One of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) stolen emails was allegedly labeled “confidential” after a Russian-based hacker stole it, according to The Associated Press. The alteration was ostensibly made to draw the attention of the news media.
After details of an extensive investigation were released Friday, the AP reports that the email in question was published by hacker Guccifer 2.0 in June 2016. The email was said to have come from the DNC; however, it was one of 50,000 emails stolen from John Podesta, former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign.
According to a former DNC official, the “confidential” designation was added to the message after it was stolen.
From the AP: “The official said the word ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ was not in the original document. Guccifer 2.0 had airbrushed it to catch reporters’ attention.”
Clinton, a twice-failed presidential candidate, has often blamed email hacks for her defeat in November 2016, as Guccifer 2.0, WikiLeaks and DCLeaks published more than 150,000 messages stolen from over a dozen Democrats.
Guccifer 2.0 claimed responsibility for hacking the DNC’s computer servers, then leaking the emails to WikiLeaks. Guccifer 2.0, WikiLeaks and DCLeaks all claim that they are not tied to Moscow, although cybersecurity experts believe Guccifer 2.0 is an agent of Russia’s military intelligence service, according to The Washington Examiner.
President Trump believes that Russia-backed hackers had little influence over the outcome of the election. He also maintains that neither he nor members of his campaign team colluded with Russian officials or representatives to gain the presidency.
The AP’s exhaustive study of the hack lays out the details of a Russian-led mission which tried to compromise Clinton’s inner circle and more than 130 Party employees, supporters and contractors.
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