016
Perhaps it did, but not the ones that Wasserman Schultz already resigned over. Because while the Democratic party is pointing fingers the underlying reality is simple: no matter who hacked the Wikileak'ed emails, the DNC was engaging in media collusion and actively suppressing the campaign of Bernie Sanders. To be sure, as some already noted, "one way the DNC could have prevented embarrassing info about its collusion and lies from entering the public domain: not colluded and lied."
One way the DNC could have prevented embarrassing info about its collusion and lies from entering the public domain: not colluded and lied— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 25, 2016
In any case, the fallout from the email leak has been escalating all day, with Sanders supporters booing the former DNC Chairman offstage, forcing her to skip the convention entirely. And so has the fingerpointing at the Kremlin as the culprit behind a scandal that threatens to overshadow even last week's scandal-ridden Republican convention.
But how to get to the bottom of who did what?
One way would be to listen to the person who should know all about this stuff: Edward Snowden. This is what he said earlier today on Twitter:
Even if the attackers try to obfuscate origin, #XKEYSCORE makes following exfiltrated data easy. I did this personally against Chinese ops.— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) July 25, 2016
Evidence that could publicly attribute responsibility for the DNC hack certainly exists at #NSA, but DNI traditionally objects to sharing.— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) July 25, 2016
Without a credible threat that USG can and will use #NSA capabilities to publicly attribute responsibility, such hacks will become common.— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) July 25, 2016
This is the only case in which mass surveillance has actually proven effective. Though I oppose in principle, it is a mistake to ignore.— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) July 25, 2016
So there you have it: if you want to know if the Russians "did it", just get a credible, accurate answer from the NSA.
The only problem is getting a "credible and accurate" answer from what is fundamentally a biased, political organization.
But perhaps the biggest irony is that while half the US is accusing Russia of hacking the DNC, it was the US government that was exposed specifically authorizing the hacking of political parties.