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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

(CNN)The head of a data analytics company linked to the Trump campaign contacted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016 regarding thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails kept on a private server while she was secretary of state, according to four sources familiar with the outreach.

Alexander Nix, the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, sent an email to several people including top Donald Trump donor Rebekah Mercer, relaying that he had emailed Assange seeking access to emails from Clinton's private server to turn them into a searchable database for the campaign or a pro-Trump political action committee, two of the sources said.
Cambridge Analytica was hired in the summer of 2016 as part of the Trump campaign's three-pronged data operation, which was led by Brad Parscale and overseen by Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

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News of the email exchange comes amid federal investigations into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Parscale, the Trump campaign's digital director, was interviewed Tuesday by the House intelligence committee as part of that inquiry.

Assange confirmed the exchange in a post on Twitter Wednesday. "I can confirm an approach by Cambridge Analytica [prior to November last year] and can confirm that it was rejected by WikiLeaks," he tweeted.

#1 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-10-25 06:56 PM | Reply

As always, if they protest too loudly it's probably because they're doing it too.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2017-10-25 07:41 PM | Reply

Except hacking emails is a crime.

Paying for opposition research is not.

#3 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-10-25 08:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3
HA!!! ...paying for hacked emails, you think is legal.

#4 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-10-25 08:53 PM | Reply

Rebecca Ballhaus‏ @rebeccaballhaus*

Trump campaign issues statement downplaying Cambridge Analytica‘s role working for campaign, doesn't address Assange/emails

FEC reports show Trump campaign paid Cambridge Analytica $5.9M for data management. Campaign now says $5M of that was for TV ad buy in Sept.

Parscale, asked for comment: "I have said from the beginning this $5M Cambridge Invoice is mislabeled in the FEC reports."

*@WSJ reporter covering the White House and money in politics

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-25 10:18 PM | Reply

Trump Jr. = treason/collusion

Hillary = oppo research

Hillary was just a little smarter by putting 2-3 layers between her and the Russians.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-10-25 10:59 PM | Reply

Well, 2 or 3 layers, and also somehow tricking others -- namely Republicans running against him in the primary -- into starting the whole thing.

She's also somehow convinced about 40% of the country and donnie dealbreaker himself that he is still running against her and not running the country.

She sure is crafty..

#7 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-10-26 03:56 AM | Reply

I said this on a related thread:

This is desperation.

Donald Trump Jr jumped at the opportunity for dirt on Hillary from a Russian lawyer. He ended up paying zero money and acquired zero dirt. But the intent was there and it was finally fire where we were only seeing smoke. Absolutely.

This is a hundredfold times worse. As much as the DNC wants it to, this isn't going away. As biased as most journalists are, they detest being lied to and that is exactly what happened here.

POSTED BY JEFFJ AT 2017-10-26 09:36 AM

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-10-26 09:39 AM | Reply

"This is a hundredfold times worse"

Your meter needs to be re-calibrated.

#9 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-10-26 10:05 AM | Reply

"Everyone colluded with Russia....

Except for Donald Trump and anyone associated with him."

-- every republican

#10 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-10-26 10:07 AM | Reply

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"This is a hundredfold times worse"
Your meter needs to be re-calibrated.

#9 | POSTED BY DANFORTH

Really?

Please explain how this is no worse, or even better, than Don Jr. meeting with that Russian lawyer.

That meeting got a lot of people here and on the left in general awfully riled up.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-10-26 10:14 AM | Reply

"The FBI randomly kicks in the doors on innocent people's houses before the sun comes up.

Happens all the time.

If you want to know who is guilty just look at the people who's doors are not being kicked in and who are not under investigation."

-- every republican

#12 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-10-26 10:26 AM | Reply

#12 I'm now convinced you're a twelve-year-old middle schooler who's been expelled for something.

#13 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-10-26 10:59 AM | Reply

Right.

And the FBI has never kicked my door in before the sun came up.

I also must be guilty of something.

#14 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-10-26 12:22 PM | Reply

I also must be guilty of something.

#14 | POSTED BY MRSILENCEDOGOOD AT 2017-10-26 12:22 PM

The results are in...

#15 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-26 12:36 PM | Reply

This is a scandal of Hillery's own making. She knew it was wrong, completely ageist the law, but as usual, the rules didn't apply to her. Now the entire weight of the Federal government is poised to make her accountable for years of questionable and out right criminal behavior. The FBI is working every day, 50 agents strong. Weiner's laptop helped a lot.

#16 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-27 01:46 PM | Reply

It's good that we have DOCNJO to tell us what HRC knew and didn't know. Turns out he has magical camera inside her head with which he is able to accurately gauge everything she does and does not know at any given time. Because we have the luxury of reliable people such as DOCJNO we no longer even need any evidence to accuse and prosecute our political enemies.

#17 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-10-27 01:49 PM | Reply

"It's good that we have DOCNJO to tell us what HRC knew and didn't know."

Gee, that would only be on a list of 1 million things 30 people here on the DR tell us what Trump, GWB, Ryan, McConnell, etc. know and don't know.

Yeah...it's crap and you're right that DOCNJO doesn't know anything.

But it's also crap you care, obviously.

#18 | Posted by eberly at 2017-10-27 01:53 PM | Reply

#17 | Posted by moder8, So an individual who had worked in government for decades didn't know enough to keep classified documents off an unsecured server? That means that she is ether incompetent or stupid, or perhaps she believed she was not subject to the laws us mere mortals must abide by. So far the count is 114 classified documents, each carry minimum prison time if convicted.

#19 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-27 01:59 PM | Reply

DOCJNO, with all due respect, you are so full of ----. As you well know, I'm no HRC fan. But for you to claim to have knowledge about what she is personally aware of or not is just plain partisan -----------. Especially given your eagerness to defend Trump against all claims made against him which have yet to be proven in a court of law.

#20 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-10-27 02:03 PM | Reply

#20 | Posted by moder8 Facts are not partisan. What is your explanation of her using an illegal server? She was breaking the law doing State Dept. business on that server and she knew it or she is more stupid than the Specialist I saw led off in cuffs. The Specialist was 20 with a GED. Hillery, was in her 60s with a law degree from Harvard.

#21 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-27 03:30 PM | Reply

"What is your explanation of her using an illegal server?"

Illegal?

#22 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-27 03:33 PM | Reply

One outside government control. DUH. You do not do government business on private servers or the unsecured internet. Hell, I knew that when the internet started. Most of those laws were passed while her husband was in office.

#23 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-27 03:40 PM | Reply

"You do not do government business on private servers or the unsecured internet."

Two things:
1. You're full of ----.
2. You know it.

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-27 04:10 PM | Reply

#24 | Posted by snoofy So do point out what is untrue. I am waiting patiently, crickets. Discriminating classified information outside approved channels is a crime, a felony.

#25 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-27 06:35 PM | Reply

"Discriminating classified information outside approved channels is a crime, a felony."

Her actions were reviewed, and the prosecutor did not recommend a charge.

But merely using a private server was not illegal.

#26 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-27 06:44 PM | Reply

#26 | Posted by snoofy You mean Comey and Lynch? They are no longer in office. The investigations continue. The current FBI director and AG are not nearly as accommodating.

#27 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-27 07:11 PM | Reply

Then why hasn't she been charged in these past eight months?
Nothingburger is why.

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-27 07:16 PM | Reply

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