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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign maneuvers mostly in secret. But the infamous dossier at the heart of the scandal, which was compiled by ex-British spook Christopher Steele on behalf of an intelligence firm alternately retained by the conservative Web site Washington Free Beacon and members of the Clinton campaign, constantly finds its way to the center of the news.

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First there was Monday's juicy Foreign Policy story revealing that BuzzFeed, which published the dossier in early 2017 and was subsequently sued over it, recently commissioned "a team led by a former top F.B.I. and White House cybersecurity official" to trek all over the world "on a secret mission to verify parts" of the explosive document. Now, BuzzFeed is taking the Democratic National Committee to court in an attempt to compel it to turn over information it believes will bolster its defense ...

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The plot thickens...this is the last thing that the DNC wants or needs right now.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-14 07:18 PM | Reply

I saw this earlier today.

Buzzfeed is fighting for their life with this.

Gawker was taken down by the same kind of lawsuit by Hulk Hogan.

Forensic analysis of the Democratic Party's server and devices will either save/break Buzzed. I don't know how a judge can deny this exploratory evidence.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-02-14 07:23 PM | Reply

Shocked. I am shocked that the DNC is sitting on actual evidence that Trump is a Russian stooge but refuses to release it.

One can only assume that Trump is behind this. Or Russia. Or maybe Jill Stein. She may be a Russian agent too, see here: www.truthdig.com

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-02-14 07:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

I am shocked that the DNC is sitting on actual evidence that Trump is a Russian stooge but refuses to release it.

Ironic in the truest sense of the word. They also refused to allow the FBI to examine their servers for the same purpose:

The Democratic National Committee "rebuffed" a request from the FBI to examine its computer services after it was allegedly hacked by Russia during the 2016 election, a senior law enforcement official told CNN Thursday.

"The FBI repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data, only to be rebuffed until well after the initial compromise had been mitigated," a senior law enforcement official told CNN. "This left the FBI no choice but to rely upon a third party for information. These actions caused significant delays and inhibited the FBI from addressing the intrusion earlier."

One would think that the DNC, if they had actual, solid evidence that confirmed any part of the Steele Dossier that they paid for, would gladly release that evidence to the FBI.

I wonder what they are trying to hide?

FBI: DNC rebuffed request to examine computer servers

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-14 07:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The interesting thing here is that the FBI, in 2016, "requested" access to the servers and the DNC said no. Ordinarily, when the FBI is told no, they go to a judge and get a subpoena issued forcing production of the evidence. This time, they didn't, which is really unusual.

Guess who was running the DOJ at the time? The FBI? Who was the DNI?

Funny how that works.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-14 07:37 PM | Reply

I like how the only people with access - CrowdStrike, which is run by and a virulently anti-Putin Ukrainian, immediately found a Russian virus. But the compile date on the virus was for one day after CrowdStrike arrived. Also, the virus had no access to the e-mail system and the hard-coded IP address in it was shut-down in 2015.

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-02-14 07:57 PM | Reply

This should be the final nail in the DNC coffin on the Russia nonsense. What are the odds that the servers are being bleach bitted now and destroyed with hammers? No way the DNC will ever turn these servers over to anyone for an actual investigation.

#7 | Posted by Rex_Buyt at 2018-02-14 09:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Didn't that stuff go to Pakistan with Debbie Schultz's boyfriend?

#8 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-14 09:47 PM | Reply

Didn't that stuff go to Pakistan with Debbie Schultz's boyfriend?

#8 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

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Did you see the video of DWS threatening the Capitol Police about returning the laptops they found that her boyfriend had hidden. Nope, Dems got nothing to hide...

#9 | Posted by Rex_Buyt at 2018-02-14 10:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Buzz believes the DNC has proof that the Steele dossier is true and you think this is bad for the dems?
The Dems, the US IC and Mueller have been tight lipped about the evidence of Trump treason they have.
So far 4 GOP operatives have been indicted and two have plead guilty and are cooperating with Mueller.
Most of the white house staff have hired lawyers, this is unheard of.
Zero dems have been indicted after nearly a year of accusations and investigations.

The dems are looking squeaky clean compared to the GOP swamp dwellers.

#10 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-15 02:32 AM | Reply

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#10 Sigh. 12 high ranking FBI and DOJ officials have had to step down over their connections to the both of the fake Trump dossiers, the Fusion GPS science-fiction story Hillary paid for and the nearly identical one Sydney Blumenthal wrote, which was used to get a FISA warrant to spy on her political opponent in a presidential election that never would have been issued if the source of the material where known to the judge (they withheld that it all came from Hillary in the warrant). And they also played a role in covering up her e-mail scandal, by changing the report in regard to handling classified materials on her private server, from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless." Which changes whether she can be charged with a felony crime or not. And then their e-mails revealed them talking about their conspiracy to not only do that, but to frame Trump as a Russian agent in an attempt to stage a coup.

Mueller hasn't convicted anyone of anything related to being a Russian agent. He managed a process crime for Flynn and some other dirt-bag got busted for being corrupt. Neither of which had anything to do with Russia.

So don't give me that 20 month old warn out crap about "Mueller is keeping the truth about Trump a secret", because he doesn't have anything at all. And if he did, it would have been leaked to destroy Trump already, since Mueller is a Hillary henchman who was involved in Uranium One. He's the guy who prevented the FBI informant from testifying about it.

#11 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-02-15 03:28 AM | Reply | Funny: 5 | Newsworthy 4

#10 And you would now that if you got out of your corporate media controlled box and did any real digging, since plenty of left-wing sites like The Intercept, Nation, the Hill, etc... have all reported this. Even C-SPAN is covering it. But now the corporate media. You really need to escape your echo chamber.

#12 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-02-15 03:30 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Mueller is going to pretty much end up with nothing other than catching some people in petty crimes or perjury traps. But the Russian collusion was by Hillary and Dems.

As Victor Davis Hanson said of Mueller:

"His team is now replaying the role of Patrick Fitzgerald in the Scooter Libby case: investigating a crime that did not exist and that even if it did was committed by someone else."

#13 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-15 05:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I wonder what they are trying to hide?

FBI: DNC rebuffed request to examine computer servers

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter

Sure you do.

Meanwhile shocking numbers of trump's team had meetings with russia that they lied about or "forgot" about. Do you spend any time wondering what THEY have to hide?

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-15 01:02 PM | Reply

#11 If Obama wanted to smear Trump during the campaign he could have legally declassified and released surveillance and the existence of Russian interference investigations. He didn't. Instead republicans illegally leaked details of the Hillary email investigation.

Mueller has indicted 4 Trump campaign staff. No Dems have been indicted. The GOP control the DOJ and FBI, yet still no Dem indictments.

So you claim there is evidence of Dem wrongdoing that hasn't made it to an indictment in years, but it is impossible that evidence of GOP wrongdoing exists. You are deluded, get out of your confirmation bias bubble.

#15 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-15 01:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Meanwhile shocking numbers of trump's team had meetings with russia that they lied about or "forgot" about. Do you spend any time wondering what THEY have to hide?

#14 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2018-02-15 01:02 PM | FLAG:

Do you have absolutely any f-in clue what this story is about and it's implications? No? Thought so. Now go away and let the grown ups talk. You are too stupid to post here again.

#16 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-15 01:37 PM | Reply

Do you have absolutely any f-in clue what this story is about and it's implications? No? Thought so. Now go away and let the grown ups talk. You are too stupid to post here again.

Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-15 01:37 PM | Reply

Funniest post of the year.

#17 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-02-15 01:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Do you have absolutely any f-in clue what this story is about and it's implications? No? Thought so. Now go away and let the grown ups talk. You are too stupid to post here again.

#16 | Posted by fishpaw

I think you mean go away and let me continue to pretend to be an informed skeptic about news stories, but only when they're about dems.

Your skepticism and paranoia only extends to one side.

Anyone who thinks the DNC and hillary still need investigating but that russia is a nothingburger isn't a grown up at all.

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-15 01:45 PM | Reply

Oh I beg to differ, I am for a full investigation of both! I'm just glad that there is actually evidence coming to the surface for one of them.

#19 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-15 01:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Oh I beg to differ, I am for a full investigation of both! I'm just glad that there is actually evidence coming to the surface for one of them.

#19 | Posted by fishpaw

If you're implying no evidence has come to the surface in the russia investigation, all you're proving is how you live in a bubble of delusion, which means no one should really listen to you about anything.

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-15 02:08 PM | Reply

It's simple. The DNC is lying, and has been from the get-go.

Friendly deep-state contacts greased the skids in hopes of a coveted "thank-you" from the Queen Bee herself.

#21 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-02-15 02:59 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Friendly deep-state contacts greased the skids in hopes of a coveted "thank-you" from the Queen Bee herself.

#21 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM AT 2018-02-15 02:59 PM | REPLY

In the basement of that pizza parlor right?

#22 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-02-15 03:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 6

I am not going to claim to be the be all end all expert but I have dug into systems and log files to identify a hacker, caught them and booted them. I have blocked outside attacks multiple times. Business in general does not value security. The DNC should have known better. It kills me to read so much of this from people I mostly see as not capable of understanding what is being discussed.

There is plenty of room to speculate on whether the DNC is/was hiding something by denying server access. Like say the fact they conspired against Bernie? That alone was enough to not want people to know right? Everyone on the Right's crying about how the FBI is full of libruhls and conspiring against them. Well maybe the DNC feels there are a lot of right leaning folks in the FBI and they have some political secrets and strategies they don't want the GOP to learn of? I'm not naive - the DNC is not an "innocent" organization. They have plenty of secrets.

It's also amazing how many on the right ignore the Steel Dossier came from the right as opponent research project that was handed off to the DNC. The origin of the Steel Dossier is the GOP.

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat - CrowdStrike's founder is indeed virulently anti-Russian with reason. He is also extremely reputable and someone I would turn to if I thought Russia hacked me. I have never heard this "compile" date being the day after CrowdStrike became involved. Maybe I just missed it - have links?

But there are the claims laid out by VIPS about an inside job. Only one reputable source I am aware of published on this - The Nation. The Nation paid for an independent analysis of the claims - post publication. Analysis It's very much worth a read and if I boil it down to 3 words it says "not so fast". Even VIPS people were in disagreement about the memo. The dates mentioned were file creation and edit dates and times because that's what outsiders have access to. Frankly there may be guilty parties galore but the evidence does not contradict the DNC, CrowdStrike or the FBI at this time.

As for Buzzfeeds lawsuit - good luck. The FBI didn't get access in time and speaking frankly at this point there is no point. If I wasn't going to give it to the FBI, I'd have recycled it by now.

#23 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-02-15 03:57 PM | Reply

Oh I beg to differ, I am for a full investigation of both! I'm just glad that there is actually evidence coming to the surface for one of them.

#19 | POSTED BY FISHPAW AT 2018-02-15 01:50 PM | REPLY |

Hillary was fully investigated multiple times and no actionable dirt was ever dug up.

#24 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-02-15 10:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#24- It's gotta be frustrating that all those Republican lead investigations over decades are being run by such massively incompetent people. Seriously, they know Hillary is guilty, dammit!

A wasscally wabbit she is!

#25 | Posted by YAV at 2018-02-15 10:20 PM | Reply

The Washington Free Beacon hired Fusion GPS. The DNC took over the research after Drumpf became the face of the Republican Party (and why not?), during which time Steele discovered unusual and shocking evidence of Russia contacts with one of the two candidates (the one NOT named Clinton). Steele took notes. Notes are not a report. Notes are notes...I assume there would be some confidence in some of the notes, and some we-don't-have-solid-proof-so-don't-use-this-without-verifying-it on others. Buzzfeed published them anyway.

Now, Buzzfeed is being sued for libel because they published the unverified memos, nobody asked them to...they were notes, not press releases...the dossier has some things that were verified, and some that were not. The DNC did not publish the notes, so they are not being sued for libel, Buzzfeed is.

The DNC may not have, or maybe they do have, corroborating evidence of the notes - but I imagine that they don't have evidence that ALL of the notes were verifiable. If someone was going on a fishing expedition to see which parts of leaked notes were corroborated by the DNC (if any), why would the DNC play ball? Someone asking you to open your servers because they published some notes by a person who was doing research for you seems a bit sketchy.

How this implicates the DNC of any wrongdoing is beyond me. The ratf'ers in the Republican Party are fishing and spinning to make this about the DNC. If anyone should open up their servers for an investigation, it's the RNC.

#26 | Posted by chuffy at 2018-02-15 11:45 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Furthermore, subpoenaing security logs and forensic evidence as public record is a stretch. There's no way they should be able to compel that data - if the FBI doesn't have access to it, nobody will. The DNC is not a public corporation, it is a private corporation, and there's no way in hell anyone with any knowledge of security would allow that data to see the light of day.

#27 | Posted by chuffy at 2018-02-16 12:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I like how the only people with access - CrowdStrike, which is run by and a virulently anti-Putin Ukrainian, immediately found a Russian virus. But the compile date on the virus was for one day after CrowdStrike arrived. Also, the virus had no access to the e-mail system and the hard-coded IP address in it was shut-down in 2015.

#6 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT

Hackers from Dutch intelligence service AIVD infiltrated a Russian hacker group a year before it hacked into Hillary Clinton's Democratic campaign team, it has been claimed. A joint investigation by two Dutch news outlets details how AIVD infiltrated the Russian computer network Cozy Bear in mid-2014.

The AIVD reportedly witnessed Russian hackers transferring thousands of emails and files from Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers and informed the FBI. The AIVD's observations provided "crucial evidence" of Russian involvement in the attacks, de Volkskrant reported, adding that SIX anonymous American and Dutch sources supported this view. www.euronews.com

#28 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-02-16 08:40 AM | Reply

Hillary was fully investigated multiple times and no actionable dirt was ever dug up.

#24 | POSTED BY HATTER5183

So that means we've given her plenty of that good old "due process" Humpy cares about soooo much.

Time to

Lock Her Up!

#29 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-16 10:12 AM | Reply

I suspect Buzzfeed's marketing department was more behind this law suit than their news room. They have been losing big $$$ and need to appeal to a new market and Trump voters offer an easy target, so start some law suit you don't even hope to win that purports to try to reveal the DNC as a criminal enterprise and the Trumpeters will flock to you.

"Take BuzzFeed, which has evolved from a producer of light-hearted listicles and quirky social media round-ups into a global news and entertainment publisher. The company is expected to miss its revenue target of $350m by 15 to 20 per cent. This is the second time it will have fallen short in three years."

www.newstatesman.com

#30 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-16 12:03 PM | Reply

#30 LOL, you thought they were the big time news outlet when they released the dossier which you totally fell for, now when they are suing the DNC for providing false information that was the dossier you are saying they were crap all along. Priceless

#31 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-16 03:36 PM | Reply

"now when they are suing the DNC for providing false information that was the dossier you are saying they were crap all along."

You don't know if anything in the dossier was false. The DNC can though contend that the release will compromise their security systems and that Buzzfeed is really just on a fishing expedition which if it brought their hoped results could greatly increase their market share and result in much improved bottom line.

#32 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-16 09:44 PM | Reply

It's also amazing how many on the right ignore the Steel Dossier came from the right as opponent research project that was handed off to the DNC. The origin of the Steel Dossier is the GOP.

The Steele "Dossier" originated with the GOP just as B. Hussein's Birtherism originated with the Dems. Politics is a bitch.

#33 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-16 09:54 PM | Reply

Mueller's charge only goes to links between the Trump campaign and Russians. If Rosenstein wants to expand it to include any other campaigns, maybe more Dems or other parties would be called for questioning.

The Steele dossier was fueled with Intel straight from the KGB. Maybe he was fed disinformation which the DNC gleefully regurgitated. Note: that is actual DNC and KGB connection through an intermediary.

Maybe if Podesta's email password wasn't "p@ssword" or he didn't reset his password by clicking on a phishing link, there would not have been a hacking. Ya know at this point I'm not even sure it was a hack or just stupidity. If it was a hack, I would hope the DNC would help out Buzzfeed by turning over the information that has been subpoenaed. I wonder if the DNC will ignore a court order if a judge compels them?

Smash! Smash! Smash! The sound of sledge hammers being applied to servers.

#34 | Posted by Nuke_Gently at 2018-02-17 11:46 AM | Reply

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