New evidence suggests DNC hackers penetrated deeper than previously thought

“Just weeks after she started preparing opposition research files on Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort last spring, Democratic National Committee consultant Alexandra Chalupa got an alarming message when she logged into her personal Yahoo email account,” Michael Isikoff reports for Yahoo News. “‘Important action required,’ read a pop-up box from a Yahoo security team that is informally known as ‘the Paranoids.’ ‘We strongly suspect that your account has been the target of state-sponsored actors.'”

“Chalupa’s message is among nearly 20,000 hacked internal DNC emails that were posted over the weekend by WikiLeaks as the Democratic Party gathered for its national convention in Philadelphia,” Isikoff reports. “Those emails have already provoked a convulsion in Democratic Party ranks, leading to the resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the wake of posted messages in which she and other top DNC officials privately derided Bernie Sanders and plotted to undercut his insurgent campaign against Hillary Clinton.”

“But Chalupa’s message, which had not been previously reported, stands out: It is the first indication that the reach of the hackers who penetrated the DNC has extended beyond the official email accounts of committee officials to include their private email and potentially the content on their smartphones,” Isikoff reports. “Two sources familiar with the breach said that the hackers’ reach was far more widespread than initially thought and includes personal data about big party contributors and internal “vetting” evaluations that include embarrassing comments about their business dealings (as well as gossipy internal emails about the private affairs of DNC staffers). One newly posted email discusses a prospective DNC donor’s offering to host a fundraiser with President Obama, noting that he had previously been convicted in a case involving allegations that he killed 50 horses, as part of an insurance fraud scheme. Party officials are bracing for more damaging document dumps after Labor Day.”

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WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange
“Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange has threatened to release more Clinton e-mails he claims are so damaging that Clinton will almost certainly be arrested,” Staks Rosch writes for The Huffington Post.

“As I write this, the Democratic Convention is about to begin. The chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz just stepped down as the head of the DNC over the leaked e-mails showing that the DNC had apparently conspired against the Bernie Sanders campaign to hand the nomination over to Hillary Clinton,” Rosch writes. “Almost immediately after her resignation, Wasserman-Schultz was given a position within the Clinton campaign as an honorary chair. With cronyism, loyalty is rewarded even after a scandal.”

“The whole campaign will be about Clinton’s e-mail scandal, the DNC’s e-mail scandal, cronyism, and big money corruption in politics,” Rosch writes. “This was a tough primary battle and there is no doubt that Secretary Clinton won more pledge delegates but as these recent DNC e-mails have shown, the deck had been stacked against Sanders from the beginning and even with that, no SuperPAC, and little name recognition, he has prevented Clinton from getting enough pledge delegates to clinch the nomination. He would almost certainly have won the nomination if the DNC had played fair and the media had given him equal time.”

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118 Comments

  1. First 2014 √
    Then 2016 √

    Barring any black swan event from the corrupt Crooked Hillary Clinton Machine, all internal polling data to which I am privy points to: Trump-Pence in a LANDSLIDE!

      1. “Unless you have a lot of passion about this, you’re not going to survive. You’re going to give it up. So you’ve got to have an idea, or a problem or a wrong that you want to right that you’re passionate about; otherwise, you’re not going to have the perseverance to stick it through.” – Steve Jobs

        If in the very unlikely event that 2016 doesn’t work out, I’ll be “First 2018, Then 2020” and so on, if required, until the goal is achieved.

      1. This “leaking in waves” should be fun because it gives the conspirators (a party-neutral term, you pricks…) ample time to make excuses, spin away, lie, and subvert democracy even further…

        …then the next wave will bring us more leaks and convict the conspirators further.

        *gif of MJ eating popcorn in “Thriller”*

      2. I’ve been traveling all day, but I was unsurprised to log in tonight and see Comrade Botvinnik pushing the party line for Comrade Donald Fredovich Trump. Why should we be surprised that a nation run by billionaire plutocrats who hate individual rights and love squashing their critics like bugs has decided to aid the closest thing we have in America to a Russian oligarch?

        Let’s look at some to the inconsistencies exhibited in the discussion of this article:

        1. Everyone is justifiably offended because the DNC was not impartial during the primaries; the party establishment disfavored the anti-establishment candidate. The posters no longer seem bothered that the RNC did exactly the same thing. They seem similarly unbothered that the Russian Federation is actively assisting one major candidate against the other in the general election. The leak to Assange is just one symptom of that; look at the election coverage on RT News, the Russian English-language media outlet.

        2. Secretary Clinton (who, I will admit, is a deeply flawed human being) is being pilloried as a “rapist enabler” while Julian Assange is literally being nominated for a Nobel Prize. Mr. Clinton has never been charged with any criminal offense, while Mr. Assange is currently under indictment for two counts of rape in Sweden and is a fugitive evading an Interpol warrant.

        3. Secretary Clinton is being criticized for supporting an unfaithful husband who publicly humiliated her and her child by a series of notorious affairs. Meanwhile, Ivana Trump seems to be getting a pass on that. In my opinion, both women acted like most women in an abusive relationship act. The guilty parties, in both cases, are the men concerned. Only one of them is getting a pass here.

        4. Secretary Clinton is being threatened with jail for trusting her professional IT guy to create a secure server that was never provably hacked (if it had been, don’t you think her embarrassing emails would be out there with the DNC’s?). According to the FBI, out of perhaps 30,000 communications on said server, perhaps a hundred or so contained content that was classified at the time, though far fewer confidential communications were labeled as such. Mr. Snowden is being nominated here for a Medal of Freedom because—as a professional IT guy himself who had sworn to preserve official secrets—he stole tens of thousands of emails clearly marked as classified from his employer and deliberately put them on the Internet for all our national enemies to read.

        5. A lot of the posters here pose as Fourth Amendment absolutists who uphold the unbounded right to privacy of every person, even if the privacy facilitates a criminal enterprise. They are mortally offended at the notion that anyone would try to defeat the encryption on their private messages and data, even after obtaining a lawful warrant from a judge. Meanwhile, they celebrate hackers who represent at least as great a threat to privacy as the American government. I am not aware that the NSA has used any of its unlawfully acquired communications to attempt the public humiliation and ruination of any ordinary American citizen. Hackers like the DNC thieves do that as a matter of course. Mr. Assange himself states that he is dribbling out the DNC emails for maximum effect on US electoral politics. American election campaigns should be managed by Americans, not foreigners with an ax to grind.

        6. Most of our posters think that Apple is doing God’s Work by insisting on strong encryption without back doors for government snoops. Meanwhile, the same posters support a candidate who has threatened Apple with massive sanctions both for its stance on encryption and for doing exactly what he has done by relying on offshore manufacturing.

        7. Some posters here pose as conservatives. Ronald Reagan wrote “Government is not the solution, it is the problem,” and ‘’Trust me’ government asks that we concentrate our hopes and dreams on one man; that we trust him to do what’s best for us… My view of government places trust not in one person or one party, but in those values that transcend persons and parties. The trust is where it belongs — in the people.’” Meanwhile, these posters support somebody who says “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it… I have a message to every last person threatening the peace on our streets and the safety of our police: When I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order to our country. Believe me. Believe me.” In the entire history of America, we have never had a candidate (not even FDR) so focused on creating a strong central government under essentially one-man control. For Trump, a strong leader IS the solution, not a problem.

        To anyone who impartially reads this discussion, Comrade Botvinnik is a big-government Libtard.

            1. “America owes Julian Assange as great a debt of gratitude as it owed Lafayette.” Does this mean you think Assange is french? Think it does and definitely puts you in the low information column… or maybe you think Lafayette was Australian, either way you’re f-d.

        1. You’re singing and dancing a lot on your point number four in particular but you make a lot of good points generally.

          Thanks for taking the time.

      3. Let’s see Cheetohead’s tax returns before we get all twisted up in the “Crooked Hillary” business. Any of her violations will be minor compared the the fat boy in the ugly tower.

    1. I wonder if people are learning to write every E-mail as if everyone is reading it and you’re Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King.

      No jokes, no name calling, etc. Write your email as if the last person you want reading it is first on the distribution list.

      1. You know a lot about complete idiots.

        Like Hilliary and her denizens are NOT UNDER the spell of celebrities, academia and the media?

        If you are a thinking person, it is obvious the Dumbocrats are experts at doing everything they blame on the other side.

        They are SHAMELESS AND CLUELESS. Please pay attention!!!

        1. “You know a lot about complete idiots.”

          Indeed, I do. Unfortunately, I work in an environment that includes many who identify as a “conservative” Republican. They are typically low-information voters driven only by what their interpretation of religious doctrine tells them to think or intellectual laziness or, as appears to be the case most of the time, both.

          1. You did not disagree with anything in my post — because you know it’s true.

            Now to address your pivot to paint with the same brush ALL conservatives are low information.

            Nothing could be further from the truth.

            The LIBTARDS that I know CANNOT RATIONALLY DISCUSS ANY ISSUE. Got that?

            All I get and all they got is memorized and repeated empty dogma over and over. Ask an intelligent question and their eyes glaze over. Critical thinking is NOT a strong suit in the liberal universe.

            So, I take it back — you know NOTHING about idiots!

    2. First of all, Fwhatever, it ain’t gonna happen. You will have to change your name once again. Second, you had better hope that the hackers don’t get into Trump’s emails because that would undoubted cause a major uproar. Given what he says in public hole on camera, I cringe to think of what he has stated in emails that he though we’re private communications.

      I am no fan of Hillary Clinton and I certainly wish there were a viable option. But Trump isn’t it. I grew up watching that slimy guy and I would not vote for him ever. The GOP picked just about the crappiest candidate possible next to Cruz.

      1. First of all, KingSmell, it’s GOING TO HAPPEN IN A LANDSLIDE.

        CLINTON CORRUPTION will LOSE!

        And spare us the fantasy wishes of hacking Trump e-mail for the same level of corruption.

        And tell us again how you dislike Hilliary in a transparent attempt to PRETEND to act fair. You are fooling NO ONE.

        You have NO CREDIBILITY, nuff said.

      2. Agree Mel. Cruz would have actually been a worse choice than Trump. Scraping the bottom of the barrel instead of the cream at the top. I’m not a God fearing man but, “God help us all in this whacky political year!”

    1. This kind of thing weighs heavily on Democrats as it exposed the deep level of hypocrisy built into their rhetoric. It also shows the world who they really are, which is anything but the “inclusive” and “tolerant” people they pretend to be. The party is a scam and wherever it goes, pieces of America die.

      While it should be surprising that they would plant people to act as disrupters at Trump events or look for ways to use anti-semitism against Sanders, it is not. They have been and always will be the single most racist institution in this country, and without a doubt the least moral.

      They are the body of people who most desire that I be judged by the color of my skin, or my gender, or my religion over the content of my character. It’s who they are.

      So when these kinds of stones get thrown, they have much more to lose. Without the bodies of lies they construct their image on, they are nothing.

      1. If only they could be more like the noble Trump… batshit crazy Bachmann… let’s set up a theocracy (any number of them)… the thoroughly ethical and not at all hypocritical Chris Christie and many more examples of fine human beings.

        1. I guess KM you have not been paying attention to the administration in charge of Washington the last eight years. Hmm?!?

          Yeah, Hilliary will continue another four years of the current course, and after 12 years of the same old, same old lofty empty platitude rhetoric BS — you KNOW IT — NOTHING WILL CHANGE.

  2. I suspect Debbie Wasserman-Schultz resigned so quickly because she knew that if they had all the emails there were some huge bombs yet to come. I expect huge bombs to come, including a whopper or two very close to the election.

    I feel like we’re watching two gorillas hurling shit at each other; winner gets to be leader of the free world.

    1. Bro, she resigned because she was paid to. That’s what whores do.

      Who would hire a public figure mired in corruption related an email scandal?

      Hillary Clinton.

      They can relate to each other.

      1. Ahem. You obviously don’t know how dangerous a friend is when they are “kicked out of the club.”

        They can turn on you; send out the thugs, the leaks, the reporters, the Feds.

        You keep your members of the mob real close; unless of course they die.

  3. “Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange has threatened to release more Clinton e-mails he claims are so damaging that Clinton will almost certainly be arrested,” Staks Rosch writes for The Huffington Post.”

    I hope that’s true. The Clintons are both crooks with Bill being a sexual deviant while with Lewinski. ANYBODY BUT HILLARY.

      1. Married U.S President vs. 22 year old intern who worked for him. No power imbalance there.

        Bill always chose someone other than Hillary. Shouldn’t you?

  4. The media coverage of the Republican primaries also spelled doom for anyone not Donald Trump. It’s hard to get traction when the press gives 90% of its airtime to one candidate who happens to be your competitor.

    1. With 99% of the mainstream media for Hilary, are you delusional to think that it’s the other way around?

      The German shooter over the weekend had Iranian parents and he shot white people and planned it for a year. But the press downplayed it as just a disturbed nut.

      Then a Syrian asylum seeker gets rejected and blows himself up at the entrance of a concert hall and it’s downplayed by the liberal media because that would support Donald Trump’s position and hurt Hillary. The press downplayed it again as just a single nut. Sorry, you don’t get suicide vests at Walmart, you get them from terrorist cells.

      Obama was about to downplay the Orlando killer as just a nut against gays when at the last moment he had to cancel and delay his press conference because the terrorist was smart enough to call 911 to make it clear it was a terrorist attack.

      Obama, the Democrats and Hillary are pressuring the narrative against terrorist attacks because if offends Muslims. How many more time do we have to hear Obama defend Islam even though the entire Middle East is destroyed because of this crazy ideology and religion gone astray and his policies defending the Muslim Brotherhood and the Arab Spring?

      If you think that 90% of the media is for Trump, you’re a lost cause, Spark. Or did I misunderstand your position?

      1. The media is pushing Trump right now because they MUST have something really bad that they are holding and will hit the headlines at the most opportune moment to take down Trump.
        By doing this, they ignore any real 3rd party choices, general public don’t hear about other choices and assume it’s only Trump or Clinton.

        Don’t overestimate the lying news media to control this election.
        Very sad, but most likely true.

      2. You misunderstood my position. The last sentence in the story above reads, “He would almost certainly have won the nomination if the DNC had played fair and the media had given him equal time.”

        The author was asserting that the media cover balance played a part in Sander’s losing to Hillary. I was trying to note that in the Republican primaries all the candidates who were not Trump also had trouble because of media coverage imbalance. My point being that the media’s decisions on how to cover elections plays an inordinately powerful roll. So, while we obsess over the roll played by party bosses in the DNC and RNC, the press quietly trumps (no pun) them all in having the power to affect what voters do.

        1. Thanks for clarifying your position, Spark.

          I’ve always thought that if the press wants to enjoy the freedoms they do, there should be standards adhered to and a legal type bar that reporters could be called to the carpet and having to prove their positions as “news” instead of opinion.

          There should be a panel like a legal Bar where journalists could lose their job for misleading the public with wild unproven allegations and if a press organization persisted in presenting opinions as news that they could lose their license. They get away with murder today.

          I was for the Democrats for over 40 years. I listed to Trump, once, twice and then ongoing. The so-called press lied and lied and lied about his positions over and over again. There’s no doubt that Trump isn’t a career politician, stumbles and speaks his mind too much, but his general messages are right for this time in many ways.

          But I never knew how screwed up the mainstream press really was until I lived on the other side for a few months. The liberal media is so one-sided that I can’t even listen to Hillary speak. Times most certainly change, even for me who though could never disagree with Republicans on anything. .

          1. The press is NOT liberal… unless your standard for “in the middle” is Fox. The owners of the media are members of the ultra-rich, with heavy conservative leanings.

            E.g. if the media were liberal, they would have been giving Bernie waaaay more coverage than they did.

            1. You are delusional. Over 90% of the big media are Democrats. They have been working overtime covering for HIllary, the “anointed one.” The released emails show the collusion between media and the DNC clearly. It is an alliance of corruption.

          2. I spent spent 30 years actively involved in politics. It’s become so irrational that I can’t can no longer get invested. Willful ignorance and complete refusal to follow a logical argument by so many have worn my patience down. The media no longer make an attempt at impartiality. As a news consumer you have to now basically join a team and get fed the storylines that don’t make you feel like blowing your brains out.

  5. Hillary Clinton believes having an insecure private email server to keep her personal secrets secret is fine, the problem was getting caught. Similarly, the DNC believes it was fine to stack the political deck against Bernie Sanders, the problem is getting caught.

    It’s really sad that “hackers” are exposing corruption, not the so-called “free press”…

  6. Won’t make any difference.

    Libs will vote Hillary because they think she is wonderful and no one can ever prove her wrong and Republicans will hold their nose and vote Trump because they don’t like Hillary.

    You can’t change people’s minds. Facts, logic mean nothing anymore. It’s all about emotions and feelings.

      1. I do find it ironic and entertaining that a guy with a Republican elephant avatar is voting for a former Democrat. Trump is a RINO. And you know it’s true.

        Having said that, I admit he’s going to change the Republican party profoundly.

            1. Yeah, KingSmell. All knowing tell us the truth about the Democrat Party today. Your fantasies and inaccuracies about the Republican Party are already well known. 🐂💩

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