This is wonderful. Let all the dirt spill. Will this end Hillary?
The computer network used by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign was hacked as part of a broad cyber attack on Democratic political organizations, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
The latest attack, which was disclosed to Reuters on Friday, follows reports of two other hacks on the Democratic National Committee and the party’s fundraising committee for candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.
The U.S. Department of Justice national security division is investigating whether cyber hacking attacks on Democratic political organizations threatened U.S. security, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.
Campaign officials were involved in crisis talks after the public disclosure of the Justice Department investigation.
Hours after the disclosure, it issued a statement claiming its own cyber security review had found ‘no evidence’ of a breach.
Spokesman Nick Merrill said: ‘An analytics data program maintained by the DNC, and used by our campaign and a number of other entities, was accessed as part of the DNC hack.
‘Our campaign computer system has been under review by outside cyber security experts. To date, they have found no evidence that our internal systems have been compromised.’
But in an astonishing twist, Yahoo News reported that the campaign had been warned by the FBI it was at risk in March – but refused to turn over details to federal investigators to help them catch the perpetrators.
FBI agents met senior Clinton officials in Brooklyn in March to warn them it was the target of cyber attack.
It was weeks before the attack on the Democratic National Committee came to light.
Buy Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff reported Friday that agents asked the campaign to hand over internal computer logs and senior officials’ email addresses.
Through lawyers, the campaign refused to give over the information because ‘the FBI’s request for sensitive personal and campaign information data was too broad and intrusive’, Yahoo News said.
The involvement of the Justice Department’s national security division is a sign that the Obama administration has concluded that the hacking was state sponsored, individuals with knowledge of the investigation said.
The Clinton campaign, based in Brooklyn, had no immediate comment and referred Reuters to a comment from earlier this week by campaign senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and calling the hacking ‘a national security issue.’
The Department of Justice had no comment.
It was not immediately clear what information on the Clinton campaign’s computer system hackers would have been able to access.
Hackers, whom U.S. intelligence officials have concluded were Russian, gained access to the entire network of the fundraising Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, of DCCC, said people familiar with the matter, detailing the extent of the breach to Reuters for the first time.
Access to the full DCCC network would have given the hackers access to everything from emails to strategy memos and opposition research prepared to support Democratic candidates in campaigns for the House.
The hack of the DCCC, which is based in Washington, was reported first by Reuters on Thursday, ahead of Clinton’s speech in Philadelphia accepting the Democratic party’s nomination. Russian officials could not be immediately reached for comment.
The DCCC said in a statement early on Friday that it has hired cyber security firm CrowdStrike to investigate.
‘We have taken and are continuing to take steps to enhance the security of our network,’ the DCCC said. ‘We are cooperating with federal law enforcement with respect to their ongoing investigation.’
The campaign’s staff include Huma Abedin, its vice-chair and Clinton’s closest aide.
Her ability to be trusted with secrets has already been questioned by Donald Trump, because of her marriage to Anthony Weiner, the New York mayoral candidate whose career ended in disgrace over sexting.
‘Her number one person, Huma Abedin, is married to Anthony Weiner, who’s a sleazeball and pervert,’ Trump said earlier this week at a press conference in Doral, Miami.,
‘I’m not saying that, that’s recorded history. I don’t like Huma going home at night and telling Anthony Weiner all of these secrets.’
Other staff include Robby Mook, who this week was the first to suggest that Donald Trump was benefiting from the leaks; and John Podesta, the campaign chairman.
It is unknown whether Clinton herself has a campaign email address but any correspondence she had with aides who have one could be vulnerable to release too.
The fact of the hacking will also allow Trump to raise her record of deleting 30,000 emails from her ‘homebrew’ server after its existence was revealed, a scandal which has severely hit her levels of public trust.
The first tranche of emails from the leaks – those from the Democratic National Committee – were released days before the party’s Convention in Philadelphia.
They led to the committee chairman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, quitting in disgrace after her bias against Bernie Sanders was revealed.
Other emails revealed how staff tried to attack Sanders over his religious beliefs, used anti-gay slurs, mocked the name of an African-American assistant and tried to produce a juvenile fake job advert on Craigslist to humiliate Donald Trump.
The disclosure that the Clinton campaign refused to help the FBI comes just a day after the Democratic National Convention put law enforcement center stage on its final night.
But at the time, Clinton herself was under FBI investigation over her handling of the country’s secrets when she was Secretary of State.
Clinton was eventually questioned by agents and days later, FBI Director James Comey decided not to recommend that she be prosecuted.
Clinton had used a secret ‘homebrew’ server stored in the basement of her Chappaqua, New York, home while the was Secretary of State.
Its existence only came to light during the investigation into the death of four Americans – including the US ambassador – during the attack on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi on September 11 2012, when Clinton was Secretary of State.
She handed over roughly 30,000 emails, but deleted the rest, declaring they were ‘private’ and claiming they included details of ‘yoga’, and her ‘daughter’s wedding’.
This week Trump waded into the row over the hacking by inviting the hackers to hand over the missing emails if they had them.