The media accepted as fact the claim that the Russians hacked the Democrat National Committee’s servers.
But was that really the case?
Trey Gowdy asked one question that calls everything into question.
Gowdy questioned former Obama Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson about the hacks into the Democrat National Committee.
The accepted narrative – as presented by the Intelligence Community – is that the Russians were behind the hacks.
No evidence has been made public to back up this claim, but it is the agreed upon assessment by the agencies that make up the Intelligence Community.
Gowdy pressed Johnson to expand on his prepared statement that the DNC did not allow Homeland Security access to their servers after cyber attacks were detected.
BOOM! Trey Gowdy stumps Jeh Johnson: "If they were hacked, why didn't the DNC let the FBI look at their servers?" pic.twitter.com/N8KtJXgjFo
— Kevin W. (@kwilli1046) June 21, 2017
Johnson had stated:
Sometime in 2016 I became aware of a hack into systems of the Democratic National Committee. Fresh from the experience with the Office of Personnel Management, I pressed my staff to know whether DHS was sufficiently proactive, and on the scene helping the DNC identify the intruders and patch vulnerabilities. The answer, to the best of my recollection, was not reassuring: the FBI and the DNC had been in contact with each other months before about the intrusion, and the DNC did not feel it needed DHS’s assistance at that time.
Johnson was the second former Obama-era official to state that the DNC denied a federal agency access to their servers.
Former FBI Director James Comey had also testified the DNC blocked the FBI from examining their servers after the hack.
The servers were examined by CrowdStrike – a third party vendor hired by the DNC.
“The FBI repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data, only to be rebuffed until well after the initial compromise had been mitigated,” the official was quoted by the news media as saying.
“This left the FBI no choice but to rely upon a third party for information. These actions caused significant delays and inhibited the FBI from addressing the intrusion earlier.”
Comey’s statement about a “highly respected private company” gaining access to the DNC servers was a reference to CrowdStrike, the third-party company ultimately relied upon by the FBI to make its assessment about alleged Russian hacking into the DNC.”
But CrowdStrike’s reliability has been called into question.
The company was forced to retract previous claims they used to support their contention that Russia was behind the hacking of the Democrat National Committee.
Voice of America News reports:
“U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has revised and retracted statements it used to buttress claims of Russian hacking during last year’s American presidential election campaign. The shift followed a VOA report that the company misrepresented data published by an influential British think tank.
In December, CrowdStrike said it found evidence that Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app, contributing to heavy losses of howitzers in Ukraine’s war with pro-Russian separatists.
VOA reported Tuesday that the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which publishes an annual reference estimating the strength of world armed forces, disavowed the CrowdStrike report and said it had never been contacted by the company.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense also has stated that the combat losses and hacking never happened.”
Does the DNC’s refusal to allow Homeland Security or the FBI access to their servers make you suspicious?
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