Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: RNC 2016: A literal shitshow

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  • linger, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Man. Chur, Ian.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1944 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to linger,

    Chur, mate!

    H/T Robyn Gallagher

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Well, that escalated quickly.

    The Democratic National Committee reported some weeks back that it had suffered an attack on its email systems by Russian hackers.

    The fruit of that attack showed up yesterday in the hands of Wikileaks, which has now published 20,000 emails. The contents of the emails may make some DNC staffers cringe – there might even be someone let go by the time it’s done – but there are no bombshells so far. It’s not like it was a secret that the DNC and the Sanders camp weren’t getting on at the time, but one email in particular suggesting that the committee's CFO was looking for a way to publicly play on Sanders' atheism is a bad look.

    The problem is that the email dump contains the unredacted personal information – credit card and Social Security numbers, passport details – of more than a thousand donors who have done nothing wrong. They’ve been doxxed by Wikileaks and it seems like a deliberate attempt to intimidate.

    Quite a few people are drawing the conclusion that Putin is behind all this. Which wouldn’t be too surprising given Assange’s previous accommodations with the Russian leadership.

    Meanwhile Josh Marshall has gathered evidence suggesting that there’s more than mutual admiration binding Putin and Trump. Notably, the Trump projects that have received very big infusions of cash from shady interests close to Putin.

    There is something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of circumstantial evidence for a financial relationship between Trump and Putin or a non-tacit alliance between the two men. Even if you draw no adverse conclusions, Trump’s financial empire is heavily leveraged and has a deep reliance on capital infusions from oligarchs and other sources of wealth aligned with Putin. That’s simply not something that can be waved off or ignored.

    Meanwhile, Julian Assange has lost the plot on the Wikileaks Twitter account as he touts the DNC emails; tweeting weird anti-semitic messages, deleting them, then tweeting again. It really seems there’s something very ugly going on here.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The Democratic National Committee reported some weeks back that it had suffered an attack on its email systems by Russian hackers.

    Is anyone else having Nixon flashbacks?

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Russell Brown,

    there’s something very ugly going on here.

    Im not sure if the term laissez-faire can be applied to ways we fool ourselves.
    But some people seem to think so...aint nothing second guessing them.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1891 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Here's the Wikileaks DNC email dump -- 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments which they describe as "part one of our new Hillary Leaks series." Implying there's more to come.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report Reply

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