EXCLUSIVE: WikiLeaks Dump Contains Fake Email to Discredit Clinton & CNN
At a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Donald Trump told his audience of supporters that the media is “crooked”, even more so than “Crooked Hillary Clinton”.
Then in Panama City, Florida, Trump continued his tirade on the media and Clinton, saying: “These WikiLeaks emails confirm what those of us here today have known all along. Hillary Clinton is the vessel. A corrupt global establishment that is raiding our country and surrendering the sovereignty of our nation. WikiLeaks also shows something I’ve been warning every – everybody, everybody about for a long time. The media is simply an extension of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”
Trump is referring to the latest WikiLeaks email reveal, a dump of emails purported to be from the Gmail account of John Podesta, the chairman of the Clinton campaign for president.
One of the emails that the Trump campaign and right-wing news outlets like Fox News have seized on is a conversation supposedly sent from Jennifer Palmeri, communications director for the Clinton campaign, to Podesta.
Howard Kurtz appeared on The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly to discuss this email in particular. Kurtz mentions the email correspondence as coming from Donna Brazile, a former contributor to CNN and current chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention (DNC).
However, the email Kurtz is referencing was purportedly sent by Palmeri, not Brazile. It says “From time to time I get the questions in advance” in the subject header and it discusses a question about incarceration rates and the death penalty.
Palmeri’s email is a forward of an email allegedly sent by Brazile which says the following: “Here’s one that worries me about HRC. DEATH PENALTY 19 states and the District of Columbia have banned the death penalty. 31 states, including Ohio, still have the death penalty. According to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, since 1973, 156 people have been on death row and later set free. Since 1976, 1,414 people have been executed in the U.S. That’s 11% of Americans who were sentenced to die, but later exonerated and freed. Should Ohio and the 30 other states join the current list and abolish the death penalty?”
Kurtz points to the significance of this email being that it was sent one day before a CNN town hall during the democratic primaries was to premiere on the network. This town hall featured Clinton and her then opponent Senator Bernie Sanders, who were both in attendance to take questions from the audience.
In the email from Brazlie, statistics are cited: “156 people have been on death row and later set free. Since 1976, 1,414 people have been executed in the U.S.”
These very same statistics were quoted in a question at the town hall by Roland Martin who said to Clinton: “Since 1976 we’ve executed 1,414 people in this country. Since 1973, one hundred and fifty-six who were convicted have been exonerated by the death row.”
Brazile has publicly denied the claims in this WikiLeaks email, saying that “as it pertains to the CNN Debates, I never had access to questions and would never have shared them with the candidates if I did.”
And when it comes to this email, Brazile may be telling the truth.
On the WikiLeaks site, the email in question can be viewed as well as its source. The source in this case is the microdata that the computers use to talk to one another and establishes confirmation of security between the servers.
Upon inspection of the source data of this email, as provided by WikiLeaks, there is a canary in the coal mine pointing to this document being either a hacked or spoofed email .
The sender is listed as email@example.com, and a quick server IP address search reveals that HilaryClinton.com is hosted on a domestic US server in San Francisco, CA with the IP address at 18.104.22.168 and email service being provided by Google.
The WikiLeaks email in question assumes that while on the campaign trail in the US, Palmeiri somehow emailed Podesta from another country because this email actually originated on Google servers in Ireland , not California or anywhere else in the USA.
Received: from mail-wm0-x234.google.com (mail-wm0-x234.google.com. [2a00:1450:400c:c09::234])
Podesta’s primary email server shows up in Los Angeles, California at IP address 10.194.62.102 and secondary email server at 10.25.88.78 which is also in Los Angeles according to registered data.
Why would an email coming from a Google server in California going to another server just 300 miles away in California use a Google server 5,173 miles away in Ireland as the email’s source server? 2 PDF’s
BrazileAssociates.com has its servers registered in San Antonio, TX at IP address 22.214.171.124 although this particular email does not include Brazile’s source email server IP address and could not be verified based on this document.
This points to the possible fact that WikiLeaks has either intentionally released an unvetted email, shared a hacked email, or Assange just released an outright fake at the expense of the Democrat Party in the US.
The gravity of this “fake” email that has circulated in the mainstream and alternative media in an effort to hurt the Clinton campaign, calls into question the rest of the Podesta email dump and its integrity. Further investigation to find out how many more fake emails have been published through WikiLeaks is necessary before any of the content in this dump can be taken seriously.
Interestingly, in an interview from August of this year regarding his involvement in the publication of the DNC hack, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, defended the “pristine” quality of the information published on his website. Assange told Bill Maher, host of Real Time: “Our materials, the materials we release, are pristine. We’re really good at this. We have a ten year perfect record having never got it wrong in relation to the integrity of what we are releasing.”
That previous DNC hack has been attributed to Russian intelligence by federal agencies, and Russia no longer denies that they did it. Now the Federal Bureau of Investigations believes this Podesta hack was also facilitated by Russia.
Considering this fake email attributed to Palmeiri obtained in the Podesta hack published by WikiLeaks, their decade of never getting it wrong has just come to an end.