Game-changer: DNC files were leaked, not hacked; former NSA experts endorse an independent analysis
A month ago, Liberty Unyielding ran a headline featuring an analysis performed by an independent IT expert who goes by the online handle “the Forensicator.”
In it, the Forensicator presented his reasons for concluding that the DNC emails exposed in the summer of 2016 were not hacked, as long accepted by public officials and the media.
Instead, the DNC files had to have been leaked. The transfer and exposure of the emails from the DNC system did not involve a remote intrusion of any kind – not even a phishing of John Podesta. (For all I know, John Podesta did at some point respond to a phishing probe. But the Forensicator’s analysis is that that had nothing to do with the exposed DNC files.)
Julian Assange, who warned in early June 2016 that WikiLeaks had obtained files related to Hillary’s campaign, has asserted all along that the emails weren’t hacked. He has reiterated that WikiLeaks received them from a leaker. (Assange has never directly named the leaker, but has seemed to all but acknowledge that it was DNC employee Seth Rich, who was murdered on 10 July 2016. That, however, is not something that can be proven by the details about the file transfer from the DNC.)
Now, The Nation’s Patrick Lawrence reports that a group of four former NSA and CIA experts has reviewed the Forensicator’s work, and judges it to be well-founded and reliable. To put their level of certainty up front, here is how they responded to Lawrence’s questions on that:
I [Lawrence] concluded each of the interviews conducted for this column by asking for a degree of confidence in the new findings. These are careful, exacting people as a matter of professional training and standards, and I got careful, exacting replies.
All those interviewed came in between 90 percent and 100 percent certain that the forensics prove out. I have already quoted Skip Folden’s answer: impossible based on the data. “The laws of physics don’t lie,” Ray McGovern volunteered at one point. “It’s QED, theorem demonstrated,” William Binney said in response to my question. “There’s no evidence out there to get me to change my mind.” When I asked Edward Loomis, a 90 percent man, about the 10 percent he held out, he replied, “I’ve looked at the work and it shows there was no Russian hack. But I didn’t do the work. That’s the 10 percent. I’m a scientist.”