The Democratic National Committee emails released by Wikileaks were not forged by the Russians, U.S. intelligence agencies said in a report Friday, putting to rest a prominent Democrat talking point regarding the emails.
“Disclosures through Wikileaks did not contain any evident forgeries,” the report from the Director of National Intelligence states, adding that Russia likely chose to release the emails to Wikileaks because of its reputation for authenticity. The report says the assessment was made by the intel community with a high level of confidence.
Democrats used the talking point that Russians could have doctored the emails consistently throughout the presidential campaign, as damaging emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta were released by Wikileaks over a period of months.
Six weeks prior to the election, TheDCNF Investigative Group’s Luke Rosiak performed a cyber test on thousands of the Podesta emails that showed they were posted by Wikileaks with no changes from their original versions.(RELATED: Digital Test Shows Podesta Emails UNALTERED by Wikileaks)
Former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned following the Democratic National Convention over the embarrassing contents of the emails. Her replacement, Donna Brazile, was later exposed in leaked emails for passing on debate questions to Clinton. She was suspended from CNN over the emails, which she initially claimed were doctored by the Russians. (RELATED: Donna Brazile Complains She’s Being ‘Persecuted’ Over Leak To Clinton Campaign)
“I believe that they should take those doctored files with a grain of salt,” she told reporters,” because of the way in which they were stolen and the way they were put on the Internet.”
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