February 14, 2018

AFTER ALL WE’VE DONE FOR YOU? BuzzFeed is being sued by a multimillionaire who says he was falsely connected to the alleged “hacking” in the now infamous “Steele Dossier” that BuzzFeed published wholesale, without any fact-checking.

Now, trying to prove the truth of what they published after the fact, BuzzFeed asked the DNC for records that would help them in their defense. “No dice” said the DNC:

Now, BuzzFeed is taking the Democratic National Committee to court in an attempt to compel it to turn over information it believes will bolster its defense against Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian business magnate who says he was libeled in the dossier when it tied him to the Russians’ alleged hacking of the D.N.C.’s e-mail servers. In a nutshell: BuzzFeed believes the D.N.C. has information that could show a link between Gubarev and the e-mail hacking, which would undercut his libel claim.

The DNC says that “In legal papers, the D.N.C. has argued that disclosing the digital signatures, supposedly left by the Russia-directed hacking organizations known as Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, would inevitably expose details of the D.N.C.’s information systems, possibly making them more vulnerable to another hack” according to Vanity Fair.

If the DNC hasn’t secured their IT systems at this point, I suppose they could use a server located in a bathroom closet in Chappaqua, NY that isn’t being used at the moment. What a clown show.

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