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Thursday, December 05, 2019

"It was the Russians. I'm 1,000% confident that the hack of the [Democratic National Committee] was by Russian operatives, no one else," [Lindsey] Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill. In a subsequent interview with CNN, Graham said he had "no doubt" that it was the Russians who hacked the emails of the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta. "It wasn't Ukraine. Russia was behind the stolen DNC emails and Podesta and all that good stuff," the senator said.

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...and the wall came a tumbling down.

#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-12-05 10:17 AM | Reply

Graham episodically worries about how history will remember him. Too late, dude; and they'll know you're gay, too.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-05 11:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Ruh Roh.

Fat Nixon is gonna have to show Lindsay some move of his folder.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-12-05 01:07 PM | Reply

... "It wasn't Ukraine. Russia was behind the stolen DNC emails and Podesta and all that good stuff," the senator said. ...

Too little, too late?

If Sen Graham is looking to remove the perception of him routinely checking Pres Trump for polyps, this comment, in and of itself, is too little, too late.

Though, I do look forward to, and indeed hope, this comment as being reflective of a more of a permanent change in his views. A change that brings him back to reality and away from the "alternative facts" conspiracy-based world of the Trump supporters.





#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-05 02:00 PM | Reply

I knew the GOP was going off the rails when John McCain was the man of personal integrity and he got hammered by what we now know can clearly see are the white nationalists who make up roughly half the GOP bloc.

Bush's ad about McCain's black baby in South Carolina should come immediately to everyone's mind.

But this, this is worse.

Lindsey Graham doesn't have any personal integrity, and isn't good on race either, and now even he's had enough.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-05 02:14 PM | Reply

This is a temporary moment of sanity for the southern belle.
It won't last. If he wants to redeem himself he can vote to remove Trump from office when there is a senate vote. That won't happen.

#6 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-12-05 02:31 PM | Reply

This is a temporary moment of sanity for the southern belle.
It won't last. If he wants to redeem himself he can vote to remove Trump from office when there is a senate vote. That won't happen.

#7 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-12-05 02:32 PM | Reply

Graham is kind of a barometer of crazy; if your conspiracy theory is too crazy even for him, then you are prolly way over the edge.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2019-12-05 03:31 PM | Reply

Unfortunately we will never know who hacked the DNC since the DNC would not let the FBI or CIA inspect their servers. They had their own IT guys do it. I wonder why?

#9 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-12-05 03:31 PM | Reply

Maybe Trump needs to take Lindsey to the woodsh... uh, golf course again.

#10 | Posted by cbob at 2019-12-05 03:35 PM | Reply

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@#9 ... Unfortunately we will never know who hacked the DNC since the DNC would not let the FBI or CIA inspect their servers. ...

That old conspiracy chestnut. Again?

There is no need for the FBI or the CIA to inspect the servers because images (copies) of the various hard drives were taken of those servers.

At this point, the only new information inspecting the servers would only yield is the color of the cabinet.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-05 03:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#9 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

Because the FBI has been shown to leak to conservative politicians, and the DNC servers probably have some politically sensitive information on them.

But, as far as I heard, the FBI concurred with CrowdStrike's conclusions and did not demand the servers. It is only a fringe right-wing conspiracy theory that sees this as evidence that Russia might not have hacked them. Unless you want to cite any legitimate sources who prove differently?

#12 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-12-05 04:13 PM | Reply

@#12 ... The FBI concurred with CrowdStrike's conclusions and did not demand the servers. ...

Some good detail is here:

...To be clear: There was no missing DNC server as referenced by Trump. Rather, there were more than 150 servers that needed to be wiped and rebuilt or else decommissioned.

According to a lawsuit filed by the DNC in Manhattan federal court on April 20, remediating the intrusion and excising hackers from the DNC's network required the DNC "to decommission more than 140 servers, remove and reinstall all software, including the operating systems, for more than 180 computers, and rebuild at least 11 servers."

In short, the entire DNC network needed to completely rebuilt, Dmitri Alperovitch, CrowdStrike's co-founder and CTO, told Information Security Media Group in June 2016.

"We rebuilt it from scratch," Alperovitch said, saying the work consumed the weekend of June 10, 2016. "The remediation event went through the entire weekend. Our folks didn't sleep."

In part, that was because the remediation took place during a national election campaign cycle, just five months before election day....

Even so, both the DNC and CrowdStrike have previously said they shared images of all compromised systems with the FBI, which the DNC's Adrienne Watson reiterated this week.

"The FBI was given images of servers, forensic copies, as well as a host of other forensic information we collected from our systems," Watson told Daily Beast. "We were in close contact and worked cooperatively with the FBI and were always responsive to their requests. Any suggestion that they were denied access to what they wanted for their investigation is completely incorrect." ...


[emphasis mine]

That whole article is informative on the topic.

As is this one...

Did John Podesta deny CIA and FBI access to DNC server, as Donald Trump claims?
www.politifact.com

But I doubt if Pres Trump and his supporters will want to deal with reality and, instead, will prefer to stay with their "alternative facts" debunked conspiracy theories.


#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-05 04:41 PM | Reply

"Unfortunately we will never know who hacked the DNC since the DNC would not let the FBI or CIA inspect their servers. They had their own IT guys do it. I wonder why?
#9 | POSTED BY FISHPAW"

You trust the Deep State FBI and CIA?
After Strzok and Plame?

No way.
You're just making excuses.

Putin himself could say they hacked the DNC and you still wouldn't believe it.
You're not the sharpest tool in the shed, but you're a very trusty one.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-05 04:47 PM | Reply

Maddow Blog @MaddowBlog

NEWS: Senate Intelligence Committee report debunking Russian Ukraine/Crowdstrike story is complete and has been awaiting DNI clearance for months.

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#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-06 05:31 AM | Reply

"Senate Intelligence Committee report debunking Russian Ukraine/Crowdstrike story is complete and has been awaiting DNI clearance for months."

So, yet another arm of the Trump administration keeping the truth from the American people in order to protect him and to allow him to keep pushing his lies about Ukraine. The same goes for the Republicans on that committee who know the truth and should be speaking up. They are all accomplices in his cheating and corruption.

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-06 06:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

In #12, I forgot to post the link I cited for the "Some good detail is here:" comment:

Trump's DNC 'Server' Conspiracy Rebutted
www.bankinfosecurity.com


Once again, that article is a good read, if you're interested.

#17 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-06 11:07 AM | Reply

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