Article contributed by: Michael Scott Hollash
Investigators with knowledge of the case have reported recently that they believe it was Russian hackers that have targeted Democratic politicians. They state the scope was larger than it first appeared, breaching the private email accounts of more than 100 party officials and groups.
The widening attack has motivated the FBI to broaden its investigation, and investigators have uncovered a long list of Democratic party leaders and officials whose personal accounts may have been compromised by the Russians.
The primary targets appear to have been the personal accounts of Clinton’s campaign officials, DNC operatives, and several party organizations. The investigation shows that the hackers have gained access to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which fundraises for House Democrats, and to the DNC, which includes a voter analytics program used by Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The investigation is showing that the hackers have extended well beyond the previously reported groups, affecting organizations such as the Democratic Governor’s Association, which has now been confirmed to the New York Times by party members close to the investigation. They state that the party is bracing itself for further damaging internal material that could become public prior to the November presidential election.
The hacking thus far, has already proved to be damaging to the party itself, forcing DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign, along with a few other high-sitting members following her out.
Some Democrats have gone as far as blaming Trump for the hack, a far fetched accusation with absolutely no evidence, which some in the media actually gave coverage for. U.S. intelligence agencies have stated otherwise, as well as Obama, stating that they have “high confidence” that the attack was solely the work of Russian intelligence agencies.
Staff members of the House and Senate Intelligence committees were briefed by FBI officials last week on the investigation into the theft of emails and documents from the DNC. Much of that briefing to the committee staff focused on the fact that U.S. intelligence have virtually no doubt that the Russian government was behind the theft of information.
Clinton aides were concerned about the possibility of an outside breach, after the hacker calling himself “Guccifer” got into the email account in 2013 of Sydney Blumenthal, a longtime confidant of Clinton’s, and who often emailed her on her private server, according to new documents released this past week.
The FBI has now given certain members of Congress notes from interviews and other materials from its investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. The Bureau provided the House Oversight Committee with documents relating to their investigation into Clinton’s email yesterday, and committee officials are now reviewing the information given to them. , the material Along with the House Oversight Committee, the material is supposed to go to the House Intelligence Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Aside from the current ongoing FBI investigation into the breach, and the Congressional review of the case that is now ongoing, there is also current legal litigation against the State Department on their handling, or lack thereof, of the situation prior to and after the breach, and what exactly they were privy to.
Judicial Watch, a conservative legal group who is suing the State Department, have stated that the breaching is the result of pertinent Top Secret information transmitting through an easily hacked server. They filed the lawsuit after the State Department failed to comply with Judicial Watch’s March 10, 2015, Freedom of Information Act request seeking release of any and all records of requests by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or her staff to the State Department Office of Security Technology seeking approval for the use of an iPad or iPhone for official government business; and any and all communications within or between Office of the Secretary of State concerning, regarding, or related to the use of unauthorized electronic devices for official government business.
Between now and November, many in the DNC feel more damaging info is forthcoming.
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