Friday, June 30, 2017

Matched! Four pieces of Russia Collusion Inquiry "Fit" Together

Puzzle Piece "D": new and, it seems, unmatched, from beg. of Sept 2016. On Rachel Maddow's show of 06-29-17, she highlighted the then-breaking story from the WSJ, "GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn"^ The story--from the "GOP Operative", Peter Smith, personal account--basically describes how he assembled a team to locate the hackers who stole the DNC info based on a presumption/hope that the same hackers also stole emails from Clinton's personal home server. If found, he intended to convince them to give them up for use against Clinton. According to Smith, he believed he was successful in contacting the hackers, whom he also believed were Russian-government-affiliated, but was not convinced that what he got from them were legitimate Clinton emails. So, he called on them to release everything they had to WikiLeaks. Of course, many documents were released thereafter, but none purporting to be from Clinton's server. In conjunction with, and throughout, this operation, Smith claimed to be reporting his efforts to ... Michael Flynn.

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