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The Russia Hacking Narrative Had Been Debunked for Over a Month

These are excerpts from an article at TheNation dot Com.

There was no hack of the Democratic National Committee’s system on July 5 last year—not by the Russians, not by anyone else. Hard science now demonstrates it was a leak—a download executed locally with a memory key or a similarly portable data-storage device. In short, it was an inside job by someone with access to the DNC’s system.


Forensic investigations of documents made public two weeks prior to the July 5 leak by the person or entity known as Guccifer 2.0 show that they were fraudulent: Before Guccifer posted them they were adulterated by cutting and pasting them into a blank template that had Russian as its default language.


On the evening of July 5, 2016, 1,976 megabytes of data were downloaded from the DNC’s server. The operation took 87 seconds. This yields a transfer rate of 22.7 megabytes per second.


These statistics are matters of record and essential to disproving the hack theory. No Internet service provider, such as a hacker would have had to use in mid-2016, was capable of downloading data at this speed.


Time stamps in the metadata indicate the download occurred somewhere on the East Coast of the United States—not Russia, Romania, or anywhere else outside the EDT zone.


What is the maximum achievable speed? Forensicator recently ran a test download of a comparable data volume (and using a server speed not available in 2016) 40 miles from his computer via a server 20 miles away and came up with a speed of 11.8 megabytes per second—half what the DNC operation would need were it a hack.


Other investigators have built on this finding. Folden and Edward Loomis say a survey published August 3, 2016, by http://www.speedtest .net/reports is highly reliable and use it as their thumbnail index. It indicated that the highest average ISP speeds of first-half 2016 were achieved by Xfinity and Cox Communications. These speeds averaged 15.6 megabytes per second and 14.7 megabytes per second, respectively. Peak speeds at higher rates were recorded intermittently but still did not reach the required 22.7 megabytes per second.


“A speed of 22.7 megabytes is simply unobtainable, especially if we are talking about a transoceanic data transfer,” Folden said. “Based on the data we now have, what we’ve been calling a hack is impossible.”


“Further, local copy speeds are measured, demonstrating that 23 MB/s is a typical transfer rate when using a USB–2 flash device (thumb drive).”


the time stamps constitute more evidence that the download was conducted locally,


https://www.thenation .com/article/a-new-report-raises-big-questions-about-last-years-dnc-hack/

This article at TheNation was published on August 9, but the actual debunking happened on July 9. The author of this article says he fears for his life. His letter to the audience can be found in the comments section.


I will comment on only one question raised here. It has to do w/ anonymity, a matter I looked into carefully and repeatedly during the reporting. As noted in what I wrote, anonymity in this field is respected as common practice.

Last night I had a note from Adam Carter in which he addressed this question of identity. (I didn’t solicit his remarks on the topic.) He wrote in part:

“Please know that both Forensicator and myself only choose to remain behind pseudonyms for security. (Understanding Guccifer 2.0’s purpose makes it clear to us that whoever it is, they are connected to influential and wealthy politicians that are not likely to be happy about this being exposed and the prospect of it being who we think it is does not make us feel any safer.)”

Adam Carter went on to note he and colleagues are aware of the inconvenience their decisions to remain anonymous imposes.

I see nothing peculiar in this judgment. I ought to add that some of my intelligence sources warned me as we finished our work together to be careful driving, esp at night and esp on the country roads I traverse to get home. This is not funny business, I was firmly advised. I’m not in a position to judge these kinds of things directly, but they are, and so I take their word for it.

That’s that.

As to all or most of the other remarks in this thread, nothing in any of them alters in the slightest detail anything readers will find in the piece. We’re bolted to the floor on this one.

Cheers to all.

Patrick Lawrence.

The source for the information above can be found at Forensicator dot WordPress dot Com



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