Is the Russia story a hoax?

August 11, 2017

Why is Robert Mueller’s investigation reportedly expanding into Trump’s old private business dealings from 10 years ago? Could it be because even he realizes that the “Russia hacked the election” narrative that this whole house of cards is built on is looking more like a hoax with each passing day?

You probably didn’t see anything about this in the news, but the Nation – a widely respected, leftwing magazine – just published the results of a forensic investigation into the metadata of the DNC emails published by Wikileaks. It reached two conclusions:

The time stamps prove it was impossible for those files to have been stolen over the Internet because no ISP could have transferred that much data that fast. It had to have been copied directly onto a storage device like a USB stick, which suggests it was an insider leak. And the proof cited by US intelligence agencies of Russian involvement was fraudulent, based on cutting and pasting data into a blank Russian language template.

A reminder: Julian Assange still insists that WikiLeaks didn’t get the files from Russia, and the US intelligence agencies that say this was a Russian hacking were never allowed to examine the DNC’s computers (the DNC having been run by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who seems to freak out at the thought of any legal authorities getting anywhere near her laptop.)

I’m sure this will be dismissed as conspiracy stuff, and maybe it is. But why would the Nation want to join the vast rightwing conspiracy, especially knowing that if the DNC/Wikileaks documents were shown to be an insider leak, it would blow away the “Trump/Russia collusion” mantra that’s been obsessing the media and hampering Trump since Inauguration Day?

Here’s the full story. It’s very long and very detailed. I’m not an IT expert, so I’ll make no statement on its conclusions. But if you are an expert, feel free to weigh in among the comments.

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  • Amy D Earls

    08/14/2017 12:16 AM

    Yes it is A Hoax!!! HILLARY AND OBAMA DID THIS TO GET HIM OFF OF THEM SO THEY COULD CONTINUE DOING THERE DIRT DEALING AGAINST TRUMP!!!!!

  • Richard Bradley

    08/13/2017 08:10 PM

    Mr. Huckabee.
    Thank you for 'Is the Russia story a hoax'.

  • Sam Flanagan

    08/13/2017 07:51 PM

    I was pretty convinced the emails were "eavesdropped" as near as possible to DNC. Why? Cuz just like a telephone call a connection was established over someone's telecom lines(if they were stolen online). It leaves a footprint. An added footnote, presumably the DNC email server is connected to a Tier 1(or 2) gateway. That's an easy trace if it happened online. There's only one way out on the 1st leg of the uplink(out of DNC HQ). However, my money is on the Russian embassy that got tossed by Obama for alleged spying activities.

    Now I recognized these facts very early on. Thanks in part to some pertinent computer training years ago but largely due to the wealth of knowledge available via open sources(plus several key books re: the Internet). This whole Russian hoax thing has been driving me bonkers from Day 1.

  • Diana Newma

    08/13/2017 12:12 PM

    There was no collusion it's only the Democrats flexing there muscles! You should be more concerned about a 5 year old girl being gag rapped by Syrian Refugees in Idaho! This was only happening in Europe but it's starting in America!

  • Russell Suzanne

    08/13/2017 11:05 AM

    Thanks for posting this. It sure helps to know!

  • Deborah Mulholand

    08/13/2017 09:24 AM

    It sounds like the one who is colluding with the Russians and the MSM is Debbie Wasserman Schultz! Mueller should turn his investigative team toward the DNC. Voters are getting sick and tired of Comey and Mueller's shenanigans!

  • Larry Collins

    08/13/2017 07:10 AM

    This is on another subject you never touch on that is term limits in Washington. This country was founded on the principal that a person that wants to serve their country gets elected and comes to Washington serve then go back home to work and someone else comes along so that the mess in Washington would never be. Would you like to comment on just how far away from what our founding fathers saw a true government of the people for the people has come to what we have now career politicians that are the root of the problems in this country. We all know of those of us that have lived to be my age of 73 that once in Washington and the lobbyist get to them they no longer work for the people that elected them but for a select few. Those are my thoughts our country is in deep trouble and only way to turn it around is term limits. Larry Collins

  • Mary Lou Gilles

    08/12/2017 10:06 PM

    Hi Mike, This stuff is so wrong and while they are on all of this they are hurting we the people cause we don't have enough jobs, too many taxes, health care, too much corruption and back stabbing false hoods and on Military stuff is close to being junk due to being outdated. Why don't parents raise their children in a faith based home. In the beginning of our government senators and congress went to the capital and did their job and then they had to go home to their farms etc. and they were not rich with money but purity. All government officials should have the same insurance as us and term limits. Leave their job and money and work our jobs without getting help from their money. WALK IN OUIR SHOES. PUT THIER THOUGHTS AND DEEDS ASIDE AND DO WHAT WE THE PEOPLE ELECTED THEM TO DO. BOY I REALLY WISH MY HUSBAND AND I COULD TALK FACE TO FACE WITH YOU AND NEWT GINGRICH AND OTHERS THAT TRUELY WOULD LISTEN FROM THE HEART. THANK YOU, MARY LOU GILLES.

  • Allen M Swatsworth

    08/12/2017 09:45 PM

    Governor Huckabee, A very interesting read. Like you I am not an IT expert but with my Bachelor of Science Electronics Engineering Degree I have enough knowledge of the computer equipment used in the internet, the protocols used in data transfer along with the limitations of both to know that with the amount of data transferred and speed required the data stolen from the DNC server could not have been a simple hack from outside of the DNC. One must therefore believe that someone removed the data via another method. Also, if the NSA and other intelligence agencies are so sure that Russia was involved in this why have they not produced any evidence of it other that a written opinion.

  • Bruce Deming

    08/12/2017 08:17 PM

    Wow, what a slap in the face of all the IT professionals involved. The DNC telling them they were part of right wing conspiracy, shows the length of what the DNC will do to continue a false narrative. The leaky computer should be turned over to a private firm for examination, the FBI can't be trusted. If the data was moved to a USB storage device, the hard drive still has the evidence of it, even if they deleted it. Bleechbit will remove all traces of the data, but the actual transfer on that date and time can still be found on the hard drive, along with the file size. USB 2.0 came out in 2000 and USB 3.0 came out in 2008, age of the computer could show further evidence. But of course, if the DNC had to turn it over, the hard drive would be smashed with hammers.

  • Glenda Sowders

    08/12/2017 07:59 PM

    President Trump has been placed in this presidency by GOD!! All these things the Dems are doing to him and threats they have spoken against him will surround him until GOD is through with our president. I personally believe it is because President Trump is not one of the "elite crooked politicians". They have never dealt with a man so full of truth, wisdom and change for America for the good. I also believe God is NOT through with President Trump even though Maxine Waters and others want him impeached - for what? He has done NOTHING wrong or illegal - unlike our previous "leader".

  • Barb Guy

    08/12/2017 07:56 PM

    I have worked in IT for many years. I am a specialist in computer security and forensics. I've reviewed the technical detail in the cited article and elsewhere. The conclusion that the transfer was onto a USB drive IS correct if the times stated are accurate. Also, references to internal data stored with things like images and Word docs are correct. I found nothing technical in the article that would lead me to discount their conclusions.

  • Ricci Henry

    08/12/2017 07:45 PM

    Smelled like a rat from the start. The FBI knew right away that this info was not from Russia. They also knew it was an inside job. Tells you the FBI was an operative of the left. Now Mueller keeps after the Trump team to break it down; knowing it's a hoax. Yet lifts no hand to grab Hillary. Talk about a bunch of anti-American, illegal, totalitarian, devils. I fear it's the fate of anyone who tries to oppose them. The people have no hope until someone breaks the backs of those who want complete control. I am so sick of those like chuckie shumer and Shultz who rant and rave of truth and how they are the defenders of the people. Nothing could be further from the truth. All you have to do is look at what they've done in the past. It has done nothing but tear down our nation. And the repubs are so in-efficacious to stop them. I keep thinking of old pastors preaching of the Revelation of a world in which the people are searching for a leader. We're going to get him one day.

  • Pauline mozena

    08/12/2017 07:04 PM

    I just don't understand why people don't want this country straighten up.have they forgot our kids an grandkids an my g grandkids still have to live in it.It just doesn't feel like the America all my dad an brothers an my dad's family fought for I want it back for God's sake

  • L. P. black

    08/12/2017 06:58 PM

    Thank you for your comments and directions to the most informative article. Wondered all these months if it wasn't a leak to deflect attention from the obvious problems with the democrats candidate and her campaign failures. It is unfortunate that those who may have leaked this put party above national security.

  • Karen Bozeman

    08/12/2017 06:44 PM

    We will never know the truth. My personal observation is when something flies close to the Clinton flame, it just goes up in smoke.

  • Gail E Fernandez

    08/12/2017 06:29 PM

    Dear Mike; My husband and I read this story link from TheNation.com and found great credibility in the details of the article. Even though this is a far left publication, the forensic evidence can hardly be argued with if the evidence has been objectively confirmed by other forensic experts. Even though this story has just broken, our governmental intelligence branches have been so compromised for a while now, it's hard to trust that they can do their jobs objectively anymore. The reason we see for this, is the fact that Obama and the Clinton's have so entrenched themselves in our governmental system, misusing and appropriating intelligence to compile dossiers on everyone for the use of blackmail, and coercion as part of their ability to exercise control over authority and force their agenda down the throats of Americans. They also lie so convincingly to the rest, that they look like saints! They themselves have not only manipulated elected and non-elected authorities to look the other way but have used them to dispose of those who would be a threat to uncover their activities. Despite the character assertions that even some Republicans have made publicly regarding Robert Mueller, it's very difficult to believe, he is not only being used by them but coerced by them in some capacity of manipulation. We have no doubt that with continued investigations, this digital path will lead straight back to both the Clintons and Obama who either one or both no doubt initiated a strategic plan to create a "leak" in order to frame the President, incapacitate his administration and use those in the system to finish off their evil plan through prosecution and impeachment. They have so convincingly lied and blackmailed enough authorities in government that justice in this country has become a laughing stock. We were hopeful that President Trump would have seen this danger to his administration early on after the kind of campaign he had to endure and initiate through the attorney general a grand jury to investigate the Clintons for his own protection but now they have been able to deal the first strike. Mike, you have dealt with the Clintons and you know that the things we are saying here are true. They are even part of a much bigger and global operation that they answer to. The fact that President Trump is being investigated right from the start proves they will target anyone that opposes or dares to expose them. It's going to take another divine move of God to restore this country from the cancerous stage 4 of Obama and Clintonian corruption. Being on your prayer team is where people like me and my husband can only hope and focus our energies for divine intervention but if the information in this article is true, it's a good start. Thanks for posting it! Our prayers are with you as well! :)

  • Mike Smith

    08/12/2017 04:19 PM

    All of this Russian stuff started months prior to the election! Putin was the one who said that Hackers Claimed to have all of it! Putin put out a reward for any hackers who had the information to get it to him! The only thing Trump did was challenge Putin to release the information to the public if he had it! There was NO COLLUSION!!

  • Shane martinson

    08/12/2017 03:34 PM

    Governor thank you for everyday postings of President Trumps accomplishments and for articles like this. For almost 2 years now most of this countries greatest investigative journalists have worked tiresly on finding anything to bring Trump down, and with all that hard work all they have to show for it is an 11 year old hot Mic recording of him saying a few very inappropriate things about women when he was trying to look cool to a young TV personality.

  • Jim sharpe

    08/12/2017 03:12 PM

    For some time i have suspected this would clear up..but the subversion of our so called inteligence services is a surprising revelation at least. Treason at best. And Sessions DOJ wants to clear hillary with a pardon? This is criminal and we know it..yet Trump is the only focus? This clinton obama progressive saga needs to be ousted NOW! Thank you Mike!

  • Carol Geary

    08/12/2017 02:48 PM

    DEAR GOV. HUCKABEE MOST PEOPLE DONT BELEIVE THIS HOAX ALL THER TRYING TO DO IS GET PRESIDENT TRUMP IMPEACHED. THEY STILL CANT UNDERSTAND WHY HILLARY DIDN'T WIN! I DI I HARD ALL HER STORIES AND SAW THE HUGE CROWDS THA FOLLOWED OUR PRESIDENT WHILE HE WAS RUNNING FOR OFFICE. I FEEL HE HAS ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT WITHOUT ALL THIS INVEGESTION, AM VERY CONCERNED ABOUT NORTH KOREA AND THEIR LEADER. RESPECTFULLY CAROL GEARY

  • Sandra Blanz

    08/12/2017 02:23 PM

    Gov Huckabee, I'm inclined to believe this version for several reasons one being Julian says Russia did not give him emails and I tend to believe him over the media and gov. They have been investigating President Trump for over a year now and we've seen no evidence of collusion, even Graham and Peloski have said as much. The reason they want to find something they think they'll be able to impeach him, he has threatened to drain the swamp (he will lose supporters if he doesn't begin with Hillary) and several of them are going to jail (hopefully), in that arena something better happen soon as half the American people are beyond pissed off and I don't believe even the deal with NoKo is going to turn their heads.

  • Linda schultz

    08/12/2017 02:08 PM

    Dear Governor
    I have asked for your help before on a tax bill from the irs, please help me with this inheritance tax of $12.000. I'm disabled and my husband is retired.
    I have donated to your campaign when you were running for president..but you ignore ppl that tried to help you win. I need your help now..thank you and GOD BLESS AMERICA....

  • Mickey Harmon

    08/12/2017 01:40 PM

    You and the first commentor are so right and when you add in the lefts fierce battle against voter I.D. It is so obvious that they want President Trump gone from office and they will find more "ghosts" voters so this won't happen again. It is so sad to see our Great country that God prepared for righteous purposes start down this path to oblivion. We all need to be a little better, fight against evil, and be more righteous no matter our politics or Religion

  • Mark Peter

    08/12/2017 01:15 PM

    Yes, of course it's a hoax. Patriotic, Conservative, nationalist, Libertarians, Constitutionalists, enlightened American people all know this. It's the Clintons, their cronies and thugs who've committed criminal acts with the Russians. It's time for the AG to impanel a Grand Jury and indict them, so they can cool their heals in prison.

  • Reynold Waterhouse

    08/12/2017 12:57 PM

    Sir , It behooves me to see how the entire republican party with the exception of a few senators and repesentitives have completely turned your backs on the entire country . Not only the president . And please tell why all of you sat back and did absolutely nothing when Obama comitted no less than 74 proven inpeachable offences and your trying to take down trump when he is 100% inosent of the charges . Now about Mueller . Tell me how ant prosicuter can convivt anyone one on charges that he his self is prooven 100% guilty of , not to mention the ethics parts

  • Patricia Carlton

    08/12/2017 12:46 PM

    I have a question. I have heard that the AG (now the assistant AG) has the authority to limit the scope of an investigation by a special counsel to the alleged "crime". How can decades of business not associated with Russian hacking be investigated? Is my information incorrect? It appears to me that taxpayer money is being wasted (again).

  • William David Reynolds Sr.

    08/12/2017 11:39 AM

    If the Russians had paid Trump's wife $500,000 for a speech and if Trump had sold 20% of the U.S. Government's strategic uranium reserves to the Russians for $145,000,000 and placed the money in the Trump Foundation and if Trump had been heard on an open mike telling the Russian president he would be more flexible in dealing with the Russians after the election, I would think there might be collusion.

  • Steve Mattie

    08/12/2017 11:24 AM

    I'm no expert and certainly no fan of liberal media (nor the Democratic Party for that matter), but I really wondered what was possible in 2016 for internet speeds as today, as I write this, my IP provides me with 214 Mbps - way faster than the article says was impossible in 2016. So I thought I'd do a little checking and found that speeds of 50Mbps were possible in 2016. Here is the Speedtest.net link stating it - http://www.speedtest.net/reports/united-states/ - I'm not certain of the timing of when the jump from the "average" of 19.7Mbps was, but it "appears" possible that the data could have been downloaded via a broadband network connection.

    Thanks for the great articles - I look forward to them.

    Steve

  • Elizabeth Squires

    08/12/2017 11:22 AM

    Dear Mike Huckabee,
    Thanks for being a strong VOICE to reveal what's is transpiring in the "Russian investigation." Keep up the pressure on those who are "illegally" trying to uncover something to support their investigation into President Trump! It's time for that investigation to come to a CLOSE!
    Sincerely,
    Elizabeth Squires

  • tom jeffs

    08/12/2017 11:16 AM

    would it be legal for congress to repeal Obamacare 100% WITH an included grandfather clause that expires in three years ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    this way Schumer and Pelosi can't talk about "millions of people being thrown off" - - - - - - -

    please ask Mark Levin and then email me your thoughts - - - - - - -

  • Homer Bentley

    08/12/2017 10:38 AM

    I know it should not be that way but I feel more and more every day that Hillary and Bill somehow are considered untouchable, and will not be charged with any crime she is guilty of. Only God has the power to bring out the facts.

  • david dwinell

    08/12/2017 10:26 AM

    The Russians hacking our election is the largest hoax ever; $20million/day is spent on Mueller and the 13 Democrat lawyers and staff, researching the hoax. The Hoax is sustained by a tainted media, and swampers who are fighting change and the draining.
    Rupublicans except trump seemed intrigued and gullible at the same time, are the willing dupes of this Hoax.
    In conversation, my first question is HOW? The conversation devolves into green men from Mars, to hacking the software on paper ballot counters. Remember immediately after the Nov Election, that Wis recounted ballots, Did WI ever get reimbursed for the cost of the recount by the naysayer Democrats for this expense? This Hoax is possible because of lack of government accountability aided and abetted by criminal reporting of the media.
    The minimum political feeling is confusion, and helplessness, from the pall of the swamp.

  • Amelia Little

    08/12/2017 09:37 AM

    This all seems to have been instigated by whiney, cry babies who are po'd that the people of the US of A voted Donald Trump as President. I don't know which upsets them most, that hilary, who has worked in politics for 20-30 years with the goal of being President, or that a non-politician is now President. How many theories about Trump, his family, people in his campaign have they gone after--when one theory doesn't work, they come up with something else--I would not be surprised that, when all else fails, they will probably go after Barron to see if HE was involved. Actually, in all the digging, it seems that we hear more about wrong-doing of obama, the clintons, wasserman-shultz, the DNC, etc etc etc.

  • Carol Griffin

    08/12/2017 09:33 AM

    Hello Mike the bottom line to all of this Is God knows every detail every word and if it's his will he will allow it to come to lite in his time and whoa to all !!

  • Esther Faye Patterson

    08/12/2017 09:13 AM

    Gov. Huckabee, I do not know of anyone (even those who voted for Democrat) in the real world who believes there was any collusion with or interference from Russia in the election. This has been another blind put forth to hide what is really going on. The establishment and formerly main stream media are trying to bring down the will of the people who elected President Trump. They cannot understand or believe that we actually reject their agenda to put us into a global government and make them even wealthier than they are already. We do truly need term limits and to go back to citizen statesmen and away from self serving politicians running our country. President Trump and many of his cabinet are citizen statesmen who are serving our country not vice versa and the establishment is terrified America will see and prefer them over the status quo. God bless you Sir for speaking out and telling the truth.

  • Nancy Sexton

    08/12/2017 09:10 AM

    I do not see how Donald Trump could have had anything to do with a Russian compromise of the Election. He did not have access to the DNC when he was a candidate. I believe he is being set up by the Liberals because he is a good man and they do not way a good man in office. He has brought the Lord back into the WH and he is done more good in six months than Obama did in 8 years. I admire him for battling for his office on a daily basis, takes no salary, and tries his best to "Make America Great." I just wish the Liberals could see with their eyes and not their mean spirits. Go Trump. Behind you all of the way.

  • Evangeline Hopkins

    08/12/2017 08:56 AM

    Doesn't it seem clear that the Pakistani IT person was the inside leaker who then used the information to blackmail? The Huckabee news is vital. When I listen to NPR new I want to scream at how illogical and shallow their biased statements are compared to the facts and reason I read from Huckabee.

  • Evangeline Hopkins

    08/12/2017 08:56 AM

    Doesn't it seem clear that the Pakistani IT person was the inside leaker who then used the information to blackmail? The Huckabee news is vital. When I listen to NPR new I want to scream at how illogical and shallow their biased statements are compared to the facts and reason I read from Huckabee.

  • Judy Radley

    08/12/2017 08:53 AM

    I totally agree that it is a hoax and another one of the fake news things that the left-wing media crazies (aka criminals) are trying to pass off as a story. The left-wing liberals are so desperate to find something, anything to try and impeach President Trump, that they are making up wild and crazy stories. They believe that if you tell a lie long enough and to the same people over and over again, that they will start to believe it. Well, sadly that does happen too much in today's society. And I bet anything that the wiki-leaks person is lying too. That there indeed was info. transferred from a pc to their site, or whatever it is, and they are clever hackers to make it look legitimate. That's why the whole birther info. of Obama 'looked legit' as his birth cert. was photo-shopped to look legit, but in reality it wasn't. That the Obama birth certificate the real one, is from out of America. Remember how fast the Liberal left-wingers shut that investigation down? Calling the investigators racist? Because they knew what the truth was, that Obama was NOT a natural born American, and truly not legally able to run for president, but he got away with it with help from America's enemies, groups within America. Criminals always never care about legal anything, that's why they are criminals. And if you try and prosecute them, they defame those who are trying to show the crimes that were committed. Why do you think most criminals want a trial by jury? They are hoping it will take so long to bring the case to trial, that they can stay out of jail and keep committing more criminal acts and get more opportunity for the info. to get out into the public, so they can call a mistrial, and yet again, the criminals are set free. We can thank all the Liberal attorneys for that too.

  • Steve Mattie

    08/12/2017 08:49 AM

    I'm no expert and certainly no fan of liberal media (nor the Democratic Party for that matter), but I really wondered what was possible in 2016 for internet speeds as today, as I write this, my IP provides me with 214 Mbps - way faster than the article says was impossible in 2016. So I thought I'd do a little checking and found that speeds of 50Mbps were possible in 2016. Here is the Speedtest.net link stating it - http://www.speedtest.net/reports/united-states/ - I'm not certain of the timing of when the jump from the "average" of 19.7Mbps was, but it "appears" possible that the data could have been downloaded via a broadband network connection.

    Thanks for the great articles - I look forward to them.

    Steve

  • Lori Burke

    08/12/2017 08:36 AM

    I have long held that this narrative was false and I am glad to see this proof. Those in the wrong will not go down peaceably, but I am a firm believer that what is done in darkness will one day be revealed in the light. I am sad for the turn the nation has taken, but I am not afraid as I find my peace in God. It is never easy to fight these battles and perseverance is paramount, but it is so worth the effort to have these things shown. God is working something in this great nation of ours because so many people of faith are finally standing up as well as hitting their knees. Blessings to you and your family Governor Huckabee for being such a warrior for Christ and our nation.

  • Vanessa Knutsen

    08/12/2017 08:33 AM

    Commending "The Nation" for...following the evidence.

    Hoping the Rep. leadership along with fair minded Democrats...gets Congress to focus on other matters...like North Korea for instance.

  • James T Bryson

    08/12/2017 08:12 AM

    Super-sized conflict of interest:

    -Appoint Mueller, a former Director of the FBI, at the (illegal leak) instigation of Comey, the recently fired Director of the FBI, a mentee that followed Mueller at FBI

    -Sequential Directors/FBI are known to be "friends" as well as professionally linked
    -Mueller appoints 16 attorneys (no specific crime under investigation)

    -Mueller appoints a Clinton Foundation attorney and numerous Democratic donors with NO Republican counterbalance

    -Politically neutral political watchdog organization, Judicial Watch, cite Mueller conflict of interest and call for him to step down

    -Rosenstein is arrogant enough, and then some, to pretend this process isn't fatally flawed

    Are thinking, educated, American observers supposed to respect this process?

  • LYLE BEZILE

    08/12/2017 08:03 AM

    I WISH YOUR COMMENT WERE LARGER IN PRINT, BEING 86 YEARS OLD, THE FINE PRINT IS HARD TO READ. THANK YOU. LYLE

  • Bart Conti

    08/12/2017 07:01 AM

    Gov. Huckabee, I've been saying from the beginning of this story is a lie that if anyone wanted to see the digital trail of evidence they should go directly to NSA since they monitor and store all information coming across any type of media. And if there were such a trail wouldn't it have been leaked out? Of course it would have, it didn't leak out because there isn't a digital trail not any evidence, so the whole thing is a hoax.

    The mainstream media hacks know it's false but continue to lie their way to hell for their twisted liberal agenda.

    Free Speech is a right but when that free speech is a lie then it crosses the line of being a criminal conspiracy and that's exactly what we have, a conspiracy to take down a duly elected president chosen by Patriots who want their country back!!!