Documents from the Open Society Foundations, a pro-democracy organisation backed by billionaire hedge fund owner George Soros, have been hacked and published in the latest effort to undermine Democratic Party and its candidate during the US presidential election.
The leak, through the little known site, DC Leaks, has garnered attention weeks after hacked documents forced the resignation of officials from the Democratic Party on the eve of the Democratic National Convention when Hillary Clinton was nominated to be party’s presidential candidate.
This latest disclosure, reported by RiskBased Security, appear to be an attempt to embarrass a major Democratic Party funder Soros, who has also been a vocal proponent of democracy in Eastern Europe since the fall of the end of Communism in Russia.
It would also add to the climate of suspicion and conspiracy being cultivated around the Democratic Party and Clinton ahead of the November presidential vote.
DNC Leak’s site carries a cartoonish description of Hungary-born Soros, who made his fortune placing speculative bets on commodities and currency moves: “Soros is named as the architect and sponsor of almost every revolution and coup around the world for the last 25 years,” the site says, of the man ranked 28th richest in the world.
“Thanks to him and his puppets USA is thought to be a vampire, not a lighthouse of freedom and democracy.”
(That would be “The USA”).
“His slaves spill blood of millions and millions people just to make him even more rich.”
The description of Soros echoes views espoused by Russian media outlets and pro-Kremlin partisans who consider the pro-democracy activities of the OSF to threaten the stability of Russia’s leadership. In recent years, Russia has banned foreign NGOs like those backed by the OSF as “undesirable” sparking an outcry from Western governments.
— RT (@RT_com) November 30, 2015
The site also claims be the work of “American hactivists”. I have no doubt foreign groups could find Americans who would be duped into working on this kind of thing. Such is the hunger for meaning among many Americans these days.
But as the Smoking Gun points out, there are some odd phrasings on the site.
Hillary Clinton is identified as “the most probable candidate for the President of the Democratic Party,” while a collection of campaign newsclips is described as “media reports from Hillary Clinton’s electional staff.”
As more light is shined on the DC Leaks, the hacker behind the DNC Leaks – himself thought to be linked to Russian intelligence services – has published another round of Democratic Party documents. One of Guccifer 2.0s first batches, distributed by WikiLeaks, was the data dump that occurred before Democratic National Committee.
American counterintelligence experts, as well as politicians, fear Russia is trying to influence in the US election, through hacking, data dumps such as the DNC Leaks and the DC Leak, as well as Republican candidate Donald Trump, who is seen as linked to Russia in a variety of ways.
US private sector security company ThreatConnect believes the DNC Leaks comprise another part of a Russian campaign to sway voters in the US.
The Guccifer 2.0 “denial and deception campaign” evolved into a so-called “active measures campaign” which Russia uses in an effort to influence events in foreign countries.
“DCLeaks provides Russia with another platform that they can use to hide their hand and conduct influence operations in the US. Such operations may ultimately help Russia sway public opinion or media coverage in a way that benefits Moscow,” the company notes.