What seemed to merely be a confirmation that the DNC — run by Debbie Wasserman Schultz before she resigned on Sunday — had it out for Bernie Sanders, has turned into a full-blown investigation into whether Russia was behind the email hack and subsequent leak, all to help Donald Trump win the U.S. presidential election. Now the FBI has gotten involved in this latest election mess and strongly suspects that Russia is responsible.
According to the Daily Beast, officials with knowledge of the investigation say that the FBI suspects this because of the timing of the leak, because of Trump’s own connections to Russia and President Vladimir Putin and because the emails were then given to Wikileaks, which has an anti-U.S. government bent. The FBI has so far refused to comment on the investigation particulars:
An FBI spokesperson said in a statement Monday that the bureau was investigating the breach but declined to comment on whether political motivation was part of the inquiry. “A compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously, and the FBI will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace,” the spokesperson said.
In Motherboard’s extensive report on the hack, security firm CrowdStrike linked two “advance persistent threats” in the DNC networks to the Russian government. On June 15, a Twitter account called @GUCCIFER_2 leaked stolen DNC documents detailing its Trump opposition research. It leaked other documents over the next month, culminating (so far) in the July 22 leak of those DNC emails complaining about Sanders.
The article details how there is strong evidence that the advanced persistent threats or APTs found in the DNC servers are connected to GRU, Russia’s intelligence service. There is also evidence that GRU has been posing as the Guccifer 2.0 account in leaking DNC documents like so: