Coincidence or conspiracy? US govt officially accuses Russia of hacks during Clinton email dump
US intelligence officials claimed Moscow is behind the hacks and leaks related to the 2016 elections as the State Department accused Russia of “war crimes” and released the latest Hillary Clinton emails. Social media users wondered if this was a coincidence.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement on Friday afternoon, saying that US intelligence was “confident that the Russian government directed” the hacks of emails and documents and their posting on WikiLeaks, DCLeaks, and the blog of the hacker calling himself “Guccifer 2.0.”
Curiously, the announcement came at 3:30 p.m. ET, just as the State Department was releasing more emails pertaining to Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. The 350 pages of emails were recovered by the FBI as part of their investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server, and a federal judge ordered them released after Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by Judicial Watch and VICE News journalist Jason Leopold. The releases were scheduled for October 7, October 21 and November 4.