The Washington Free Beacon reported:
The Time’s examination of the election-related cyber attacks, compiled through interviews with dozens of those targeted, found that the DNC’s “series of missed signals, slow responses, and a continuing underestimation of the seriousness of the cyberattack” enabled Russia to “roam freely through” the committee’s network for nearly seven months without pushback.
When the FBI attempted to alert a DNC tech-support contractor that a hacker had breached the committee’s protected network, the staffer conducted a brief search of the DNC computer system logs to look for signs of intrusion. Even after the FBI continued to call over several weeks, the tech worker did little to heed the bureau’s warnings. According to an internal memo, the staffer said he “had no way of differentiating the call I just received from a prank call,” the Times reported.
Andrew Brown, the DNC’s technology director, knew the tech contractor was taking calls from the FBI, but was preoccupied with evidence suggesting that the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) had improperly accessed Hillary Clinton’s campaign data.
The Times also noted that the Obama administration’s reluctance to act made the problem worse:
The White House’s reluctance to respond forcefully meant the Russians have not paid a heavy price for their actions, a decision that could prove critical in deterring future cyberattacks. … [Obama] made a decision that many in the White House now regret: He did not name Russians publicly. … So the Russians escalated again–breaking into systems not just for espionage, but to publish or broadcast what they found.
As the Free Beacon reported, it wasn’t until October — months after reports from intelligence officials claimed that the Russians were behind the DNC hacks — that the Obama administration pointed the finger at the Russians formally.
These “reports” have been swirling around for some time. It’s odd to see people act as if the charges are something new and really as if it’s surprising that they are being used by the Left (and establishment Republican hacks) to undermine the election.
This whole fake news narrative was set up by the Democrats and their propaganda arm known as the mainstream media for months as a fail-safe should they lose the election.
Whether or not it will do anything remains to be seen, but the straw-grasping by the Democrats is certainly anything but surprising.
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