The Democratic National Committee was not hacked by Russia — nor by anyone else — but instead was "an inside job by someone with access to the DNC's system," according to a report in The Nation.

"There was no hack of the Democratic National Committee's system on July 5 last year — not by the Russians, not by anyone else," according to the Nation's report, referencing conclusions by a group of former NSA computer experts.

"Hard science now demonstrates it was a leak — a download executed locally with a memory key or a similarly portable data-storage device.

"In short, it was an inside job by someone with access to the DNC's system," the experts concluded, since a remote hack of the committee's servers — with the volume of data stolen — would have been technologically impossible.

"This casts serious doubt on the initial 'hack,' as alleged, that led to the very consequential publication of a large store of documents on WikiLeaks last summer," the experts concluded.

In addition, the experts found forensic evidence proving the initial documents published by the hacker Guccifer 2.0 were forgeries intended to finger Moscow.

"Forensic investigations of documents made public two weeks prior to the July 5 leak by the person or entity known as Guccifer 2.0 show that they were fraudulent," the experts said.

"Before Guccifer posted them, they were adulterated by cutting and pasting them into a blank template that had Russian as its default language.

"Guccifer took responsibility on June 15 for an intrusion the DNC reported on June 14 and professed to be a WikiLeaks source — claims essential to the official narrative implicating Russia in what was soon cast as an extensive hacking operation.

"To put the point simply," the experts concluded, "forensic science now devastates this narrative."

The Nation's report, published Wednesday, details the extensive findings by "qualified experts working independently of one another."

They began working on the DNC case "immediately after the July 2016 events," according to the report.

These experts are part of a group called the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), established in 2003 to investigate claims by the George W. Bush administration that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

The group now has 30 members, most of whom have "decades of experience in matters concerning Russian intelligence and the related technologies," the Nation reported.

In its findings, VIPS determined the NSA had the technical ability to find out exactly what happened because the agency's publicly known programs can capture all electronic data transfers.

"If NSA cannot produce such evidence — and quickly — this would probably mean it does not have any," the report concluded.

Besides addressing the technological issues surrounding the DNC breach and the Guccifer 2.0 drop, the VIPS report debunks a chronology of events surrounding the hack that led Democrats to finger WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a Moscow operative in the breach.

It includes the June 12 warning from Assange it would publish hacked documents on Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign to Guccifer 2.0's second claim, July 5, that he had remotely breached the DNC servers.

"With his June 12 announcement," the Nation's observed, "Assange effectively put the DNC on notice that it had a little time, probably not much, to act preemptively against the imminent publication of damaging documents.

"Did the DNC quickly conjure Guccifer from thin air to create a cyber-saboteur whose fingers point to Russia?" the magazine asked.

"There is no evidence of this one way or the other, but emphatically it is legitimate to pose the question in the context of the VIPS chronology.

"WikiLeaks began publishing on July 22," the Nation reported.

"By that time, the case alleging Russian interference in the 2016 elections process was taking firm root.

"In short order," the magazine reported, "Assange would be written down as a 'Russian agent.'"

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/hack-dnc-wikileaks-julian-assange/...

NO...say it isn't so...

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Even this Communist publication KNOWS that the bogus 'Russian, Russia, Russia', narrative is complete bullshit! The bogus Democrat inspired investigation by Robert Mueller should immediately cease it's obviously biased political Witch Hunt,.....NOW!

Isn't it interesting ...  the MSM continues to ignore the scientific evidence proving that the DNC Email servers were not hacked by ANYONE... It is also very telling that the DNC  servers were NEVER examined by the FBI... that there is no forensic evidence to demonstrate that the servers were ever hacked.  This point needs to be drummed over and over by the Administration and Congress... until the MSM drops their assault on the president.  

What we have here is evidence of sedition... the manufacturing of a narrative to take down a sitting government.  That deserves the DOJ's, FBI's, and Special Counsels attention... more than the fake news that Russia colluded with the Trump Campaign to hack the DNC's Email servers... and then somehow rigged the election. 

On this issue, we are all being played BIG TIME. Yep! We're being played by the DEMs, the propaganda media and the GOP. Nothing has changed. The DEMs will just never get over losing an election, especially after exhausting ALL of their dirty tricks. The corrupt Left-wing media is of course, so predictable. It's a simple equation; DEM president = good and GOP president = Bad. We endured eight years of misery, but nary a negative comment on that skinny fraud's amateur performance. Now we have Donald Trump as president and we have to hear a lot of bogus media negativity, 24/7. Sadly the spineless GOP establishment have shown their true disgusting RINO colors on ALL of these matters. They would rather have lost their current tremendous unused power, than perform like a party with real principles and demonstrate to their voters that they can govern. Well we all know now, ...........they CANNOT!

Regarding the dangerous Mueller investigation, not only has there never been a single shred of evidence found regarding the so-called Russia, Russia, Russia collusion accusations, - in reality, the Mueller witch hunt is a complete boondoggle distraction. It's totally designed to smear Donald Trump and have him removed from office.

We know that it will probably be based on some despicable legal trick, involving erroneous testimony by any unsuspecting individual that they chose to ensnare. I feel that this political sham is headed towards another Scooter Libby scenario. In the meantime, the genuine criminals (backed by tons of evidence) are Obama's staffers and Hillary's entire election campaign.

So I ask, where are all the law and order dudes , like Trey Gowdy, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and the rest of the Freedom caucus to push back on this extreme and historic government corruption? 

I do NOT want another go-nowhere congressional hearing. They're always a joke. Why bother with that useless media circus nonsense? All the DEMs habitually lie right to their faces and they do it under oath. Why? Because it just doesn't matter to them and doesn't mean squat how they testify. The track record proves that no one will ever be held accountable and no one in DC gives a rat's ass. And yes, that would include the spineless GOP as well. 

I agree ONE THOUSAND PERCENT.  I'm sick of investigations and hearings.  We watch person after person called, lie, cover-up, witnesses charged with contempt, and yet NOBODY is charged with a crime or sent to prison.  It's just a big circus to satisfy the brainless idiots who oblivious to how we're being played

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz' ex-IT aide indicted on 4 counts

Imran Awan, a former IT aide for Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was indicted Thursday on four counts including bank fraud and making false statements.

The indictment also includes his wife Hina Alvi. The grand jury decision in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia comes roughly a month after Awan was arrested at Dulles airport in Virginia trying to board a plane to Pakistan, where his family is from.

Awan and other IT aides for House Democrats have been on investigators’ radar for months over concerns of possible double-billing, alleged equipment theft, and access to sensitive computer systems. Most lawmakers fired Awan in February, but Schultz had kept him on until his arrest in July.

The indictment itself, which merely represents formal charges and is not a finding of guilt, addresses separate allegations that Awan and his wife engaged in a conspiracy to obtain home equity lines of credit from the Congressional Federal Credit Union by giving false information about two properties – and then sending the proceeds to individuals in Pakistan.

The case has put renewed scrutiny on Wasserman Schultz for keeping Awan on the payroll for months, even after a criminal investigation was revealed and he was barred from the House IT network.  

Awan and other family members for years had a lucrative arrangement for IT-related work on Capitol Hill for House Democrats. According to The Daily Caller, the members of the Pakistani family made at least $4 million since 2009.

In a recent interview published in the Sun Sentinel, Wasserman Schultz blamed the “right-wing media circus fringe” for the attention on Awan.

The former head of the Democratic National Committee suggested it's all part of an effort to distract from the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign and possible ties to President Trump's team. 

“Any opportunity they can to pull people’s eyes and ears away from that they take,” Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the newspaper.

Her colleagues in Congress, though, say there are serious security implications in her former staffer's case. “We have to investigate how our systems may have been compromised,” Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., recently told “Fox & Friends.”

Though Awan was barred from the IT network, Wasserman Schultz’ spokesman David Damron told Fox News their office worked with the House Chief Administrative Officer to arrange for the employee to keep providing “valuable services without access to the House network.”

Awan, 37, of Virginia, earlier pleaded not guilty to a single count of bank fraud.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/17/wasserman-schultz-ex-it-...

"In a recent interview published in the Sun Sentinel, Wasserman Schultz blamed the “right-wing media circus fringe” for the attention on Awan."

Hey dumbass DWS....IF...IF...the entire media groups were doing their jobs, they would have ALL been putting the spotlight on Awan and his entire family. 

And.....IF......the media were REALLY doing it's job, they'd have that spotlight shining hard and bright on all the corruption in the DNC and exposing you to your fan club for what you REALLY are.

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ALERT ALERT

FBI Text Should Alarm Every American

Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the reported FBI lovebirds, are the poster children for the next “Don’t Text and Investigate” public service ads airing soon at an FBI office near you.

Their extraordinary texting affair on their government phones has given the FBI a black eye, laying bare a raw political bias brought into the workplace that agents are supposed to check at the door when they strap on their guns and badges.

It is no longer in dispute that they held animus for Donald Trump, who was a subject of their Russia probe, or that they openly discussed using the powers of their office to “stop” Trumpfrom becoming president. The only question is whether any official acts they took in the Russia collusion probe were driven by those sentiments.

The Justice Department’s inspector general is endeavoring to answer that question.

For any American who wants an answer sooner, there are just five words, among the thousands of suggestive texts Page and Strzok exchanged, that you should read.

That passage was transmitted on May 19, 2017. “There’s no big there there,” Strzok texted.

The date of the text long has intrigued investigators: It is two days after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee an investigation into alleged collusion between Trump and the Russia campaign.

Since the text was turned over to Congress, investigators wondered whether it referred to the evidence against the Trump campaign.

This month, they finally got the chance to ask. Strzok declined to say — but Page, during a closed-door interview with lawmakers, confirmed in the most pained and contorted way that the message in fact referred to the quality of the Russia case, according to multiple eyewitnesses.

The admission is deeply consequential. It means Rosenstein unleashed the most awesome powers of a special counsel to investigate an allegation that the key FBI officials, driving the investigation for 10 months beforehand, did not think was “there.”

By the time of the text and Mueller’s appointment, the FBI’s best counterintelligence agents had had plenty of time to dig. They knowingly used a dossier funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign — which contained uncorroborated allegations — to persuade the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to issue a warrant to monitor Trump campaign adviser Carter Page (no relation to Lisa Page).

They sat on Carter Page’s phones and emails for nearly six months without getting evidence that would warrant prosecuting him. The evidence they had gathered was deemed so weak that their boss, then-FBI Director James Comey, was forced to admit to Congress after being fired by Trump that the core allegation remained substantially uncorroborated.

In other words, they had a big nothing burger. And, based on that empty-calorie dish, Rosenstein authorized the buffet menu of a special prosecutor that has cost America millions of dollars and months of political strife.

The work product Strzok created to justify the collusion probe now has been shown to be inferior: A Clinton-hired contractor produced multiple documents accusing Trump of wrongdoing during the election; each was routed to the FBI through a different source or was used to seed news articles with similar allegations that further built an uncorroborated public narrative of Trump-Russia collusion. Most troubling, the FBI relied on at least one of those news stories to justify the FISA warrant against Carter Page.

That sort of multifaceted allegation machine, which can be traced back to a single source, is known in spy craft as “circular intelligence reporting,” and it’s the sort of bad product that professional spooks are trained to spot and reject.

But Team Strzok kept pushing it through the system, causing a major escalation of a probe for which, by his own words, he knew had “no big there there.”

The answer as to why a pro such as Strzok would take such action has become clearer, at least to congressional investigators. That clarity comes from the context of the other emails and text messages that surrounded the May 19, 2017, declaration.

It turns out that what Strzok and Lisa Page were really doing that day was debating whether they should stay with the FBI and try to rise through the ranks to the level of an assistant director (AD) or join Mueller’s special counsel team.

“Who gives a f*ck, one more AD like [redacted] or whoever?” Strzok wrote, weighing the merits of promotion, before apparently suggesting what would be a more attractive role: “An investigation leading to impeachment?”

Lisa Page apparently realized the conversation had gone too far and tried to reel it in. “We should stop having this conversation here,” she texted back, adding later it was important to examine “the different realistic outcomes of this case.”

A few minutes later Strzok texted his own handicap of the Russia evidence: “You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there’s no big there there.”

So the FBI agents who helped drive the Russia collusion narrative — as well as Rosenstein’s decision to appoint Mueller — apparently knew all along that the evidence was going to lead to “nothing” and, yet, they proceeded because they thought there was still a possibility of impeachment.

Impeachment is a political outcome. The only logical conclusion, then, that congressional investigators can make is that political bias led these agents to press an investigation forward to achieve the political outcome of impeachment, even though their professional training told them it had “no big there there.”

And that, by definition, is political bias in action.

How concerned you are by this conduct is almost certainly affected by your love or hatred for Trump. But put yourself for a second in the hot seat of an investigation by the same FBI cast of characters: You are under investigation for a crime the agents don’t think occurred, but the investigation still advances because the desired outcome is to get you fired from your job.

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 Trump Poised To Take
 Control Of The Federal Reserve 

  • The Fed doesn’t stabilize markets and money — it does the opposite
  • President Trump sharply criticized the Federal Reserve this week, saying interest rate increases are hurting the economy.
  • Trump will have the opportunity to fashion the central bank in the image he would like as he has four vacancies to fill on the board of governors.
  • The result could be a more politicized Fed.

President Donald Trump has multiple reasons as to why he should take control of the Federal Reserve. He will do so both because he can and because his broader policies argue that he should do so. The president is anti-overregulating American industry. The Fed is a leader in pushing stringent regulation on the nation. By raising interest rates and stopping the growth in the money supply it stands in the way of further growth in the American economy.

First, He Can

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve is required to have seven members. It has three. Two of the current governors were put into their position by President Trump. Two more have been nominated by the president and are awaiting confirmation by the Senate. After these two are put on the Fed’s board, the president will then nominate two more to follow them. In essence, it is possible that six of the seven Board members will be put in place by Trump.

The Federal Open Market Committee has 12 members and sets the nation’s monetary policy. Seven of the 12 are the members of the Board of Governors. Five additional are Federal Reserve district bank presidents. Other than the head of the Fed bank in New York, who was nominated by the president, the other four can only take their positions as district bank presidents if the board in Washington agrees to their hiring. One of these, the Fed Bank president in Minneapolis, Neel Kashkari, is already arguing for no further rate increases.

Second, Regulation

Following the passage of the Dodd Frank Act in July 2010, the Fed was given enormous power to regulate the banking industry. It moved quickly to implement a number of new rules. The Fed set up a system that would penalize banks that failed to obey its new rules. These rules included setting limits as to how big an individual bank could be; how much money the banks had to invest in fed funds and Treasurys as a percent of their assets; which loans were desirable and which were not; where the banks had to obtain their funding and many, many, more up to and including how much a bank could pay its investors in dividends.

These rules have meaningfully slowed bank investments in the economy (the Volcker Rule) and they have had a crippling effect on bank lending in the housing markets (other agencies have had an impact here also).

Thus, of all of the government agencies the Fed has been possibly the most restrictive. The president has already moved to correct these excesses by putting in place a new Fed Governor (Randal Quarles) to regulate the banking industry.

Three, Killing Economic Growth

In the second quarter of 2018, the growth in non-seasonally adjusted money supply (M2) has been zero. That’s right, the money supply did not grow at all. This is because the Fed is shrinking its balance sheet ultimately by $50 billion per month. In addition, the Fed has raised interest rates seven times since Q4 2015. Supposedly there are five more rate increases coming.

This is the tightest monetary policy since Paul Volcker headed the institution in the mid-1980s. It will be recalled his policies led to back-to-back recessions. Current Fed monetary policy is directly in conflict with the president’s economic goals.

Moreover, the Treasury is estimating it will pay $415 billion in interest on the federal debt in this fiscal year. A better estimate might be $450 billion if rates keep going up. There are a lot of bridges and tunnels and jobs that could be created with this money.

Then there is inflation. It is likely to rise if the Fed eases its policies. If that happens paying down the federal debt becomes easier. On a less desirable note, higher interest rates lower real estate values. Lower rates that stimulate inflation increase real estate values.

Bottom Line

The president can and will take control of the Fed. It may be recalled when the law was written creating the Federal Reserve the secretary of the Treasury was designated as the head of the Federal Reserve. We are going to return to that era. Like it or not the Fed is about to be politicized.

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