Guccifer 2.0 publishes DNC’s internal documents on Hillary Clinton

An anonymous male hacker dubbing himself “Guccifer 2.0” published a trove of documents Tuesday accessed through the Democratic National Committee’s online server, all of which are relevant to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Guccifer 2.0 first laid claim to the data breach Thursday, two days after the Washington Post reported DNC’s computer network had been compromised by hackers since the summer of 2015.

The first set of documents released by Guccifer 2.0 exposed opposition research on Republican rival Donald Trump, along with DNC donor lists and Clinton’s campaign platform strategy.

The second batch posted to Guccifer 2.0’s WordPress site Tuesday includes a 59-page document entitled “2016er Attacks” that highlights popular GOP criticisms of Secretary Clinton which appeared in media reports and suggests evidence to justify counter-claims.

Topics addressed in the document include Clinton’s support of U.S. intervention to overthrow Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi; response to the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi; U.S. policy to “reset” relations with Russia after annexation of Crimea; lack of support for moderate rebel forces in Syrian Civil War; failure to recognize ISIS as a regional threat; failure to label Bako Haram as a terrorist outfit; association with Wall Street and mega-donors; accusations over foreign donations made to the Clinton Foundation while serving as Secretary of State.

Other documents available to view include a list of Clinton Foundation contributors donating $25,000 or more; a compilation of accusations and criticisms as well as counter-evidence related to the Foundation in media reports; a spreadsheet outlining all 2016 Democratic presidential candidates positions on the issues; and a list of Republican attacks on Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure Secretary of State.

While the documents in question appear to be authentic, verification has yet to be confirmed as the DNC has not responded to media requests for comment.

In addition, the cyber-security firm that the DNC hired to root out malware on its computer systems — CrowdStrike — reaffirmed its hypothesis that the data breach originated from “Russian intelligence-affiliated adversaries present in the DNC network in May 2016.”

Both the DNC and a second cyber-security firm, Fidelis, backed up CrowdStrike’s claim that Russia perpetrated the hack, although a Kremlin spokesman denied responsibility on behalf of the government.

 

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