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The Daily Caller read the intelligence community assessment on Russian influence operations against the 2016 U.S. presidential election and realized that, contrary to the popular narrative, Russia did indeed target and attack the Republican Party. And The Daily Caller also noticed that The New York Times then promoted this attack.
The Daily Caller was the first to report that Colin Powell’s hacked emails had been published by DCLeaks. Liberal outlets like The New York Times later used DCLeaks to report on the contents of Powell’s emails. In a story titled, “Colin Powell, in Hacked Emails, Shows Scorn for Trump and Irritation at Clinton,” the Times’ Michael Shear noted that “It is unclear who operates DCLeaks.com.”
SCI noticed these same thing in December in, “Did Obama Work with Putin to Discredit Trump’s Election?”
And what about 2016? It wasn’t just the Democrats who were hacked; it was at least some Republicans too. And, contrary to what the media is blaring, such hacked emails of Republicans were released—and the media lapped them up.
The New York Times was one of the many media outlets that wrote articles about hackers releasing Colin Powell’s emails in 2016. These hacked emails proved to include many damaging statements against Republicans. Why was there no outrage over these? Why is there no outrage over these now—especially since the Russians were behind this cyberattack?
Why do I say the Russians were behind the Powell cyberattack? Here is what the NYT article wrote about the hacked emails.
“Mr. Powell’s emails appeared on a website called DCLeaks.com, which had previously posted documents that the site had obtained after hacks into the accounts of prominent Democrats and some Republicans, including Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, the former commander of NATO forces in Europe, and George Soros, a wealthy backer of liberal causes. It is unclear who operates DCLeaks.com.”
And remember that joint ODNI/DHS statement from October on Russia and the election? Here is what it mentioned in its first paragraph.
“The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts.”
Expect more to emerge on the scope and scale of Russian influence operations, including cyberattacks, during the 2016 presidential election cycle. And expect more to emerge on how the Russians targeted the GOP and not just the Democratic Party.