DNC Hack Involved Russian Agents "Within The Democratic Party": Unreleased Steele Memo

Shortly after WikiLeaks released emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on July 26, 2016, former UK spy Christopher Steele filed a memo with his employer, Fusion GPS, claiming that the DNC "hack" during the 2016 election involved Russian agents "within the Democratic Party structure itself," The New Yorker reports.

On July 26, 2016, after WikiLeaks disseminated the D.N.C. e-mails, Steele filed yet another memo, this time claiming that the Kremlin was “behind” the hacking, which was part of a Russian cyber war against Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Many of the details seemed far-fetched: Steele’s sources claimed that the digital attack involved agents “within the Democratic Party structure itself,” as well as Russian émigrés in the U.S. and “associated offensive cyber operators.”

The unverified claim was contained within a multitude of memos compiled by Steele on behalf of Fusion GPS, which was conducting opposition research on then-candidate Donald Trump for Hillary Clinton and the DNC. 

Of note, the 35-page "Trump-Russia" dossier used in part by the FBI to obtain a FISA warrant on one-time Trump campaign advisor Carter Page was comprised of seventeen of Steele's memos - including one which alleged that Trump had paid "a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him," which would defile a bed that Barack and Michelle Obama had slept in during a state visit - an allegation attributed to four individuals' second-hand reporting. 

The shocking claim comes amid recent reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is preparing criminal charges against Russian hackers allegedly behind the breaches of both the DNC and John Podesta's email.

NBC News reports:

Much like the indictment Mueller filed last month charging a different group of Russians in a social media trolling and illegal-ad-buying scheme, the possible new charges are expected to rely heavily on secret intelligence gathered by the CIA, the FBI, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), several of the officials say. […] Mueller’s consideration of charges accusing Russians in the hacking case has not been reported previously. Sources say he has long had sufficient evidence to make a case, but strategic issues could dictate the timing. Potential charges include violations of statutes on conspiracy, election law as well as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

The sources say the possible new indictment — or more than one, if that’s how Mueller’s office decides to proceed — would delve into the details of, and the people behind, the Russian intelligence operation that used hackers to penetrate computer networks and steal emails of both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Meanwhile, as we have been reporting, Mueller has yet to even reach out to Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, or New Zealand entrepreneur Kim Dotcom - who clearly knew of the upcoming email leaks before they were dropped. While Assange has heavily insinuated it was DNC staffer Seth Rich, Dotcom has gone "all in" over the last few months - tweeting that he knows Seth Rich was Wikileaks' source, Rich used a memory stick, and that Dotcom himself was involved. 

As Josh Caplan of TGP notes, In Donna Brazile's book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House,” the Democrat operative admits the DNC allowed alleged Russian hackers to steal data from the party’s servers. From the Daily Caller:

Donna Brazile says in her new book the Democratic National Committee (DNC) went against professional advice and sat idly for a month while Russians stole data because primaries were still underway in a number of states.

In May, when CrowdStrike recommended that we take down our system and rebuild it, the DNC told them to wait a month, because the state primaries for the presidential election were still underway, and the party and the staff needed to be at their computers to manage these efforts,” Brazile wrote in her new book, “Hacks.”

“For a whole month, CrowdStrike watched Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear operating. Cozy Bear was the hacking force that had been in the DNC system for nearly a year.”

Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear are cybersecurity firms that have reported ties with Russian hackers. Both groups are blamed for the hacks on the DNC in 2016. CrowdStrike is a private U.S. cybersecurity firm that oversaw the protection of the DNC’s servers.

Nothing to see here folks - just Trump's enemies using Steele's unverified memos with info from high level Kremlin officials when it benefits them, while ignoring the ones which suggest "insiders" was involved in the DNC hack.


pods ???ö? Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:35 Permalink

I am sooooo tired of this Russian hacking, collusion, meddling bullshit.

They are just not going to stop until we are trading missiles with Russia. Then they will say that they were right all along, when in fact they started the damn thing.

And why is ANYONE listening to this lying SOB Steele?  

Man the media disgusts me in this country. I wish I could find a way to consume less of their product, but I already have no TV, turn off the radio news in a heartbeat when I hear it come on, and visit none of their websites.


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EddieLomax Moe Hamhead Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:34 Permalink

Its a similar reaction here, sometimes I watch some mainstream news, but only out of curiosity.

I had to take a train recently and read the gist of someone's magazine stories over their shoulder, the articles were both simplistic and moronic.  It is amazing how people can abuse their brains so badly, staring at a brick wall is more intellectually stimulating that reading that garbage.

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FBaggins Joe Davola Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:45 Permalink

If we really want the truth then we have to stop relying on what people say just because we like them, or we think they are on our side, and instead we have to examine the interests of the various sources. Only then we can make better decisions. At this stage of the game the deep state can no longer blame with any credibility Russian hacking as the source of the alleged leak. The know it came directly from the DNC. However, the deep state has a priority (a very strong interest) to keep the heat on Russia.

The deep state (the oligarchs, MIC, and intelligence community, which controls the media and most politicians) whether or not it actually helped Trump by harming Hillary is immaterial.  The election is over and there was never any real resolve in the deep state to impeach Trump or to jail Hillary and their never will be. The reason should be obvious.

The only thing consistent in the Russian collusion and election rigging nonsense is the groundless and unrelenting vilification of Russia, blaming Putin for everything. Just as we see grandiose deep state theatrics for the US to obtain access to strategic rare-earth resources in North Korea, we see the similar deep state orchestrated theatrics falsely alleging that Russians rigged or interfered in the US Presidential election. Russia's Putin is the main obstacle to the Western bankster-corporate cabal obtaining resource and geopolitical hegemony over the entire planet.   That is the main fact.  It is the main reason to subject that nation to constant vilification, sanctions, and military aggression and provocation. 

The disproportionate ongoing emphasis on the fake story that Russia meddled in the US election, not only serves to stir up suspicions and fears regarding Russia in the generally brain-numbed population, but mainly at this stage, and by the sheer fact that the deep state has carried this rouse so far down the field, the only rational conclusion one can make is that the deep state is going to interfere in the Russian elections in a very major way to ensure that Putin and his cronies - those wicked  oil and gas nationalizers, those heinous enemies of the Rothschild banksters and their plans for an expanded US Fed to the auspices of their proposed One World Bank;  those upstart renegades who support nations which choose to trade oil without US petrodollars; those evil monsters who oppose globalism and defend their own nation’s sovereignty and other nations like Syria which call for help.

The deep state cabal will likely spend tens, if not hundreds, of billions of US dollars interfering in the Russian election. Presently they are most likely bribing, blackmailing, and intimidating thousands of people to swing and rig the election to ensure Putin does not win. “You did it to us.” Will be their justification when Putin complains.

Good luck Vlad and F the deep state.  


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AutoLode FBaggins Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:00 Permalink

I have always thought a president should be as friendly as possible with the Rooskies we know from history they are tough SOB's and we cannot defeat them so keep your friends close and your enemies closer all this MIC etc scheming will get us all irradiated at best. In a bar fight I'll take a tough partner on my side any day I could care less if he goes to church or who he screws

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veritas semper… FBaggins Wed, 03/07/2018 - 13:46 Permalink

Well said. Mr. Putin snatched YUKOS  oil and gas company from Khodorkovsky 's chosen hands ,when he was about to sell(give it) it to the chief zionist Rothschild . It became ROSNEFT ,one of the most successful companies now. They tried to extort 50 Bil from Russia after this in different kangaroo courts . But Russia and Mr. Putin (who has a degree in International Law).

District court of the Hague reversed the decision of the Hague arbitration, which obliged Russia to pay 50 billion to former YUKOS shareholders, according to Bloomberg.

This is the root of the problem And the powerful proof that Mr. Putin IS NOT A ZIONIST ,but a patriot .

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ebear FBaggins Wed, 03/07/2018 - 15:00 Permalink

"Presently they are most likely bribing, blackmailing, and intimidating thousands of people to swing and rig the election to ensure Putin does not win."

I seriously doubt that.  They can make trouble for him, no doubt, but defeat him in an election?  Not going to happen.

After everything that's been done to Russia, anyone who thinks that a pro-western candidate has a ghost of a chance at winning is seriously delusional.



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SDShack Joe Davola Wed, 03/07/2018 - 14:11 Permalink

The DNC couldn't push for the Feds to investigate this because the DNC knew they were compromised, and therefore knew their collusion to deny Bernie and his supporters the nomination and appoint Hitlery instead was known by leakers/hackers. Going to the Feds to investigate this would mean risking exposure of their shafting of Bernie. LOL! They figured they could just bury all this once Hitlery won. Now their entire web is unraveling and all they can do is double/triple/quadruple down on the lie and hope Mueller somehow protects them because they have NOTHING ELSE! It's the DNC/Clinton/0zer0 Crime Cabal that is in survival mode here, not Trump.

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Ristretto X4 pods Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:46 Permalink

About every couple of months I put on National Propaganda Radio to jack my BP. Yesterday, they led the news with 3 stories about this russian sack-o-5hit drivel. Why is tax money taken from me to support this democrap propaganda radio?

President Trump, DE-FUND NPR ASAP!

Thanks for letting me froth!

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crazzziecanuck pods Wed, 03/07/2018 - 13:00 Permalink

This story about internal Russian moles inside the DNC would have been believable ... a year ago.

These people have to be the worst investigators known to man.  I personally don't believe it now because this information if it was genuine would have been leaked right from the start of Mueller's investi^H^H^H^H^H witch hunt.

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MoreFreedom pods Wed, 03/07/2018 - 14:31 Permalink

"And why is ANYONE listening to this lying SOB Steele?"

Because Hillary paid him to talk to a bunch of reporters and the FBI, and Hillary has also paid many reporters (via allowing access or other favors) to listen to him.

Mueller might indict some Russians (not in the country) for hacking the DNC and Podesta, but he has no evidence of it other than the Democrat paid for report from CrowdStrike, which is hearsay at best.  Simply because there won't be a trail where he has to show evidence of the hacking.   But it furthers the narrative Obama/Clinton want. 

That neither the DNC or Podesta allowed the FBI to investigate their servers, tells you they wanted to control the message to something favorable for the Democrats, because the truth is far less favorable.  That Hillary erased her server, and any evidence of its hacking, tells you it was likely hacked, and likely by Putin's hackers, to blackmail Obama/Clinton in providing flexibility and appeasement (which they provided plenty of).   

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