by Patrick Goodenough, CNSnews:
The Russian government may soon release texts of emails hacked from Hillary Clinton’s private server during her time as secretary of state, a respected geopolitical affairs publication reported last month, citing Western intelligence sources.
The International Strategic Studies Association’s Defense and Foreign Affairs reported that according to the “reliable” sources, warnings to that effect had been received from Moscow.
“The release would, the messaging indicated, prove that Secretary Clinton had, in fact, laid open U.S. secrets to foreign interception by putting highly-classified government reports onto a private server in violation of U.S. law, and that, as suspected, the server had been targeted and hacked by foreign intelligence services,” the publication said.
It added that according to the sources’ claims, the decision on whether to reveal the texts would be made by President Vladimir Putin, and disclosure would possibly come “through a third party, such as Wikileaks.”
It said that the message from Moscow, sent “in time to impact the U.S. elections,” was aimed at pressurizing U.S. authorities to speed up inquiries into the private email server affair.
The report also said that according to Defense & Foreign Affairs analysts, Clinton’s server was always likely to have been a primary hacking target, with threats emanating particularly from China, Russia and North Korea, but likely also others, including Iran.
The Defense and Foreign Affairs report appeared in mid-June, well before Wikileaks on the eve of the Democratic National Convention released some 20,000 emails – not from Clinton’s server but from Democratic National Committee staffers. Some showed that the DNC worked actively to support Clinton’s presidential campaign at the expense of primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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