Computer forensics provides support for the following woeful conclusions:
- the hack of the DNC mail server was accomplished locally using a portable data storage device (USB-2 thumb drive). No hack from Romania could have achieved the transfer speeds over the Internet revealed in the metadata of the download;
- time stamps indicate the download took place in the EDT time zone;
- before Guccifer 2.0 took responsibility for the leak of sensitive documents to Wikileaks they were adulterated by cutting and pasting them into a Russian language template to give the appearance that the hack was related to Russian involvement;
- no one knows who phished John Podesta's e-mail, or even if it was actually attacked, or conveniently leaked by people with access to the account.
A national intelligence assessment concluding the Russians were responsible is devoid of evidence that proves Russian agents were involved in a hack of DNC computers, but it is full of such categorical assertions. One former senior official and member of VIPS called the assessment "a disgrace to the intelligence profession." It was the work of three "hand-picked" agents from three agencies. In light of the new forensic evidence, one has to ask: were they hand picked for their political reliability? The FBI has never examined DNC's computer servers. They relied on information provided by the DNC's IT contractor, Crowd Source, which is co-founded by a notoriously anti-Russian emigre, Dimitri Alperovitch. Crowd Source says that all malware was removed from DNC computers previous to the official investigation. A convenient, if not revealing fact.