As much as I would love to never write another thing about Russian collusion in the 2016 elections and the alleged, yes now we must use the word alleged, hacking of the DNC, it is a never-ending story with more plot twists than even Hollywood could come up with. It is all beginning to feel like a sick sequel to Alice’s trip down the rabbit hole, but you know what they say, truth is stranger than fiction. Don’t fret just yet, odds are the movie is already in the making and will likely be in theaters before the end of Trump’s term in office.
Let’s travel back to the summer of 2016 when Wikileaks released nearly 20,000 emails from the DNC that clearly showed the DNC’s preference for Hillary and attempts to undermine the campaign of Bernie Sanders. This led to Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning as chair of the DNC and subsequent reports that the source of the hack that led to the release of the emails emanated from Russia. In a subsequent campaign rally, Trump jokingly made the comment, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” Seems like a pretty broad jump to me, but this comment was twisted and spun up to somehow be seen as not just an implication or possibility, but as proof by many, that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to hack the DNC and release the damaging emails in attempt to sway the election. I feel another Alice in Wonderland comment coming on, but will attempt to exercise a little self-control.
The nation has since been subjected to allegation after allegation of Trump’s people colluding with Russia, none of which have offered any evidence whatsoever that anything improper or illegal took place. Further investigation has indicated that, in spite of the report wherein the cybersecurity firms of Fidelis Cybersecurity and Mandiant concluded the DNC was hacked by someone known as Gucifer 2.0, who claimed responsibility for the breach and went on to say that it was suspected that Gucifer 2.0 was part of a Russian group responsible for the hack, they conceded they did not have any evidence this was the case. Russia has continued to deny having any part in this matter, but, there is no reason to even take that into consideration, of course they would deny it even if they were responsible.
More recently it has been reported that the leaks had to have come from someone from within the DNC, based upon a bunch of IT language that might as well be Greek to me. Furthering that claim, a private investigator working for the family of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich has indicated that evidence exists on Rich’s laptop confirming Rich was communicating with WikiLeaks prior to his death. But wait, the web continues to tangle, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the DNC at the time the leaks were released recently fired an IT staffer following his arrest for fraud. What does this have to do with the leaks and the Russia investigation, maybe nothing, maybe everything. Awan was not fired after his criminal record became public, after data breaches, after stealing, illegally storing and illegally destroying government property in violation of data and equipment laws, no, only after his arrest for filling out a loan application with fraudulent information. (By the way, he was attempting to fly to Pakistan when he was arrested, his wife has already fled to Pakistan.) Seems odd. Where it truly becomes interesting and begs questions regarding the email scandal is that it has been reported that a laptop and smashed hard drives were discovered by investigators in Awan’s apartment. Wasserman Shultz did not do herself any favors by threatening police with regard to confiscation of a laptop by police. Who knows where any of this will lead, but it does appear that the evidence is certainly leading away from Trump and his cohorts and straight back to the DNC.