A prominent computer hacker who believes it was a Democratic National Committee insider who stole the DNC emails that were made public by WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign is doubling down on his claim.
The hacker, Kim Dotcom, said in a tweet Monday that “the DNC hack wasn’t even a hack,” reported Tyler Durden at the Zerohedge blog.
“It was an insider with a memory stick. I know this because I know who did it and why. Special Counsel Mueller is not interested in my evidence. My lawyers wrote to him twice. He never replied. 360 pounds,” Dotcom wrote.
Let me assure you, the DNC hack wasn’t even a hack. It was an insider with a memory stick. I know this because I know who did it and why. Special Counsel Mueller is not interested in my evidence. My lawyers wrote to him twice. He never replied. 360 pounds!https://t.co/AGRO0sFx7s https://t.co/epXtv0t1uN
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) February 18, 2018
Dotcom previously claimed DNC staffer Seth Rich, whose murder in July 2016 remains unsolved, was behind the leak of the emails to WikiLeaks and was developing technologies to expose corruption and the influence of corporate money in politics.
The tweet followed shortly after President Trump’s tweet Monday on the “Russia” investigation: “I never said Russia did not meddle in the election, I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with this computer.’ The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia – it never did!”
I never said Russia did not meddle in the election, I said “it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer.” The Russian “hoax” was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia – it never did!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018
The comments came after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment on Friday of 13 Russians for allegedly trying to spread chaos in the 2016 election. The indictment specifically noted any Trump campaign operatives who may have been spotted during the investigation were unaware of the scheme.
Rich, who was officially working on voter-registration systems for the DNC in the summer of 2016, was gunned down by unknown attackers in the early hours of July 10, 2016, just blocks from his home. The official police investigation into Rich’s murder has turned up no suspects or any motives for the crime.
The official explanation that his murder likely was a robbery gone bad remains unconvincing to many because his watch, wallet and other valuables were left untouched.
WikiLeaks began publishing tens of thousands of Clinton campaign and DNC emails 12 days after Rich was killed. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is offering a $10,000 reward to find Rich’s murderer or murderers and has suggested that Rich may be the source of the leaked emails.
The leaks revealed a panoply of questionable activities on the part of the DNC, which clearly was all in for Clinton even during the primary.
Explained Zerohedge: “Dotcom’s assertion is backed up by an analysis done last year by a researcher who goes by the name Forensicator, who determined that the DNC files were copied at 22.6 MB/s – a speed virtually impossible to achieve from halfway around the world, much less over a local network – yet a speech typical of file transfers to a memory stick.”
The report explained why that issue is so significant today, especially to Democrats still faithful to the theory that it was Russians in collusion with the Trump campaign that stole the computer data.
“The local transfer theory of course [blew] the Russian hacking narrative out of the water, lending credibility to the theory that the DNC ‘hack’ was in fact an inside job, potentially implication IT staffer, Seth Rich,” Zerohedge said.
Significantly, the DNC declined to allow anyone, law enforcement included, to examine the server that allegedly was hacked.
Dotcom has volunteered to testify to Congress regarding the Russia investigation and the DNC email leak.
He tweeted a summary of his testimony last year: “I knew Seth Rich. I know he was the @WikiLeaks source. I was involved.”
He even talked with lawyers at the time, stating: “I accept that my full statement should be provided to the authorities and I am prepared to do that so that there can be a full investigation. My lawyers will speak with the authorities regarding the proper process. If my evidence is required to be given in the United States I would be prepared to do so if appropriate arrangements are made. I would need a guarantee from Special Counsel Mueller, on behalf of the United States, of safe passage from New Zealand to the United States and back.”
Zerohedge reported that while someone “could simply write off Dotcom’s claims as an attention seeking stunt, he made several comments and a series of tweets hinting at the upcoming email releases prior to both the WikiLeaks dumps as well as the publication of the hacked DNC emails to a website known as ‘DCLeaks.'”
WND has reported the allegedly hacked DNC email server is the key piece of forensic evidence in Russia’s suspected interference in the 2016 presidential election. The intelligence-community assessment released in January 2017 on purported Russian meddling in the race, conducted by the CIA, the FBI and the NSA, concludes Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered the hacking of the DNC and the dissemination of emails from key staffers via WikiLeaks to damage Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.
But the intelligence agencies attributing the sweeping cyber-intrusion to Russia-backed hackers have yet to provide any evidence. Not a single government agency has even viewed the hacked computer servers to conduct a forensic data-breach investigation.