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kpete

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Fri Nov 3, 2017, 03:11 PM Nov 2017

Ex-DNC official tells AP at least one of the Guccifer 2.0 hacked docs was airbrushed. [View all]

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“Hi,” the message said. “This is Guccifer 2.0 and this is me who hacked Democratic National Committee.”

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All three leak-branded sites have distanced themselves from Moscow. DCLeaks claimed to be run by American hacktivists. WikiLeaks said Russia wasn’t its source. Guccifer 2.0 claimed to be Romanian.

But there were signs of dishonesty from the start. The first document Guccifer 2.0 published on June 15 came not from the DNC as advertised but from Podesta’s inbox, according to a former DNC official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The official said the word “CONFIDENTIAL” was not in the original document.

Guccifer 2.0 had airbrushed it to catch reporters’ attention.


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‘CAN IT INFLUENCE THE ELECTION?’

Guccifer 2.0 acted as a kind of master of ceremonies during the summer of leaks, proclaiming that the DNC’s stolen documents were in WikiLeaks’ hands, publishing a selection of the material himself and constantly chatting up journalists over Twitter in a bid to keep the story in the press.

He appeared particularly excited to hear on June 24 that his leaks had sparked a lawsuit against the DNC by disgruntled supporters of Clinton rival Bernie Sanders.

“Can it influence the election in any how?” he asked a journalist with Russia’s Sputnik News, in uneven English.

Later that month Guccifer 2.0 began directing reporters to the newly launched DCLeaks site, which was also dribbling out stolen material on Democrats. When WikiLeaks joined the fray on July 22 with its own disclosures the leaks metastasized into a crisis, triggering intraparty feuding that forced the resignation of the DNC’s chairwoman and drew angry protests at the Democratic National Convention.

Guccifer 2.0, WikiLeaks and DCLeaks ultimately published more than 150,000 emails stolen from more than a dozen Democrats, according to an AP count.

The AP has since found that each of one of those Democrats had previously been targeted by Fancy Bear, either at their personal Gmail addresses or via the DNC, a finding established by running targets’ emails against the Secureworks’ list.







https://apnews.com/dea73efc01594839957c3c9a6c962b8a


https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DNueftTWkAAnZAa?format=jpg&name=240x240





https://apnews.com/dea73efc01594839957c3c9a6c962b8a










"The...hackers seemed particularly interested in Democratic officials working on voter registration issues."








ON METADATA AND MANIPULATION: THE FIRST GUCCIFER 2.0 DOCUMENTS
https://www.emptywheel.net/2017/11/03/on-metadata-and-manipulation-the-first-guccifer-2-0-documents/















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