May 11, 2020

UPDATE:  Since I wrote this piece, Aaron Mate of "The GrayZone" came out with a similar observation and also appeared on Tucker Carlson's show.  He's no Trump supporter by any means; in fact, when you go to his site you'll see he's politically to the left.  He must be the ONE LEFTIST who is able to look at the Russia hoax objectively, and he comes to the same conclusion about the so-called "Russian hack" that we did...

While combing through an 88-page transcript from the House Intelligence Committee –- the kind of thing some of us do for weekend fun during self-quarantine –- we found some very interesting things.

This unclassified but still lightly redacted and “committee sensitive” transcript documents a December 5, 2017, appearance before the committee of CrowdStrike cybersecurity expert Shawn Henry. Mr. Henry is flanked by lawyers: David C. Lashway, attorney for CrowdStrike, and Graham M. Wilson of Perkins Coie Political Law Group, attorney for...drum roll, please... the DNC and Hillary Clinton.

The hearing involves questioning by both the majority and minority committee members (unlike Adam Schiff’s shifty impeachment hearings, in which only Democrats could ask questions). The tone seems mostly friendly and casual, at least at first.

Henry starts by giving some background on himself: He was hired by the DNC on April 30 of 2016 after the apparent hacking of their servers. “I worked with Michael Sussmann [NOTE: this is the attorney for Hillary Clinton who distributed unverified anti-Trump “dirt” to the CIA], who is counsel at Perkins Coie, when I was in the FBI, in the FBI Cyber Division, probably back in the early 2000s. Michael was an attorney at the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the Department of Justice, where I knew him.” Sussman was the one who contacted Henry about helping the DNC find out what happened to their servers.

Henry’s understanding was that the FBI had gone to the DNC and notified them that they might have been hacked. This seems odd to me (how would they know?) and, given what we've learned about the FBI’s phony “Russia” ploy, raises some questions about their role in this; but as Henry tells them, this scenario happens “periodically.” In such cases, the FBI provides only intelligence and “direction,” not “remediation,” which includes a technical analysis of what happened. That would be the job for his company, CrowdStrike.

"Remediation is essentially cleaning it up,” Henry explains. “Something bad has happened. There’s been an actor. There’s malware, malicious software in an environment. Somebody has access to what’s occurring in the environment. So the remediation is cleaning out the bad stuff and putting in place infrastructure that is safe and secure.” He adds that “starting in June of 2016, we provided them the data that would have been of value to them.” That would have included “a lot of the indicators, the malware, and other pieces of code that we took off the computer network.”

Not the hardware, though. “Could they conduct their own investigation in a thorough fashion without access to the actual hardware?” asks Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah. They bat this question around a bit, with Stewart pressing him on whether it would be better for investigators to be supplied with the hardware. And he asks, “Would there be reason for not making that available that overrides the benefit of having a more conclusive investigation?” The tone of the interview has obviously changed at this point, with that exchange ending in sort of a stalemate.

So where did Henry first get the idea that it might have been the Russians? Well, not from his own investigation; Sussmann (Hillary's dirt-peddler) had told him, saying that the FBI had used a term related to the Russian government (“the Dukes”) when they contacted the contractor who had been administering the network for the DNC.

And what did Henry find? “We saw activity that we believed was consistent with activity we’d seen previously and had associated with the Russian government,” he tells the committee. “...We said that we had a high degree of confidence that it was the Russian was consistent with a nation-state adversary and associated with Russian intelligence.”

Henry says that by the end of their remediation period, June 12, whoever had intruded should not have been able to do it again. But then he tells them that someone else did, in September. “There was another activity in the environment,” Henry says. “We didn’t do direct attribution back in that case. They were different tools that were not similar or consistent with what we’d seen the first time. In other words, there was a second successful breach “in an environment that...did not have our technology deployed into it.”

On page 32 of the transcript, Mr. Henry goes into a distinction between “indications” that the Russians hacked (which he had seen) and actual “evidence” of this (which he had not seen). They had INDICATORS that data was exfiltrated, but “DID NOT HAVE EVIDENCE THAT DATA WAS EXFILTRATED FROM THE DNC.” (Emphasis mine.)

I\Interestingly, Adam Schiff tries to create a timeline with the date in April that the data was “staged for exfiltration” and the end-of-April conversation George Papadopoulos had –- with someone we now know was a “confidential human source” –- about Russians being in possession of stolen DNC/Hillary emails. Now that we know what the FBI is capable of, it’s reasonable to wonder if this timing might conceivably have been part of the set-up. Could the FBI have even put those Russian “indicators” on the hard drives? What used to sound like conspiracy theory seems entirely plausible now, given what we know about the Russia hoax..

Towards the end of the session, Rep. Stewart returns to Henry’s admission that he didn’t have direct evidence that Russia actually exfiltrated data from the DNC computers. Anything cited as “evidence” was circumstantial. They saw signs the Russians had been nosing around (signs that would be very hard, Henry says, for someone else to imitate), but nothing definite to indicate they had exfiltrated the data.

And it’s possible, Henry says, that the Russians had done this before, in the months before the FBI caught wind of something unusual, and had erased the "indications" so no one would ever know. Admittedly, I’m not a cybersecurity expert, but here’s a question: if the Russians can do that, why didn’t they do it THIS time?

Finally, Henry is asked if there's any evidence that anyone besides Russia had access to the DNC servers, and he says no. But what about that later brEach, the one using "different tools"? Maybe there's no evidence about that one because they didn't even look into it.

The meeting concludes with Henry saying he stands by his assessment that the Russian government hacked the DNC. “It’s a conclusion we made,” he says. But, remember, this is still his opinion. After all this time, and all the hysterical cries of “Russia Russia Russia!,” there is no direct evidence of Russian hacking of the DNC. Recall that CrowdStrike hasn’t always been correct in blaming Russia, as they mistakenly reported that Russia had hacked Ukraine’s military equipment.

Recall also that Robert Mueller’s special counsel never attempted to interview Julian Assange about who leaked the DNC emails to him. Assange has long maintained that the emails he received were not from Russia or any government. He has also made it clear he NEVER reveals a source, but wouldn’t it be great if he’d finally help us solve the mystery once and for all? Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell is in a position to seek answers. More to come.

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  • Jay H Mohler

    05/22/2020 11:05 AM

    The mud in the swamp of Washington gets deeper and thicker and smellier on a daily basis! Can we ever get to the bottom or is the mud so deep that the bottom cannot be reached??

  • Dusty

    05/13/2020 10:06 AM

    We all should be sick in our stomachs to see what our own Govt was able to do and we pay for this? SAD and very scary. That why did they not even let him have his own attorney. Judge who is close to the enemies? What we all had to endure and this President for over 3 years. A total set up of lies by people we all trusted? Manafort to be released to his home YES per what they did to him and set ups no real Russian. So anyone who did business which Hillary and others had per Russia for a long time was then conspiring ? Can hardly wait to hear about China and the billionaires we now have off of business per China that has about destroyed the World? VOTERS wake up .

  • HelenC

    05/12/2020 05:54 AM

    Strzok and Page are reported to have edited the FBI report on meeting with Flynn. This was against FBI protocol. Another FBI agent present had the job of writing up the interview Strzok had with Flynn. This report was supposed to be filed unedited. Strzok edited it. Strzok also sent it to Page to edit. Page was not present when Stzok interviewed Flynn. It was against FBI protocol to have FBI agent who was not present to edit interviews. Why are these agents doing this? How many other FBI interviews have been “edited”. This smacks of kangaroo courts worthy of a Facist regime.

  • Melvin G. Gamble

    05/12/2020 02:31 AM

    Wanted to bring a blue-state dirty trick to your attention. This is being done in my home state, Oregon, through a program called "Oregon Work Share". It's an employment division (unemployment) program that allows employers to cut emplyee hours - as opposed to layoffs - and the state will pay partial unemployment benefits to the employees while the employer continues to provide insurance and other benefits. For example, an employer cuts hours by 20%, applies to the program, and the employees receive 20% of the unemployment benefit they'd have been receiving if they were fully unemployed. I first saw this being considered by the Portland Public Schools. The 20% UE benefit doesn't totally make up for the 20% loss of pay...normally. However, those employees will now qualify for the full $600/week added UE benefit from the Covid Relief funds. Example: A teacher makes $60k/year, or average $5k/month, and takes a 20% cut of $1,000/month. The state unemployment benefit for that loss only amounts to a few hundred/month, but the employee now gets the additional $2,400/month ($600 weekly) provided by the relief funds, a raise of $1,400/month for working fewer hours and paid for by taxes (future debt) from all 50 states!

    I've taken a brief look at "Oregon Work Share" on the state website and seen nothing to indicate that this is limited to schools or other state employers but I haven't yet heard of any private employers considering using it. It was several days ago when I heard the Portland schools were looking at doing this and I considered that par for the course in Portland. Sunday evening I got a blurb about an upcoming (Monday evening) board meeting for my little hometown local district and the same scheme is on the agenda, so the it's spreading.

    I don't know if this is currently an Oregon-only thing, but as word gets out I can see some quick legislative action in other states to pull the same shenanigans. We knew when it was set up by Pelosi & crew that not limiting the added unemployment benefit to just making the employee "whole" would be an enticement to many but I wonder if any of those folks saw this state-level abuse coming?

  • Joseph Allen Cook

    05/12/2020 01:45 AM

    Thank you Governor Huckabee!!!

  • Gregory Weinman

    05/11/2020 10:53 PM

    I can't certify how well the DNC protected its information systems. It would be unusual for a company maintaining a server farm for a sensitive client to leave its computers unsecured. It's pretty easy to trace unauthorized access in any secured computer.
    Previous reports of investigation into the email leaks noted the time stamps were too short for data transmission over a communications connection. The timestamps were more suggestive of a direct to media local download.

  • Tony Weaver

    05/11/2020 07:50 PM

    I remember hearing often that no man is above the law. At that time it applied to President Trump
    Now that we have newly released documents, does no man (or woman) above the law apply to Obama (and Clinton)?
    We shall see !!!

  • Jerry korba

    05/11/2020 07:45 PM

    The Obama crime mob rats are starting to scurry including the crime boss himself as his ship ?? of regulars start looking for life jackets the ship looks like it’s taking on water the Russian collusion gang may be getting ready to walk the plank I hope it’s a short plank

  • Kay DeWitt

    05/11/2020 02:14 PM

    In answer to your closing question, "wouldn’t it be great if he’d finally help us solve the mystery once and for all? ", I say absolutely it WOULD be great because this scandalous saga needs to HAVE a closing chapter and there needs to be a resolve that nothing like it ever happen again!

  • Gene Blazer

    05/11/2020 01:52 PM

    Thank you Governor for the excellent summation. My take on this has and is the premise that the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax was a coup against Trump - plain and simple!

  • Tom Post

    05/11/2020 01:42 PM

    Gov: Thank you so much for your two daily messages. I look forward to them every day.
    I have a concern that I really don't know where to go to complain about. Hopefully, you can help.
    How in the world did we give people in politics immunity? Adam Schiff can get up in a committee meeting and say whatever he wants - truth or false. I cannot believe that we allow this kind of behavior and we cannot take them down. This policy bothers me a great deal and I hope that you can bring this up in your newsletters and hopefully someone will do something to stop it.
    Thanks in advance for your reply and assistance.

  • Floyd A Unger

    05/11/2020 01:27 PM

    Thank you. Let’s keep plugging

  • Pat J Green

    05/11/2020 01:17 PM

    I'm glad there are folks who can read and understand all this,cause I can't. What I know all these actors need to be investigated and charged if there is wrong doing. If they tried to overthrow a Government elect by the people, I would think that life in super max is to short.

  • Donald L. Teeter

    05/11/2020 01:02 PM

    From the information we have seen and heard that we tend to believe as truth, it appears without question, there was (and is) a conspiracy, against Donald Trump. The answer no doubt has to be the quest for power, and control by the leftist Democratic party. We know all crooked things People do will be made straight soon. This shows just how far our Country has fallen from that which is right, and makes us realize that the Word of God has already spoken to us about this very thing.

  • Robert McFate

    05/11/2020 01:00 PM

    Seem many have forgotten that news article that state that our government was in possession of all the hacking platforms from all over the world. With what has been coming out about the whole Russian investigation I wouldn't put it past someone in our own government setting it up to misdirect to someone who may not have been involved at all!

  • Randy Adamson

    05/11/2020 12:37 PM

    Contact me when someone goes to jail!

  • Barney Flint

    05/11/2020 12:36 PM

    Wouldn't it be nice if this would get sorted out but I will be holding my breath. I think that there are numerous persons who know what really happened but will never say a word for fear of a fatal "accident".

  • Theda Ruff

    05/11/2020 12:27 PM

    Thank you for reading the transcript so we don’t have to read all of it. Thank you for reporting the truth with strong evidence to show it is truth and thank you for serving God with His good sense of humor and illuminating His truth.

  • pat kennedy

    05/11/2020 12:27 PM

    curiouser and curiouser, notice Schiffty still carries the torch and the narrative of deception continues. Treason is the reason we need to correct this madness. Never had I heard such FBI abuse since Hoover kept a dossier on politicians he wished to control.

    Everything we know about sociology can be summed up by this study some years back about keepers and the kept.

  • Mike Horst

    05/11/2020 12:10 PM

    Ya Know Mike, After the last 3 years plus of the crooked criminal Democrats like Hilary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, and lets not leave out good ole "Crying Chuck" Schumer. And I could name a whole lot more serious offenders. I just cannot for the life of me think of one good thing to say about these people. Name me one thing that they have done right other than give Republicans absolutely tons of material to just bury them with all the no good slimy vicious lying acts one could dream up! Worse is there is no punishment for the atrocities they continue to commit over, over, over and over again! Until there are serious consequences for their reprehensible behavior this country is not going to be the truly great country it could be. Those of us who care better work our tails off to make sure the Democrats do not take back the White House, The Senate and above all kick that no good arrogant rotten Nancy Pelosi out of office and regain control of the House.