Thursday, December 28, 2017

Jailed Russian Says He Hacked DNC on Kremlin's Orders

A jailed Russian who says he hacked into the Democratic National Committee computers on the Kremlin's orders to steal emails released during the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign now claims he left behind a data signature to prove his assertion. In an interview with Russia's RAIN television channel made public Wednesday, Konstantin Kozlovsky provided further details about what he said was a hacking operation led by the Russian intelligence agency known by its initials FSB. Among them, Kozlovsky said he worked with the FSB to develop computer viruses that were first tested on large, unsuspecting Russian companies, such as the oil giant Rosneft, later turning them loose on multinational corporations. Kozlovsky first came to public attention in early December when word spread about his confession last Aug. 15 in a Russian courtroom that he was the person who hacked into DNC computers on behalf of Russian intelligence.

Comments

Hope his death by poison or disappearance insurance is paid up.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-27 11:57 PM

Putin already said Russia did not meddle in our elections and Donald Trump believes him, that' certainly good enough for me.

Trumpeters who can't accept that Trump is an illegitimate President. They can't even accept the FACT that he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes and any mention of things like Interstate Crosscheck which disenfranchised more minority voters in three important swingstates than his margin of victory are riduculed, denied and even, for the most desperate, justified. Now they are planning to do it nationwide and those same folks are proud of it because they want to win even if they can only win by cheating. It's still "winning" to them.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-28 09:00 AM

The Press??? Liars!

Hillary??? Liar!

Comey??? Liar!

Trumps sex crime accusers??? Liars

Gold Star families??? Liars.

Widow if a fallen, left behind, beheaded US Soldier in Niger??? Liar!

Putin??? "I believe him".

#3 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-12-28 10:40 AM

"They can't even accept the FACT that he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes..."

Just like Liberals can't accept the FACT that the Electoral College has been around for many, many years and the voting rules have been in place for those years. Just like a typical Liberal, you can't accept law unless you agree with it or it helps your cause.

Also, the logic you are using is terrible. I could say right now that you colluded with N. Korea to help them create nuclear missiles, so that means every piece of evidence that comes out showing N. Korea has missiles means you were part of it. Now, Trump could have been involved with Russia, of course. Luckily, in America, there is a thing called evidence that is necessary. But, as with the aforementioned statement, since you are a Liberal and needing evidence doesn't help your cause, you of course disagree with it. Just like when you and others kept complaining about Trump's claims that Obama wasn't born a citizen because he didn't have evidence, now you are making accusations without allegations. Yes, to anyone with an IQ over 100, you sound EXACTLY like a birther.

#4 | Posted by humtake at 2017-12-28 12:07 PM

"Just like Liberals can't accept the FACT that the Electoral College has been around for many, many years and the voting rules have been in place for those years. Just like a typical Liberal, you can't accept law unless you agree with it or it helps your cause."

LIberals accepted defeat but continue to investigate and report how Trump gained victory and are exposing truth every day that the Republicans connived to disqualify over a million voters who were completely innocent of any voter fraud. You, on the other hand are perfectly content to watch people be unfairly disenfranchised because those people are minorities likely to vote against your candidates. The evidence is becoming overwhelming.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-28 12:38 PM

I know it is "just" the Daily Beast but this is a great article...

Meet Posh George Brexit Russian Money man... Oh and tied to tRump...

#6 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-12-28 01:06 PM

Now, Trump could have been involved with Russia, of course. Luckily, in America, there is a thing called evidence that is necessary.

oh there is plenty of "evidence".

You want evidence?

On at least nine occasions, Trump and his senior officials made blanket denials that there had been any contacts whatsoever with Russians during the campaign or that there were any ties between the campaign and Russians.

Turns out Trump's aides and associates had at least 19 face-to-face meetings with Russians or people affiliated with the Russian government during the presidential campaign and transition.

There were at least 51 communications during the campaign or transition between Trump associates and Russians or people closely affiliated with the Russian government, according to their public statements, court filings.

Then there was statements like this:

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

And explosive stuff like this:

Donald Trump Jr, the eldest son of the US president, was in direct communication with WikiLeaks in the crucial final stages of the 2016 presidential election, a new leak of private correspondence from inside the Trump circle reveals.

The most politically explosive communication between the two parties, according to the Atlantic, came on and after 12 October 2016.

"Hey Donald, great to see you and your dad talking about our publications," the WikiLeaks account, @WikiLeaks, said to Trump Jr two days after his father had proclaimed at a campaign rally: "I love WikiLeaks!"

"Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us. There's many great stories the press are missing and we're sure some of your follows [sic] will find it," the message continued.

The message went on to offer a link to wlsearch.tk – a search tool that facilitates the exploration of the database of leaked emails from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign chairman, that WikiLeaks had by then begun to publish.

Julia Ioffe, author of the Atlantic article, writes that Trump Jr did not reply to the WikiLeaks message. But two days later, on 14 October, he did tweet that same link to wlsearch.tk, encouraging "those who have the time to read about all the corruption and hypocrisy" exposed by the WikiLeaks emails.

www.theatlantic.com

I have barely touched the surface of the piles of evidence.

And there is a whole lot more coming.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-28 01:30 PM

I have barely touched the surface of the piles of evidence.

I think you rolled in those stinking piles, and it's affected your brain. Let me know when you can wow us with something significant. All you do is dream. It's 2018, and Trump is soaring, while you huddle in your little corner thinking mean things and plotting how to "get even". Get a life, and take a shower, Stinky.

#8 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-12-28 02:31 PM

- Trump is soaring

Only in the muddled minds of mediocre thinkers. Everywhere else he is at historic low approvals... well, except for the rwingers at Rasmussen.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-28 02:55 PM

"Just like Liberals can't accept the FACT that the Electoral College has been around for many, many years and the voting rules have been in place for those years. Just like a typical Liberal, you can't accept law unless you agree with it or it helps your cause."
LIberals accepted defeat but continue to investigate and report how Trump gained victory and are exposing truth every day that the Republicans connived to disqualify over a million voters who were completely innocent of any voter fraud. You, on the other hand are perfectly content to watch people be unfairly disenfranchised because those people are minorities likely to vote against your candidates. The evidence is becoming overwhelming.

#5 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2017-12-28 12:38 PM | FLAG:

Danni, you need to let Crosscheck go, it's becoming a joke every time you bring it up and you are the only one that thinks it has not been de-bunked. Second of all, I believe you were a big Bernie supporter right? Doesn't it make you a little ticked off that those hacked emails had the Podesta and the DNC calling Bernie supporters morons, basement dwellers and Bernie Bots? Have a little anger aimed at those ------ instead of the Trump supporters, at least they didn't call you an idiot and moron for supporting Bernie.

#10 | Posted by fishpaw at 2017-12-28 03:50 PM

It's 2018, and Trump is soaring, while you huddle in your little corner thinking mean things and plotting how to "get even". Get a life, and take a shower, Stinky.

#8 | Posted by cookfish

Ye, here I am, huddled in my little corner...stinking to high heaven...plotting Trumps demise..MOO HA HA!

I am being so mean to poor lil Donald!

Meanwhile, Humpy Trumpy is Soaring like an Eagle!

Let that Eagle soar!

Also meanwhile, Flynn is singing like a canary.

No worries.. We have the cages ready for both of them.

Let the eagle soar,
Like she's never soared before.
From rocky coast to golden shore,
Let the mighty eagle soar.
Soar with healing in her wings,
As the land beneath her sings:
'Only God, no other kings.'
Let the mighty eagle soar.

Let the eagle soar,
Like she's never soared before.
From rocky coast to golden shore,
Let the mighty eagle soar.
Soar with healing in her wings,
As the land beneath her sings:
'Only God, no other kings.'
Let the mighty eagle soar.

'Only God, no other kings.'
Let the mighty eagle soar

-John (cover those -------) Ashcroft

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-28 05:23 PM

Danni, you need to let Crosscheck go, it's becoming a joke every time you bring it up and you are the only one that thinks it has not been de-bunked

#10 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

Can you please source the debunking?

#12 | Posted by memyselfini at 2017-12-28 10:00 PM

#12

Me.

#13 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-28 10:57 PM

#12
Me.

#13 | POSTED BY ET_AL

Did Vice President Pence commit voter fraud?
You might think so, if you looked at voter registration data that includes only each voter's name and birth year. Mike Pence registered to vote eight times and cast seven ballots across six states in the November 2016 election.
But you would be wrong. Each of these registration records belongs to a different person. Their only crime is that they share their name and were born in the same year as the vice president.
Presumably, the commission will use the names and birthdays in these lists to identify potential duplicate registration records between states. That's the method used by the Interstate Crosscheck Program pioneered by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a co-chair of the commission, which helps states identify voters who have moved to a new state by flagging potential duplicate registration records. In 2012, Crosscheck identified more than 1.4 million potential duplicate registrations.
Recent academic work, however, found that for every 200 registrations flagged using Crosscheck's methodology, at least 199 were false matches in which the middle names or Social Security numbers did not line up. That's one-half of one percent.

www.washingtonpost.com

Those lists were used by Republican Secretaries of State to purge the voter rolls. There were many documented cases of voters being turned away at the polls, and no, I don't want to hear about "provisional ballots" because for the most part they never get counted.

#14 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-12-29 12:14 AM

Jeb Bush did it to help brother George win Florida.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-29 12:51 AM

#15 Is that why Gore lost Tennessee? If he had won his own state Fla would not have mattered. Thought you might want to know.

#16 | Posted by fishpaw at 2017-12-29 12:35 PM

#15 Is that why Gore lost Tennessee? If he had won his own state Fla would not have mattered. Thought you might want to know.

#16 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

What does that possibly have to do with Jeb Bush helping George Bush win Florida by purging voter rolls?

Honestly, don't post unless you have something worth reading.

#17 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-29 12:41 PM

#17 Because if your hero Gore wasn't such a loser that his own state would not elect him then you wouldn't have to dwell on old conspiracy theories on why he lost the election. See the connection now or maybe you should show someone this post to someone else in the home who can explain it to you.

#18 | Posted by fishpaw at 2017-12-29 01:04 PM

"Danni, you need to let Crosscheck go, it's becoming a joke every time you bring it up and you are the only one that thinks it has not been de-bunked"

It is a fact, you on the other hand are a joke. Republicans just can't allow that fact to be acknowledged because it would call into question the legitimacy of the Trump Presidency. If they were honest, even with themselves, they would admit that they would rather have an illigitimate Republican President than another legitimate Democrat.

#19 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-29 01:10 PM

#14

In all the states I've looked at voter rolls are administered at the county level. That includes federally mandated list maintenance.

And yes Crosscheck has a high incidence of false positives which its contract documents admit and caution administrators about. Vetting the raw data, potential matches, in accord with state and federal law eliminates most if not all the false positives.

BTW read the study instead of what WaPo tells you about it.

#20 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-29 02:47 PM

"Danni, you need to let Crosscheck go, it's becoming a joke every time you bring it up"

It has replaced "nazi-coddler" as the new drinking game reference.

*Drink*

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-29 02:54 PM

#19

Yes the existence of Crosscheck is a fact. It is also a fact that Crosscheck has never removed even one voter from any voter roll ever, your and Palast's conspiracy theory notwithstanding.

#22 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-29 03:05 PM

#21

R0C... quickly replacing FishP as the biggest P.

#23 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-29 03:06 PM

#23

No he isn't. Someone else has been crowned that title for life.

#24 | Posted by eberly at 2017-12-29 03:08 PM

That is a crown that you will never relinquish, Dorky.

#25 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-29 03:53 PM

#25

Obfuscating for Nazis was your posting decision, not mine.

#26 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-29 05:29 PM

Does "obfuscating" count in the game? Just to be safe...

*Drink*

#27 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-29 06:27 PM

If he can prove what he did Russia has committed an act of war.

#28 | Posted by Tor at 2017-12-29 06:38 PM

#27

Facetiousness is the last resort of those with no argument.

#29 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-30 12:50 PM

"Yes the existence of Crosscheck is a fact. It is also a fact that Crosscheck has never removed even one voter from any voter roll ever, your and Palast's conspiracy theory notwithstanding."

Now you're resorting to flat out lying. 1.1 million voters were disenfranchised in the last elections due to Crosscheck and you trying to diminish the reputation of Palast is ridiculous. He is absolutely one of the most respected reporters in the world. You....not so much.

#30 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-30 12:57 PM

Now you're resorting to flat out lying.

Yet neither you nor Palast can point to one voter anywhere that was removed from the voting rolls by Crosscheck. Not even one.

1.1 million voters were disenfranchised in the last elections due to Crosscheck ...

If so, those voters were removed from the rolls by local elections administrators due to ineligibility as proscribed by state and federal law. Federal law provides the floor procedures, see SECTION 8 – ADMINISTRATION OF VOTER REGISTRATION, paragraphs 26-46. www.justice.gov Pay particular attention to paragraph 34.

What does the NVRA notice process require to remove a person from the voting rolls based on a change of residence?

In the absence of a written confirmation from a registrant of a change of address outside the jurisdiction, Section 8(d) of the NVRA sets forth a process for removing a person based on change of residence. This process requires sending a forwardable notice, in the form of a postage-prepaid and pre-addressed return card, on which the person may state his or her current address. The notice must include the language required by Section 8(d)(2) of the NVRA. For example, the notice must advise (1) that if the registrant did not change his or her residence, or changed residence but remained in the registrar's jurisdiction, the registrant should complete and return the card not later than the voter registration deadline for the next election; (2) that if the card is not returned, affirmation or confirmation of the registrant's address may be required before the registrant is permitted to vote in a federal election during the period beginning on the date of the notice and ending on the day after the date of the second general election for Federal office that occurs after the date of the notice; and (3) that if the registrant does not vote in an election during that period the registrant's name will be removed from the list of eligible voters.

The jurisdiction may designate the registrant as inactive if the registrant fails to return the card by the voter registration deadline for the next election after the notice is sent.

The jurisdiction may remove the registrant from the voter rolls after sending the notice in two circumstances. First, if the registrant confirms in writing, such as by completing and returning the notice card, that the registrant has changed residence to a place outside the jurisdiction then the registrant can be removed from the list immediately. Second, if the registrant fails to respond to the notice and fails to vote or to appear to vote in an election beginning on the date the notice is sent and ending on the day after the date of the second federal general election after the notice is sent, then the registrant can be removed from the list after that second federal general election.

What are the implications of that procedure when applied to the conspiracy theory regarding the 2016 election? Sometime prior to 2012 state level election officials in MI, AZ and NC plus 198 county election officials plus Crosscheck administrators knew those states would swing the election in 2016. So those hundreds of folks got together and conspired to "disenfranchise" 1.1 million voters in those "swing" states more than four years later.

Give me a fookin' break. Voting rights warriors like the ACLU, the NAACP and the LWV, among others, believe that crap. Why should anyone else?

#31 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-30 02:42 PM

'Crosscheck in action:
Trump victory margin in Michigan: 13,107
Michigan Crosscheck purge list: 449,922

Trump victory margin in Arizona: 85,257
Arizona Crosscheck purge list: 270,824

Trump victory margin in North Carolina: 177,008
North Carolina Crosscheck purge list: 589,393"

www.gregpalast.com

You have cobnsistently denied that Crosscheck denied legitmate voters the right to vote even as the facts have been presented over and over. One has to wonder about your motives. You are a liar and I believe virtually nothing you ever post. We live in a nation where gerrymandering, voting machine tampering, Crosscheck is now going national with Kris Kobach still in charge and you defend all that. You are a dishonest partisan hack or worse but you don't fool anyone with a brain.

#32 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-30 02:58 PM

Furthermore, as to Crosscheck, is anyone really stupid enough to believe Republicans would create this system, then outlaw the revelation of the results and the purging of the computer hard drives immediately after they are used thereby insuring that no one can peak into their dishonest? Palast was somehow able to get hold of their list and discovered the entirely despicable methods they used and revealed them in his movie. A pissant poster like you will never be enough to refute his reporting and you should quit trying because it makes you look like a paid liar.

#33 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-30 03:02 PM

"Greg Palast has been called the "most important investigative reporter of our time – up there with Woodward and Bernstein" (The Guardian). Palast has broken front-page stories for BBC Television Newsnight, The Guardian, Nation Magazine and now Rolling Stone Magazine.
In September 2016, before US Presidential Elections, Palast released his movie The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, based on his New York Times bestselling books, predicting Donald Trump's election.
The film turned out to be a smash hit and continues to be shown all around the US as well as being used by grassroots activists as an organizing tool to fight voter suppression.

The updated, post-election edition of the film, now titled The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Case of the Stolen Election was released in November 2017.

Palast is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, Armed Madhouse , The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and the highly acclaimed Vultures' Picnic, named Book of the Year 2012 on BBC Newsnight Review.

His books have been translated into two dozen languages.

Palast is known for complex undercover investigations, spanning five continents, from the Arctic to the Amazon, from Caracas to California, using the skills he learned over two decades as a top investigator of corporate fraud."

For the rest of you, here's the movie, watch it and cry for America and realize how illigitimate the Trump Presidency is.

thebestdemocracymoneycanbuy.com

#34 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-30 03:07 PM

"Yet neither you nor Palast can point to one voter anywhere that was removed from the voting rolls by Crosscheck. Not even one."

Indeed, the utter lack of discovery is an affront to the Democratic process.

Those who have been scrubbed don't even have legal standing to see if it's because their name was on the CrossCheck list.

Why are you okay with that?

#35 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-30 03:57 PM

#32 and 33

Lacking the capacity to refute the clear point made regarding the Crosscheck conspiracy theory about the 2016 election e.g. it must have been contrived over 5 years ago, you resort to ad hominem. Quite telling.

BTW, section 8 of the NVRA, outlined by the DOJ in post 31, was enacted by the Democratically controlled House and Senate of the 103rd Congress in 1993 and signed by President Clinton. So your supposition about "Republicans would create this system, then outlaw the revelation of the results" is B--L S--T. Just like the conspiracy theory itself is B--L S--T.

#34

Palast's good work in other areas does not mean his work on Crosscheck is equally as good. State and federal election law, Crosscheck contract documents published by the PA ACLU and the lack of action based on his conspiracy theory, which has been around for several years, by any of the numerous voting rights warrior groups is more than enough to show his conspiratorial allegations are B--L S--T.

... here's the movie ...

No, that's a trailer. To view the movie requires a minimum $20.00 "donation." Guess you got a bargain when you paid $2.99 to become a card carrying member of Palast's conspiracy theory club.

#36 | Posted by et_al at 2017-12-30 04:25 PM

"Not even one."

What kind of lawyer argues that absence of evidence is evidence of absence?

The bad kind.

It's the 95% of lawyers who are dishonest disingenuous liars that give the rest a bad name.

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