Reality Check: Clinton, Media Claims Russia Hacked DNC Emails, but Does That Matter?

For the past week, media has moved from the DNC leak scandal to obsessing over not what was in the leak but moving to who is responsible. They say it was the Russians.

But do the voters, that the Democratic party and Hillary Clinton need, actually care?

This is a Reality Check you won’t see anywhere else.

One week after the DNC leak hacking scandal rocked the Democratic Convention, national media and the Clinton campaign have found their official source of the leak: Russian intelligence.

“We know that Russian intelligence services, which are part of the Russian government which is under the firm control of Vladimir Putin, hacked into the DNC and we know that they arranged for a lot of those emails to be released and we know that Donald Trump has shown a very troubling willingness to back up Putin, to support Putin,” claimed Clinton.

Let’s be clear that the Clinton campaign says that it “knows” an awful lot— that Russian intelligence services hacked the DNC and arranged for the emails to be released.


Because Donald Trump is friends with Vladimir Putin, and the Russians want to help Trump win the White House; that was the narrative pushed by Hillary Clinton. For his part, Trump called on the Russians to help find Clinton’s missing 33,000 emails.

“Russia: if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” said Trump.

But what media hasn’t touched on is the part of the DNC leak where talking points were meant to push journalists away from Clinton’s relationship with Russia.

The former head of the Russian uranium company UraniumOne, Ian Telfer, made four undisclosed Clinton Foundation donations totaling $2.35 million— a clear violation of Hillary Clinton’s ethics agreement with the Obama administration to disclose all donations.

The hidden $2.35 million in Clinton Foundation donations from the former Russian uranium chief were part of a larger $145 million given from nine uranium investors involved in the deal approved by Hillary Clinton to transfer 20% of all U.S. uranium to the Russian government.

So, did the Russians hack into the DNC computers? Number one, the U.S. government has not officially confirmed that information. Number two, Wikileaks was the organization that released the hacked emails, not the Russians. Number three, the media is missing the real story here.

Because the real story, and what you need to know, is that the Clinton campaign is hoping to smooth things over with Bernie Sanders supporters. Why? Because they are the group who was disenfranchised by the DNC.

The DNC hack proved that the Democratic National Committee was not neutral as it claimed, and that as an organization, the DNC was gaming the primary for Clinton.

And the information in the leak hasn’t been proven false or untrue, so who cares who leaked it?

Who cares if it’s the Russians, or the Venezuelans, or the French or some hacker in Romania, or some hacker in an American basement who leaked the emails? Millennials, who Clinton is trying to win back, don’t care who is the source of the hack or the leak if the information is true.

Shooting the messenger is not going change the view of those who believe their voice in an American primary was trampled on.

That’s Reality Check. Let’s talk about it on Twitter.