Wednesday 22 November 2017

The hack that threatens Hillary

Hillary Clinton Picture: Getty
Hillary Clinton Picture: Getty

Democrats have known about the hack since April, when party officials discovered malicious software on their computers.

They called in a cybersecurity firm, CrowdStrike, which found traces of at least two sophisticated hacking groups on the Democrats' network, both with ties to the Russian government. Those hacks vacuumed up at least a year's worth of chats, emails and research on Trump.

The leak

On Friday, the public got its first look at DNC emails when Wikileaks posted a cache of 19,000 internal communications, including some that suggested party officials had favoured Clinton over rival Sanders during the primaries.

The fallout

Whatever the source, the fallout from the leaked emails was swift and dramatic.

Democratic Party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned over the weekend after Sanders' campaign pounced on a number of leaked emails that they said showed that party officials had favoured Clinton during the primaries. The disclosure has set off protests among devoted Sanders supporters.

A bromance

The email controversy raised new questions about Trump's foreign policy views with regard to Russia. Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta suggested there was "a kind of bromance going on" between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump. Or "maybe it's simply just a mutual admiration society," he told MSNBC.

Irish Independent

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