2014 UKRAINE COUP BE­HIND ANTI-HIL­LARY DNC EMAIL HACK

The hack was not mo­ti­vated by any Rus­sian ef­fort to as­sist Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump.

The Sunday Guardian - - Front Page - MAD­HAV NALAPAT NEW DELHI

Ac­cord­ing to highly placed sources in Donetsk, Moscow and Wash­ing­ton, with re­spon­si­bil­i­ties en­abling le­gal ac­cess to clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion, the Fe­bru­ary 2014 “colour rev­o­lu­tion”, i.e. coup in Ukraine, which re­sulted in the ouster of the elected Pres­i­dent, Vik­tor Yanu- kovych, was the rea­son for the re­lease of the 2015-2016 Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee (DNC) emails hacked by un­named in­di­vid­u­als. The mes­sage trails showed how key func­tionar­ies in the DNC, then headed by Deb­bie Wasser­man-Shultz, a longterm ad­mirer of Bill Clin­ton, were work­ing cease­lessly and clan­des­tinely for months un­der cover of “neu­tral­ity” to en­sure that Sen­a­tor Bernie San­ders failed in his bid to wrest the 2016 Demo­cratic Party Pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion from Hil­lary Clin­ton. Had the Ver­mont Sen­a­tor suc­ceeded, it would have been the sec­ond time that the for­mer First Lady, US Sen­a­tor and Sec­re­tary of State got de­feated by a lesser-known chal­lenger in a pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion con­test, the first be­ing in 2008 when she lost to Illi­nois Sen­a­tor Barack H. Obama.

Pol­i­cy­mak­ing sources, who are res­i­dent in and around Wash­ing­ton, claim that the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is “fully aware that re­tal­i­a­tion for the US role in the 2014 Ukraine coup trig­gered the re­lease” of the email trove. The hack was not mo­ti­vated by any Rus­sian ef­fort to as­sist Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump, an al­le­ga­tion that

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