Hillary Clinton Campaign Official: Email Leak a Russian Ploy to Help Trump

In an interview on Sunday, Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook opined that Russian state-sponsored hackers may have hacked the Democratic Party’s network and email system in order to help Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

A top Hillary Clinton official has made the stunning claim that Russian state-sponsored hackers hacked the Democratic National Convention’s (DNC) email network, now being leaked by WikiLeaks in order to help presidential seat rival and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, speaking to CNN, stated:

What’s disturbing to us is that experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails…other experts are now saying that the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of actually helping Donald Trump…That’s disturbing.

The alleged emails were leaked by WikiLeaks last week and revealed that DNC officials were actively looking at ways to support Clinton during the primaries when Bernie Sanders was also in the running, rather than remaining neutral with the candidates.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman brushed off the claims as “obfuscation” by the Clinton campaign. Speaking on ABC, he called such claims “absurd” while adding:

What they don’t want to talk about is what’s in those emails. What’s in those emails show it was a clearly rigged system. Bernie Sanders never had a chance.

The claim, however, saw some cybersecurity experts backing it up. CrowdStrike, the forensic firm investigating the DNC breach said that the recently published emails from WikiLeaks are likely to have been provided to the whistleblowing group by state-sponsored Russian hackers.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Thomas Rid, a professor at King’s College in London revealed that he had communicated with Guccifer2, the hacker who claimed responsibility for the DNS breach.

The tactic of using hackers to influence politics would be a “game-changer”, according to Rid.

Cyber-intelligence software firm ThreatConnect conducted its own analysis and believe that Guccifer2 is linked to a Russian cyberespionage campaign.

Richard Barger, chief information officer at the firm stated:

We’ve been looking at this very closely, from both the technical and non-technical spheres. Based on our analysis, we strongly feel Guccifer2 is linked to a Russian information operations campaign and is not the independent Russian hacker that he claims to be.

Guccifer2, or Guccifer 2.0, is the moniker assumed by a hacker in a nod to the original Guccifer, a Romanian hacker who breached and leaked emails belonging to Hillary Clinton. Guccifer was extradited to the United States earlier this year and later claimed in an interview that hacking her emails was “easy.”

Meanwhile, Russia has repeatedly stated that it has not been involved in any part of the entire episode.

Speaking to Reuters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said:

I completely rule out a possibility that the government or the government bodies have been involved in this.

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Samburaj is the contributing editor at Hacked and keeps tabs on science, technology and cyber security.