The April 11 arrest of Julian Assange has resurrected the narrative that emails stored on the Democratic National Committee(DNC)were not hacked by Russia,but leaked by a disenchanted employee,Seth Rich,who wanted to expose how Bernie Sanders was systematically undermined during the 2016 primaries by the DNC.According to this narrative,Rich communicated with Assange and handed over the DNC emails through Wikileaks'secure online drop box.
4月11日朱利安•阿桑奇(Julian Assange)被捕，重新引发了一种说法，即存储在民主党全国委员会(DNC)的电子邮件不是俄罗斯黑客入侵的，而是被一名不再抱有幻想的雇员塞斯•里奇(Seth Rich)泄露的。里奇想要揭露伯尼•桑德斯(Bernie Sanders)在2016年民主党全国委员会初选期间是如何被系统地破坏的。根据这种说法，里奇与阿桑奇进行了沟通，并通过维基解密的安全在线投递箱移交了DNC的电子邮件。
Assange first stated in a June 12,2016,interview that Wikileaks had more of the missing emails from Hillary Clinton's private email server during her time as Secretary of State:"We have upcoming leaks in relation to Hillary Clinton…We have emails pending publication,that is correct."
Two days later,the computer security company"Crowdstrike"published a report that the DNC email servers had been hacked by Russia.The mainstream media quickly embraced the Russia hacking narrative to explain why Clinton and DNC emails were in the hands of Wikileaks.
两天后，计算机安全公司"Crowdstrike"发布了一份报告，称 DNC 电子邮件服务器被俄罗斯黑客攻击。主流媒体迅速接受了俄罗斯黑客的说法，解释为什么克林顿和民主党全国委员会的电子邮件被维基解密掌握。
Here's what the Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima had to say on June 14,2016:
以下是《华盛顿邮报》的 Ellen Nakashima 在2016年6月14日的报道:
Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump,according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach.
However,multiple sources pointed out major problems with Crowdstrike as a competent and impartial investigator into the alleged Russian hacking:
然而，多个消息来源指出 Crowdstrike 作为一个称职和公正的调查员对所谓的俄罗斯黑客行为的主要问题:
The Nakamura[Nakashima]piece marked the first salvo in the Russian hacking meme.But the claim was not backed up by independently verified forensic evidence—it rested solely on the conclusions of a computer security company—Crowdstrike.The pro-Ukrainian politics of Crowdstrike's founder,Dmitri Alperovitch,and his strident opposition to Russia cast a pall of bias over the findings of Crowdstrike.No U.S.Federal Law Enforcement official or agency was given access to the DNC servers.Neither the FBI nor Homeland Security were permitted to examine the servers and the alleged evidence of a hack.
中村(Nakamura，中岛)的文章标志着俄罗斯黑客模因的第一轮攻击。但这一说法并没有得到独立核实的法医证据的支持——它完全依赖于一家计算机安全公司 crowdstrike 的结论。Crowdstrike 创始人德米特里•阿尔佩罗维奇(Dmitri Alperovitch)的亲乌政治立场，以及他对俄罗斯的强烈反对，给 Crowdstrike 的调查结果蒙上了一层偏见的阴影。没有美国联邦执法官员或机构获得进入 DNC 服务器的权限。联邦调查局和国土安全部都没有被允许检查服务器和所谓的黑客证据。
In his 2019 best-selling book,Spygate:The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J.Trump,, Dan Bongino,a former Secret Service officer,detailed the multiple flaws in the Crowdstrike investigation and the puzzling decision to deny the FBI access to the allegedly hacked DNC email server.
前特勤局(Secret Service)官员丹·邦吉诺(Dan Bongino)在他2019年的畅销书《间谍门:对唐纳德·j·特朗普(Donald j.Trump)的蓄意破坏》(Spygate:The attempt Sabotage of Donald j.Trump)中，详细描述了 Crowdstrike 案调查中的多个缺陷，以及令人费解的决定，即拒绝联邦调查局。
Almost a month after Assange's interview that Wikileaks had more Clinton emails and was vetting them for eventual release,Rich was murdered on July 10,2016,in very strange circumstances.Nearly two weeks later,on July 22,Wikileaks dumped 20,000 DNC emails on its website.
A July 25,2016,story published in Vox by Timothy Lee covered the Wikileaks DNC dump and found that many showed the DNC favored the Clinton campaign over Bernie Sanders.In November 2017,Donna Brazile,the former chair of the DNC,confirmed that the DNC had systematically supported Clinton over Sanders.Brazile's admission provides a solid foundation for understanding what motivated Rich to leak to DNC emails to Wikileaks in the first place.
2016年7月25日，蒂莫西·李(Timothy Lee)在Vox上发表了一篇报道，报道了维基解密(Wikileaks)对民主党全国委员会(DNC)的爆料，发现许多报道显示，民主党全国委员会更倾向于支持克林顿(Clinton)的竞选团队，而不是伯尼·桑德斯(Bernie Sanders)。2017年11月，民主党全国委员会前主席唐娜布拉齐尔(Donna Brazile)证实，民主党全国委员会系统性地支持克林顿，而不是桑德斯·布拉齐尔的承认为理解里奇最初向DNC泄露给维基解密的电子邮件的动机提供了坚实的基础。
In an August 2016 Dutch television interview,Assange firmly hinted that Rich's murder was related to his leaking of DNC emails to Wikileaks:
Assange:Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often significant risks.There was a 27-year old that works for the DNC who was shot in the back…murdered..for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington.
Host:That was just a robbery wasn't it?
Assange:No.There's no finding.
Host:What are you suggesting?
Assange:I am suggesting that our sources take risks and they become concerned to see things occurring like that.
Wikileaks then offered a$20,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible,fueling the rumors that Rich was Wikileaks source.
Those who claimed that Rich was responsible for the release of the DNC emails were vilified and forced to backtrack on their claims.Here's how Wikipedia summarized the situation:
Fact-checking websites like PolitiFact.com, Snopes.com, and FactCheck.org stated that these theories were false and unfounded. The New York Times,Los Angeles Times,and The Washington Post wrote that the promotion of these conspiracy theories was an example of fake news.
事实核查网站，如 politifact.com，snopes.com，和 factcheck.org 说，这些理论是错误的，没有根据的。《纽约时报》、《洛杉矶时报》和《华盛顿邮报》都写道，宣扬这些阴谋论是假新闻的一个例子。
Influential figures such as Fox News and Sean Hannity were forced through litigation to abandon their investigations into Rich's murder due to his parents leading the chargecondemning"conspiracy theories".
福克斯新闻频道(Fox News)和肖恩•汉尼提(Sean Hannity)等有影响力的人物被迫通过诉讼，放弃对里奇谋杀案的调查，因为他的父母带头谴责了"阴谋论"。
Rich's parents condemned the conspiracy theorists and said that these individuals were exploiting their son's death for political gain,and their spokesperson called the conspiracy theorists"disgusting sociopaths".
A story published by two Fox News reporters,Malia Zimmerman and Ed Butowsky,in May 2017 was subsequently pulled from the news site and Hannity also stopped covering the story.
Even Bongino's book,Spygate,, failed to mention the Rich connection and what this meant to the whole Russia hacking narrative,which he uncritically endorsed as valid.
After Fox News reporters and Hannity suspended their investigations into Rich leaking the DNC emails,only alternative news sources were willing to investigate the available evidence.Most prominent among them was National Security Agency(NSA)whistleblower,William Binney,who was among the first to conclude that Rich was responsible for the leaking and that Russia was being framed by the Deep State.
Binney,a former Technical Director at the NSA,together with Ray McGovern,a 27 year CIA analyst,wrote on September 20,2017:
We stand by our main conclusion that the data from the intrusion of July 5,2016,into the Democratic National Committee's computers,an intrusion blamed on"Russian hacking,"was not a hack but rather a download/copy onto an external storage device by someone with physical access to the DNC.
我们坚持自己的主要结论，即2016年7月5日侵入民主党全国委员会(Democratic National Committee)电脑的数据不是黑客攻击，而是有实际权限访问 DNC 的人在外部存储设备上进行的下载/复制。这种攻击被归咎于"俄罗斯黑客"。
After Q Anon publicly emerged in late October 2017,Seth Rich was soon mentioned in several posts alluding to his role as the true source for the Wikileaks DNC email leaks,and that he was murdered as a result by hitmen tied to the MS-13 criminal gang and the Clintons.
2017年10月底，QAnon 公开亮相后，赛斯·里奇(Seth Rich)很快在几个帖子中被提及，这些帖子暗指他是维基解密(Wikileaks)的民主党全国委员会(DNC)电子邮件泄露事件的真正来源，他被与 MS-13犯罪团伙和克林顿夫妇有关的杀手杀害。
The alternative news investigation into Rich's role in leaking the DNC emails subsequently languished but gained renewed life a year later on October 4,2018,when the NSA responded to a Freedom of Information request that showed Rich had indeed been communicating with Assange.In their response to a FOIA request filed by attorney Ty Clevenger about information concerning Seth Rich and Julian Assange,the NSA wrote:
Your request has been processed under the provisions of the FOIA.Fifteen documents(32 pages)responsive to your request have been reviewed by this Agency as required by the FOIA and have found to be currently and properly classified in accordance with Executive Order 13526.These documents meet the criteria for classification as set forth in Subparagraph©of Section 1.4 and remains classified TOP SECRET and SECRET.
Since the FOIA request and the NSA response were not released,the NSA's startling admission received no attention by the mainstream media,and only a few alternative media sources picked up the story.One of these was an April 19,2019,article by Mark McCarty who cited a blog post published six months earlier(October 23,2018)that first discussed the NSA FOIA response.
由于《信息自由法》的要求和国家安全局的回应没有公布，国家安全局令人吃惊的承认没有引起主流媒体的注意，只有少数替代性媒体报道了这个故事。其中之一是2019年4月19日的一篇文章，作者是马克·麦卡蒂(Mark McCarty)，他引用了六个月前(2018年10月23日)发表的一篇博客文章，该文首先讨论了 NSA 对《信息自由法》的回应。
McCarty raised important questions over the precise language used in Clevenger's FOIA request and what this meant in terms of documents being withheld.In his April 19,2019,article he pointed out that many of these questions were resolved by Binney in an April 17 interview:
"Ty Clevenger has FOIAed information from NSA asking for any data that involved both Seth Rich and also Julian Assange.
And they responded by saying we've got 15 files,32 pages,but they're all classified in accordance with executive order 13526 covering classification,and therefore you can't have them.
That says that NSA has records of communications between Seth Rich and Julian Assange.I mean,that's the only business that NSA is in — copying communications between people and devices."
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Binney's interpretation of what the NSA had admitted through FOIA is astounding in its implications.The single issue that has come to dominate analyses of the 2016 election is that Russia hacked the DNC and interfered with the integrity of the US Presidential election by passing this on to Wikileaks.
This spawned the nearly two-year Mueller investigation into Trump's collusion with Russia,which generated reams of anti-Trump and anti-Russia stories in the mainstream media.Both Trump and Russia were vilified by a hostile media that was anxious to promote the Russia hacking narrative,and ridiculing anyone suggesting that Rich was the true source of the DNC info being released to Wikileaks,not Russia.
The NSA's admission is the first concrete sign that the Deep State and the mainstream media are about to be exposed for willfully lying and misrepresenting the truth.Assange is all but certain to be extradited to the USA,and will reveal what he knows about Rich and his connection to the DNC email dumps.
While the questioning and extradition of Assange are likely to take an extended period of time,it's worth emphasizing that the truth is already known to the NSA,which is keeping this classified for the moment.It is not known when and how this information will be released,and whether it will be done through Assange,the NSA or some other process.
Despite knowledge of the Rich and Assange connection,the NSA and its two directors since the DNC hacking–Admiral Mike Rogers(2014-2018)and General Paul Nakasone(2018-)–have done very little to publicly alter the mainstream news narrative that Russia had hacked the DNC servers;and that Rich's murder was unrelated to the DNC documents that Wikileaks released less than two weeks after his murder.
尽管知道里奇和阿桑奇之间的关系，美国国家安全局及其自民主党全国委员会(DNC)黑客袭击事件发生以来的两位主管——海军上将迈克·罗杰斯(Mike Rogers，2014-2018)和中曾根将军(Paul Nakasone，2018-)——在公开改变主流媒体关于俄罗斯黑客攻击民主党全国委员会服务器的报道方面做得很少; 里奇的死与维基解密在他被谋杀不到两周后公布的民主党全国委员会文件无关。
Why did the NSA stand by and allow the accusations of Russian hacking to grow to the extent that relations with Russia have been severely damaged,economic sanctions imposed,and a two-year long investigation was established into potential collusion between the Trump Presidential Campaign and the Russians?
One answer worth exploring is that the Deep State had much to fear about a potential collaboration between Trump and Putin in revealing many advanced technology secrets possessed by their respective intelligence services;secrets which President John F.Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev unsuccessfully attempted to unlock 56 years ago,with tragic consequences for both.
[Note:An expanded audio version of the above article is available on YouTube.]
[注:上述文章的扩展音频版可在 YouTube 上获得。]
[Update 4/25/2019–A May 16,2017 article published by the Free Thought Project discussed reports about alleged email communications between Julian Assange and Seth Rich provided by a former homicide detective,Rod Wheeler,from confidential FBI sources.A week later,Wheeler's comments were retracted.It's important to note that the 2018 NSA FOIA release confirms that the email correspondence did take place and was being tracked by the NSA]
[更新4/25/2019-2017年5月16日自由思想项目发表的文章讨论了关于朱利安·阿桑奇和赛斯·里奇之间所谓的电子邮件通信的报道，该报道由前凶杀案侦探罗德·惠勒提供，来自 FBI 的机密消息来源。一周后，惠勒的评论被撤回。值得注意的是，2018年美国国家安全局的《信息自由法》确认了电子邮件确实发生了，并被国家安全局追踪