A report in The New York Times published Tuesday revealed that a typo by a staffer with Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign led to campaign chairman John Podesta’s email being hacked, beginning the snowball that would become the Clinton WikiLeaks document dumps.
Podesta was hacked — purportedly by groups with links to Russia — after he fell for a phishing scheme that grabbed his password after directing him to a hacker-run site that he believed would change his Gmail login information.
However, Podesta only fell for it after a staffer typed the word “legitimate” instead of “illegitimate” in an email regarding the phishing scam.
“This is a legitimate email,” Charles Delavan, a Clinton campaign aide, wrote to one of Podesta’s aides. “John needs to change his password immediately.”
Delavan, however, had meant to type “illegitimate.”
According to The Times’ article, the latest revelations also involved Billy Rinehart, a former Democrat National Committee official who was working as a regional field director for Clinton’s campaign. During a vacation, Rinehart “got an odd email warning from Google.”
“Someone just used your password to try to sign into your Google account,” the email read. “Google stopped this sign-in attempt. You should change your password immediately.”
It also stated that the sign-in attempt had come from the Ukraine.
“Mr. Rinehart was in Hawaii at the time. He remembers checking his email at 4 a.m. for messages from East Coast associates. Without thinking much about the notification, he clicked on the ‘change password’ button and half asleep, as best he can remember, he typed in a new password,” The Times reported.
You can probably guess where this goes from here: “What he did not know until months later is that he had just given the Russian hackers access to his email account.”
Once you sift out the requisite liberal bias and Russia-blaming, The New York Times’ article painted a damning picture of campaign that had little idea of how to keep important information secure.
Perhaps the most surprising revelation was that the FBI had alerted the DNC that a hacking group with links to Russia was in their system, but the FBI’s contact with the DNC was slow to respond to the threat because he thought that the FBI agent might be a prank caller or a counterintelligence agent, and didn’t verify their identity until it was too late.
“There were aspirations to ensure that the DNC was well protected against cyberintruders — and then there was the reality,” The Times article reads. “The DNC was a nonprofit group, dependent on donations, with a fraction of the security budget that a corporation its size would have.”
Adding insult to injury, The Times’ article came one day before a Politico expose revealed that millions of DNC dollars “to drum up urban turnout out of fear that Trump would win the popular vote while losing the electoral vote, got dumped into Chicago and New Orleans, far from anywhere that would have made a difference in the election.”
All of this is remarkable because it shows the mainstream media is now willing to sacrifice Hillary’s credibility to advance the narrative that Putin’s Russia was behind the hack of the Podesta emails.
Throwing the Democrat candidate under the bus, especially when it’s Hillary Clinton, is not normal operating procedure for the mainstream media.
We can read this to mean that the establishment really, really wants us to think Russia was behind the hacks.
The part the establishment doesn’t want us to realize is that ultimately it doesn’t matter. Sure, Putin wanted Trump. Trump said he would be willing to work with him to stamp out terror. All Hillary wanted to do was “overcharge” him with a misspelled reset button and oppose him at every turn, even when he wanted to take the fight to terrorists. Why wouldn’t Putin want to work with Trump instead of Hillary. We conservatives were in the same boat!
But that’s not what the mainstream media’s narrative has developed into. Just to recap: The Democrats didn’t have the money to secure their own information because that money was being spent in urban areas that would make no difference in order to make their victory look better, only they didn’t win because they believed the media’s skewed polling. They also compromised their own data because top Democrat officials are apparently so digitally illiterate that more than one of them gave their Gmail passwords to hacker-run phishing sites. But this is all the Russians’ fault.
All of this — all of it — signals that the establishment has ditched Hillary completely and is now focused solely on trying to delegitmize Trump. They will do anything and everything to try to cast doubt on his win and legitimacy as president.
So, when you hear the media talking about Russian hacks, it’s fine to come back and say “oh no, the info was leaked from inside the Hillary camp.” It certainly could have been. But that really doesn’t matter. What matters is that the establishment has signaled they’re starting a new phase in the war against Trump.
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