Ray McGovern: No One ‘Hacked’ Those DNC Emails in 2016

That most Americans still believe "the Russians hacked" those DNC emails in 2016 is downright dangerous – the more so, as the clowns around President Joe Biden rally support for possible war with Russia.

Last year, as the corporate media began their third year of suppressing sworn testimony that there was no such hack of the DNC. I wrote this.

We are into our fourth year of suppression now and things are much more parlous. If you believe Russia hacked those emails that were so prejudicial to Mrs. Clinton, you’ve been had. It’s a Weapons-of-Mass-Destruction-scale deception, this time with the FBI, rather than CIA, playing the lead role.

The truth has been kept hidden. And it’s worse than a case of the usual corporate media malpractice. The evidence points to the cover-up of a murder.

Damning Testimony

On Dec. 5, 2017, Shawn Henry, head of the cyber firm Crowdstrike gave sworn testimony to the House Intelligence Committee:

Mr. Schiff: Do you know the date on which the Russians exfiltrated the data from the DNC?

Mr. Henry: There are times when we can see data exfiltrated, and we can say conclusively. But in this case, it appears it was set up to be exfiltrated, but we just don’t have the evidence that says it actually left."

These words – "set up to be exfiltrated" – in the view of two former NSA Technical Directors, strongly suggests that someone with access to DNC computers "set up" selected emails for copying to an external storage device – a thumb drive, for example.

The Internet is not needed for such a copy/transfer. Use of the Internet would have been detected, enabling Henry to pinpoint any "exfiltration" over that network. In addition, William Binney, one of the former NSA technical directors, in a court case has filed a sworn affidavit, stating:

"Intrinsic metadata in the publicly available files on WikiLeaks demonstrates that the files acquired by WikiLeaks were delivered in a medium such as a thumb drive."

What’s the Big Deal?

Well, for starters, Shawn Henry’s testimony gives the lie to intelligence "assessments" and to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings based on those spurious assessments. These are still widely believed by media consumers indoctrinated to hate Russia at a time of unprecedented tension.

Still more embarrassing, and in need of covering up, is the unavoidable conclusion that those emails were copied from DNC computers onto an external storage device by someone with the necessary access.

Worse, the FBI has been disingenuous in concealing what it knows about the whole affair. Still more Bureau foot-dragging and other shenanigans have come to light since I wrote this in Dec. 2020.

Cover the Shawn Henry up: Serious truth seekers might become more aware of the possible implications of it being a leak, and one which may have cost the leaker his life. In other words, a serious investigator with a modicum of courage might be able to figure the whole thing out, even if the FBI continues to slow walk the affair in hopes it will go away.

And so it goes.

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. His 27-year career as a CIA analyst includes serving as Chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch and preparer/briefer of the President’s Daily Brief. He is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).