Hillary’s emails, Wikileaks, and hackers run amok

The Hillary Clinton email scandal just won’t go away.

Never mind that the incident reveals the would-be president’s disregard for security precautions and her arrogant exceptionalism.

The real question is how dangerous they may be from both a legal sense — a problem for Clinton — and from a national security stranpoint — a problem for the rest of us.

And the developments keep coming.

First up, a preview of coming attractions from RT:

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange warns more information will be published about Hillary Clinton, enough to indict her if the US government is courageous enough to do so, in what he predicts will be “a very big year” for the whistleblowing website.

Expressing concerns in an ITV interview about the Democratic presidential candidate, who he claims is monitoring him, Assange described Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump as an “unpredictable phenomenon”, but predictably, given their divergent political views, didn’t say if he preferred the billionaire to be president.


“We have emails relating to Hillary Clinton which are pending publication,” Assange told Peston on Sunday when asked if more of her leaked electronic communications would be published.

About 32,000 emails from her private server have been leaked by Wikileaks so far, but Assange would not confirm the number of emails or when they are expected to be published.

Next up, a Republican takes the rostrum, via The Hill:

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Sunday that Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State could have played a role in Russia’s invasion of Crimea and eastern Ukraine.

“You have to assume that our enemy and adversaries had to have had access to every email that ever went over her private server,” Johnson said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“Did it affect their actions — as it’s related to, for example, [Russian President] Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Crimea or eastern Ukraine? What about the negotiations with Iran? What about Assad?”

And then comes word of a hacking claim, via Fox News:

The infamous Romanian hacker known as “Guccifer,” speaking exclusively with Fox News, claimed he easily – and repeatedly – breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server in early 2013.

“For me, it was easy … easy for me, for everybody,” Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker “Guccifer,” told Fox News from a Virginia jail where he is being held.

Guccifer’s potential role in the Clinton email investigation was first reported by Fox News last month. The hacker subsequently claimed he was able to access the server – and provided extensive details about how he did it and what he found – over the course of a half-hour jailhouse interview and a series of recorded phone calls with Fox News.

Fox News could not independently confirm Lazar’s claims.

And then there’s another hack, via the Associated Press:

Two sophisticated hackers linked to Russian intelligence services broke into the Democratic National Committee’s computer networks and gained access to confidential emails, chats and opposition research on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, the party and an outside analyst said Tuesday.

The firm CrowdStrike said it was approached by the DNC to investigate a potential breach of its systems, which began as early as last summer. Immediately, CrowdStrike found on the DNC’s computer some of the best hackers tied to the Russian government.

DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the incident “serious” and said the committee moved quickly to “kick out the intruders and secure our network.” The DNC said donor, financial and personal information didn’t appear to have been accessed by the hackers.

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