Guccifer 2.0, the hacker responsible for breaching the Democratic National Committee server last week, released another set of documents on Tuesday.
The documents, released in a blog post titled “Dossier on Hillary Clinton from DNC,” detail Hillary Clinton’s weaknesses as a candidate, including a collection of potentially damaging press clips about the Clinton Foundation and a list of defenses against attacks on her private email use, reports the Washington Examiner.
According to Guccifer 2.0, the DNC colluded with the presumptive Democratic nominee in helping engineer a range of defenses which offset Hillary Clinton’s “vulnerabilities” as a presidential candidate. One of the files in the dossier, a 42-page document titled “Clinton Foundation Vulnerabilities Master Doc FINAL,” contains a collection of “vulnerable” news stories about the Clinton Foundation that Democratic party officials would need to address during the campaign trail.
Another set of documents, named “HRC Defense Master Doc,” specifically discuss the line of arguments to be followed in countering criticism on issues such as U.S. military intervention in Libya, the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack, and the now-infamous Clinton email server controversy.
A document, titled “2016 Democrats Positions Cheat Sheet,” list the Democratic Party’s major policy issues and indicate where Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, Lincoln Chafee, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden — all possible rivals for the Democratic nomination — stood on each issue.
While the DNC has tried to refrain from commenting on the authenticity of the claims made in the documents, Crowdstrike — the cyber firm that manages DNC’s digital infrastructure — along with several security experts, have appeared to insinuate that the hacker might have been sponsored by the Russian government.
“Our experts are confident in their assessment that the Russian government hackers were the actors responsible for the breach detected in April, and we believe that the subsequent release and the claims around it may be a part of a disinformation campaign by the Russians,” said a senior DNC official, outlining the committee’s belief that the Kremlin is behind the cyber attack.
But in an exclusive chat with Vice after the release of the second set of potentially damaging leaks on Tuesday, Guccifer 2.0 quashed those allegations, saying that he “hates being attributed to Russia.”
“I don’t like Russians and their foreign policy. I hate being attributed to Russia.”
Moreover, Guccifer 2.0 said that he first breached into DNC servers in the summer of 2015, when he realized that he could exploit an unknown vulnerability in NGP VAN, which is a software provider for the DNC, to hack into the DNC servers.
The release of the Guccifer 2.0 documents, as much as they falsify DNC’s apparent “neutral” stance towards its candidates, also sheds a disturbing light on allegations that the committee colluded with Hillary Clinton in nullifying the threats posed by her rivals, including Bernie Sanders.
In a document titled “2016 Democrats on Charleston Shooting,” the DNC researchers highlighted a talking point against Bernie Sanders, insinuating that the issue of guns is not important to the Vermont senator. But, unlike in the case of Hillary Clinton, they didn’t recommend any rebuttals, showing that the researchers at DNC almost appeared to assume that Clinton was going to be the eventual nominee.
Such hints of collusion directly contradict Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s claims that the DNC remained “neutral in this primary, based on [the DNC] rules.”
It remains to be seen if the release of the new documents will create further trouble for Hillary Clinton, but it has certainly given weight to accusations that the Democratic National Committee played a big role in rigging the elections in favor of their preferred candidate.
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