LET’S BE CLEAR ABOUT THIS: TRUMP AND PUTIN ARE BEHIND THE HACK OF THE DNC EMAILS AND THEIR RELEASE JUST PRIOR TO THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION.
Stolen emails posted by Wikileaks show DNC officials scoffing at Sanders and his supporters and in one instance, questioning his commitment to his Jewish religion. Some emails also show DNC and White House officials mulling whether to invite guests with controversial backgrounds to Democratic party events.
This is not about being pro- or anti-Hillary or the DNC. This is about a foreign enemy manipulating an American election in collusion with a presidential candidate. This is worse than WATERGATE. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the hack into the Democratic National Committee.
Donald Trump is now doing the equivalent of what he said he could do. He bragged, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” (http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/23/politics/donald-trump-shoot-somebody-support/) Now he is bringing despot Vladimir Putin and Russia into the American election in order to push Trump toward the presidency, and even with this revelation, Trump will not lose voters. Trump will not lose any supporters because those who should be outraged are too busy with their blind hatred of Hillary Clinton.
Sound far-fetched? Here are some facts behind the DNC email hack, and it should scare you to death.
-THE TRUMP / PUTIN TIMELINE
-HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED NOW
-TRUMP IS IN PUTIN’S POCKET
-TRUMP LAUNDERS MONEY FOR THE RUSSIAN MAFIA
-TRUMP PROTECTS PUTIN’S RUSSIAN INCURSIONS
-TRUMP’S PEOPLE ARE PUTIN’S PEOPLE
-DENIALS BUT NO DOUBT THAT PUTIN STOLE THE EMAILS
Donald Trump has exceeded the damage of Watergate by bringing in a foreign enemy: Vladimir Putin, the aspiring despot with plans to rebuild a new Soviet Union to dominate the world. Trump is in Putin’s pocket.
Aside from Trump’s gushing admiration for the ruler of Russia, which includes Trump’s egocentric response, “A guy calls me a genius and they want me to renounce him? I’m not going to renounce him.” (http://elitedaily.com/news/politics/donald-trump-vladimir-putin-bromance/1527696/), here are some important facts:
THE TRUMP / PUTIN TIMELINE
The DNC emails were hacked more than a month ago by the Russians.
Was it a big deal then? Why wasn’t attention paid to it then? Because Trump and Putin worked together to set up this hack and release it to Wikileaks on schedule to make the most impact against the Democrats, thereby helping Trump.
Although the hacking of the DNC was known to officials and cyber security experts a month ago, the timing of the release of the contents of communications within the party is what is causing concern for U.S. authorities.
This is much larger than the irritation and outrage over the content of the DNC emails.
The Trump / Putin criminal action is this century’s cyber equivalent of the Watergate Break-In, in which Republican Richard Nixon and his team of “Plumbers” plotted how to manipulate the 1972 election in order to beat Democratic George McGovern. The fallout from the Watergate Break-In and its cover-up caused great harm to the government and the country. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watergate_scandal)
Trump and Putin are well beyond a simple burglary. They now are using cyberspace and an entire government we see as a foreign threat as their break-in, and they crossed international borders to do their theft.
HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED NOW
The Trump / Putin partnership made a deal to release the Russian-hacked DNC emails to WikiLeaks on Friday, 22 July 2016, the weekend before the Democratic party. https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/
The Trump / Putin partnership pushed the issue forward with all the media that each controls.
The Trump machine went to work to create divisive headlines making wrong claims about the contents of the emails, knowing no sane person would go through the WikiLeaks site.
As planned, the headlines offered “proof” about conspiracy theories, rigged primaries, dishonest vote counting, and voter suppression. Bernie supporters were enraged as the Democratic National Convention began.
Where were those headlines from? The OBSERVER, with its headlines such as “Wikileaks Proves Primary Was Rigged: DNC Undermined Democracy” (http://observer.com/2016/07/wikileaks-proves-primary-was-rigged-dnc-undermined-democracy/). The OBSERVER is a Trump family owned and operated propaganda rag (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Kushner).
Liar Trump himself — analysts show that at least 80% of whatever Donald Trump says, is a lie http://www.politifact.com/personalities/donald-trump/) — posted on Twitter, “Leaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes, really vicious. RIGGED” (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTru…/status/756804886038192128)
As bad as some of the stolen private emails are, the accusation of “rigged” primaries is not proven by them.
Russian propaganda has also gone full throttle for Trump. Putin uses the Russia Today news operation to thrash Hillary Clinton and hail the “courage” of Trump’s “foreign policy,” which is puppetry of Putin.
Putin ordered all Russian-controlled media to stand behind Trump and push the American election to the GOPTeaParty candidate.
Putin has propped up Trump with money since Trump could not access normal capital and debt after his bankruptcies. With Trump’s run for the presidency, suddenly Putin can have control over Trump and the USA because of the hundreds of millions of dollars provided to Trump.
Putin routinely pressures politicians and business people to support Russia-backed policies and to sow discord in Western-aligned states. To suddenly face the possibility of a U.S. President in his pocket is too good of an opportunity to let slip by. And so, he is getting messy. (http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/cover_story/2016/07/vladimir_putin_has_a_plan_for_destroying_the_west_and_it_looks_a_lot_like.html )
TRUMP IS IN PUTIN’S POCKET
Trump’s famous bankruptcies are not merely embarrassing and not, as Trump wantS his followers to believe, inconsequential. Because he ran companies into bankruptcy, Trump was blacklisted at the major banks in this country. He had to rely on money from Russia since then. He has made numerous trips to Moscow in search of business opportunities and relied on Russian investors for the cash needed to buy properties around the world.
“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-trumps-financial-ties-to-russia-and-his-unusual-flattery-of-vladimir-putin/2016/06/17/dbdcaac8-31a6-11e6-8ff7-7b6c1998b7a0_story.html)
Trump cannot find capital in America to keep afloat, so rebuilt his financial empire with capital available through Vladimir Putin. Trump receives lots of investment capital from Putin and his people. (http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-putin-yes-it-s-really-a-thing)
The overwhelming consensus among American political and national security leaders has held that Putin is a pariah who disregards human rights and has violated international norms in seeking to regain influence and territory in the former Soviet bloc—an assessment that continued until Donald Trump stepped in. Now, as Trump must embrace Putin in order to keep his Russian cash-flow, Trump is convincing his followers to toe the Russia line. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-trumps-financial-ties-to-russia-and-his-unusual-flattery-of-vladimir-putin/2016/06/17/dbdcaac8-31a6-11e6-8ff7-7b6c1998b7a0_story.html)
“Donald Trump is like the Kremlin’s favored candidates, only more so. He celebrated the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU. He denounces NATO with feeling. He is also a great admirer of Vladimir Putin. Trump’s devotion to the Russian president has been portrayed as buffoonish enthusiasm for a fellow macho strongman. But Trump’s statements of praise amount to something closer to slavish devotion. In 2007, he praised Putin for ‘rebuilding Russia.’ A year later he added, ‘He does his work well. Much better than our Bush.’ When Putin ripped American exceptionalism in a New York Times op-ed in 2013, Trump called it ‘a masterpiece.’ Despite ample evidence, Trump denies that Putin has assassinated his opponents: ‘In all fairness to Putin, you’re saying he killed people. I haven’t seen that.’ In the event that such killings have transpired, they can be forgiven: ‘At least he’s a leader.’ And not just any old head of state: ‘I will tell you that, in terms of leadership, he’s getting an A.’” (http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/cover_story/2016/07/vladimir_putin_has_a_plan_for_destroying_the_west_and_it_looks_a_lot_like.html)
Trump’s tax returns could clarify the depth of his connections to and dependence on Russian capital aligned with Putin. That’s why Trump keeps the tax returns secret. Because of his bankruptcies, his debt load has grown dramatically, from $350 million to $630 million. This has not come from U.S. banks, where he is blacklisted. It has come from Putin’s Russia.
An article in the Moscow Times described Trump as the city’s first grand builder since Stalin. He planned to develop the site where Stalin once hoped to construct the Palace of Soviet Congresses. Other builders who proposed such projects were literally slaughtered by the Russian Mafia. (Remember Trump’s reaction to Putin assassinations?) Trump was not.
Putin’s officials claimed that they wanted to do business with Trump because they consider his ‘brand’ that he so viciously works on to be ‘super premium.’ General-turned-politician Alexander Lebed told Putin, “If Trump goes to Moscow, I think America will follow.”
Trump bragged about a meeting where “almost all of the oligarchs were in the room.” (http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/cover_story/2016/07/vladimir_putin_has_a_plan_for_destroying_the_west_and_it_looks_a_lot_like.html)
TRUMP LAUNDERS MONEY FOR THE RUSSIAN MAFIA
Trump SoHo was developed with convicted felons and financing from questionable sources in Russia and Kazakhstan. Trump raised money from a front company that included criminals Felix H. Sater and Salvatore Lauria among other Russians in New York who were part of the Russian Mafia laundering money by investing in Trump’s properties. Other Trump properties have been funded this way. (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/06/us/politics/donald-trump-soho-settlement.html?_r=2)
Trump, of course, has always been involved with the mob in America. (https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-r-barnard/donald-trump-and-the-mobs-that-control-new-york-city-construction/10153900465867114)
TRUMP PROTECTS PUTIN’S RUSSIAN INCURSIONS
On the Republican Platform, Trump did not care about anything in it except this one issue: Trump suddenly took interest in one plank and fought hard to remove it: a party platform plank about the U.S. assisting Ukraine to fight against Russian military operations! That was the only time Trump cared about the GOP platform, and he had it squashed. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/trump-campaign-guts-gops-anti-russia-stance-on-ukraine
Trump, pressured by Putin because of his financial ties, already has laid groundwork for dismantling NATO, one of Putin’s expressed goals. Trump sent alarm rippling through Eastern Europe after he said the U.S. would only defend NATO states attacked by Russia if those nations “have fulfilled their obligations to us,” his strongest comments to date on the military alliance’s future if he enters the White House. (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-21/trump-says-u-s-may-not-defend-nato-allies-against-russia-attack-iqvw8gki)
TRUMP’S PEOPLE ARE PUTIN’S PEOPLE
Paul Manafort, campaign manager and top advisor to Trump, was top campaign and communications advisor for Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russian Ukrainian Prime Minister, and remains a close Putin ally. Manafort is running Trump’s campaign. (http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/that-time-paul-manafort-was-sued-by-fmr-ukrainian-prime-minister-for-scheming-and-money-laundering/)
Carter Page, one of Trump’s few advisors (“I advise myself. I have a very good brain,” said Trump) spent his entire professional career in investments with Russia. He is a billionaire developer and entertainer with no government experience. What Page has for Trump is deep and continuing financial and employment ties to Gazprom, a monolithic Soviet-era utility company now mostly owned by Putin. Gazprom has such a huge role in the Russian political and economic system that you cannot be involved as Page has been without being wholly in alignment with Putin’s policies. Autocratic leader Putin can put Gazprom out of business at any time because it is so entwined with Putin’s government. Page pushes for Russian money for Trump. (http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-03-30/trump-russia-adviser-carter-page-interview)
DENIALS BUT NO DOUBT THAT PUTIN STOLE THE EMAILS TO BENEFIT TRUMP
VICE published “All Signs Point to Russia Being Behind the DNC Hack” and says, “Digitally exfiltrating and then publishing possibly manipulated documents disguised as freewheeling hacktivism is crossing a big red line and setting a dangerous precedent.” (https://motherboard.vice.com/read/all-signs-point-to-russia-being-behind-the-dnc-hack)
Many cyber experts echo what Bob Gourley, a former chief technology officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency and now the co-founder and partner Cognitio, a cybersecurity consultancy, describes. “The software code that I have seen from the hack had all the telltale signs of being Russian, including code re-used from other attacks,” Gourley said. “This is a really big deal. Some people in the community are saying this is the Russians pretending to be a hacker, then giving that information to Julian Assange is all part of an operation.” Assange founded WikiLeaks, which was the depository Trump and Putin chose for the release of the stolen DNC emails just as the Democratic National Convention began. (http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-07-25/cybersecurity-experts-say-russia-hacked-the-democrats and http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/why-experts-think-russia-hacked-dnc-emails-n616486)
The FBI is investigating, and U.S. officials say there is no doubt that the email hack was the work of Putin in an effort to assure the election of Donald Trump. (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/25/fbi-suspects-russia-hacked-dnc-u-s-officials-say-it-was-to-elect-donald-trump.html)
The New York Times reported, “An unusual question is capturing the attention of cyberspecialists, Russia experts and Democratic Party leaders in Philadelphia: Is Vladimir V. Putin trying to meddle in the American presidential election? Until Friday, that charge, with its eerie suggestion of a Kremlin conspiracy to aid Donald J. Trump, has been only whispered. But the release on Friday of some 20,000 stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, many of them embarrassing to Democratic leaders, has intensified discussion of the role of Russian intelligence agencies in disrupting the 2016 campaign.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/25/us/politics/donald-trump-russia-emails.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur)
It all comes down to this: Trump, who has been invoking Richard Nixon with his “law-and-order candidate” proclamation, his claim of “a silent majority” justifying him, and his “secret plan to end the war” on terrorism – each a trademark statement of Richard Nixon, has also stepped up Nixon’s most infamous failure, the Watergate Break-In. Trump is doing it HUGE, of course. He brought in Putin and Russia, and made it a major cybercrime.
Trump’s infamous ugly and offensive caps might as well say, “Make America 1972 Again”.