An NBC News Headline for July 27 read “Democrats Fear Cyber ‘October Surprise’ That Could Sink Clinton.”
Writing for NBC News, Josh Meyer notes that the Clinton Campaign is, “…bracing for an ‘October Surprise’ — a release of even more potentially damaging information timed to influence the outcome of the presidential election and the course of the next administration.”
Bracing for an October surprise may be an understatement. And pundits on both sides of the aisle can’t help but wonder if Clinton is lying awake at night with a pit growing in her stomach.
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WikiLeaks released over nineteen thousand emails just days before the 2016 Democrat National Convention that cast a dark cloud over the event and the delegates, especially those who supported Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
The content of those emails resulted in the then head of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to resign and many supporters of the aforementioned Vermont Senator to ratchet up their protest during the first two nights of the convention.
So who hacked the party’s email server? Currently, it is believed by the party upper echelon that the culprits are Vladimir Putin and Russian Intelligence.
Fiona Hill, who served as the Russian/Eurasia intelligence officer on the National Intelligence Council, speculates as to the reason why “this may be payback for Clinton” she explained.
According to Hill, Putin believes that while Clinton served as secretary of state, she tried unsuccessfully to undermine his campaign in 2011 to regain the Russian Presidency.
Hill continues, “It’s conceivable that he’s serving it right back at her, and undermining her election effort.”
During the Russian election, protests broke out in Moscow and some seventy other Russian cities with chants by the crowds that “Putin was a thief” and calling him to get out of the country.
At the time of the protest, Putin stated, “She [Clinton] set the tone for certain actors inside the country; she gave the signal…They heard this signal and, with the support of the U.S. State Department, started actively doing their work.”
Time magazine echoes this conclusion, stating Putin blames Clinton for setting “…the opposition movement into action like some kind of revolutionary sleeper cell.”
That Putin may want revenge is no surprise to many observers. Relations with the capital of the former Soviet Union have been growing increasingly cold during the Obama Administration. And Hillary Clinton may have added to that by her actions.
According to a security firm hired by the DNC, hackers also accessed the party’s internal files. Campaign staffers’ email accounts have also been hacked, as well as servers for the Clinton Foundation and those for the Joint Chief of Staff and other government agencies.
Where will it stop? Much to the chagrin of Clinton and her campaign, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange explained: “There’s more where that came from.”
For now, all the Clinton campaign can do it wait and wonder what will be released next.