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    EXCLUSIVE: Source of DNC, Podesta Leaks 'Comes From Within Washington'

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    According to former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, the now infamous Podesta and Democratic National Committee emails were not leaked by Russian hackers, but by a Washington insider.

    In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Mr. Murray said:

    "The source of these emails and leaks has nothing to do with Russia at all. I discovered what the source was when I attended the Sam Adam's whistleblower award in Washington. The source of these emails comes from within official circles in Washington DC. You should look to Washington not to Moscow."

    When asked about whether or not WikiLeaks have ever published information at the behest of Moscow, Mr. Murray said:

    "WikiLeaks has never published any material received from the Russian government or from any proxy of the Russian government. It's simply a completely untrue claim designed to divert attention from the content of the material."

    The Podesta leaks are a trove of emails that have been dropped almost daily by WikiLeaks and consist of emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta. The leaks, along with the DNC troves, have provided insight into the inner workings of the Clinton campaign, leaving the presidential nominee red-faced. Clinton's allies have accused the whistleblowing website and Russia of working in cahoots with the Trump campaign.

    Clinton advisers Jake Sullivan (L), Nick Burns (2L) and John Podesta (2R) wait with Clinton Campaign Chairman, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on September 19, 2016 in New York.
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    Clinton advisers Jake Sullivan (L), Nick Burns (2L) and John Podesta (2R) wait with Clinton Campaign Chairman, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on September 19, 2016 in New York.

    The role of WikiLeaks as a thorn in the side of the US government dates further back than the Podesta and DNC leaks.

    The whistleblowing site is renowned for leaking information on sensitive US policy positions, such as the much excoriated relationship with the monarchy of Saudi Arabia. During her tenure as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is quoted as saying in reference to Mr. Assange, "can't we just drone this guy?"

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    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

    While a nuisance to Washington, the WikiLeaks revelations have often been hailed as a champion of accountability.

    "I think whistleblowers have become extremely important in the West because the propaganda model — as Chomsky puts it — has been reinforced to the extent that people don't get any true information out of the media at all. It's worth saying that Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are publishers; they publish what whistleblowers leak to them," Mr. Murrary told Sputnik.

    Yet, whistleblowers in the US continue to be subject to lengthy prison sentences.

    A prime example is Chelsea Manning, who was sentenced on August 21, 2013 to a thirty five year sentence for providing WikiLeaks with sensitive military and diplomatic documents highlighting, among other things, US military conduct in Iraq.

    Whistleblower Chelsea Manning
    Whistleblower Chelsea Manning

    Mr. Murray also mentions the case of John Kiriakou, a former investigator of international terrorism with the CIA who turned whistleblower.

    "The only person from the CIA who was jailed over the CIA use of torture was John Kiriakou. John was jailed for blowing the whistle on CIA torture."

    "The people who did the torture have suffered no comeback at all," adds Mr. Murray.

    Former CIA officer John Kiriakou
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    Former CIA officer John Kiriakou

    The recent leaks come on the heels of increased tensions between the West and Russia, especially over the conflict in Syria.

    A host of officials and journalists in the West have prophesied over a doomsday scenario. For example, former British general with NATO Sir Alexander Richard Shirreff is quoted as saying that, "under President Putin, Russia has charted a dangerous course that may lead inexorably to a clash with NATO."

    "There is no chance whatsoever that Russia is going to ever attack the United States, that simply isn't going to happen," Mr. Murray told Sputnik.

    "Just as Russia is not going to attack the United Kingdom. There never has been a chance that Russia would ever attack either of these two countries. But of course the narrative is all to do with power and funneling huge amounts of American taxpayer money into the defense industry and the security industry and these people are both from the class that benefits."

    It's an extremely dangerous game, says Mr. Murray, and it feeds into a foreign policy that is completely mad.

    "In Syria — and I should say I'm no fan of the Assad regime at all — but the idea that backing assorted groups of jihadists to tear the country apart is a better solution is crazy and it's especially crazy when we've already messed up Iraq, Afghanistan and now we're doing exactly the same thing again and you can see it doesn't work, it only works in terms of promoting continued instability and continued spending for the military and the security services."

    Mr. Murray also believes that the public can't get clear analysis of these issues from mainstream media, because they are part of the same money/power nexus.

    For a more insightful view and better understanding of the bigger picture, listen to the latest edition of Hard Facts with John Wight and Craig Murray.


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    • avatar
      See the black man in White House.
      He double cross Clinton.
    • avatar
      FBI memories of a shoot out when Obama was going to be arrested resulting in a number of FBI personnel being killed has not been forgotten nor will it be forgotten.
    • avatar
      Lickie Weeks
      Oops, I just accidently fell down the stairs, and hit my head on the floor.
      I need some time off, for my head to stop spinning. I'll be back later.
    • NATOisEVIL
      It's an extremely dangerous game, says Mr. Murray, and it feeds into a foreign policy that is completely mad.

      Couldn't have said it better me self.

      Read more: sputniknews.com/us/201611021046973468-craig-murray-dnc-podesta
    • avatar
      This claim has been created by the Clinton team.I think most people don't believe anything they say.The sad thing is MSM isn't reporting many issues with Russia. If WW3 broke out the people would have no idea there was really a problem. The news just acts like there is nothing going on.The people are left in the dark about these issues.
    • BillD3
      "Blame the Russians" - sure is easy to do - it works because there's no way to easily disprove it, and people fall for it. Russia is so obviously evil. Yeah, and if Americans buy that, I will show them a perfect, honest and moral current U.S. president.
      Get over it, America - Russia is not some evil empire. They are a country, people, like us. They wish to survive - and be safe and secure, like us.
      President Putin is not intent to take over the USA, nor the world. Whatever he does he does for the good of his country - for his love of Russia.
      All he wants is a little respect, to be acknowledged, and be assured we aren't out to get him and be assured we recognize Russia's right to exist.
      Sure there are major differences, but is that a reason we can't co-exist?
      President Putin has clearly said - I saw it, I heard it, that 'the world needs a "super-power" and if it's the USA, so be it'
      Does that sound like a man who wants war with the USA?
      Russia doesn't have to plant or leak anything to cause stress or turmoil in the states - good grief, they can sit back and let our paranoia do it for them.
      I worked with Russians, in a company founded by a man who came to America from Russia. I got to know the people, I learned about them, their society, a bit about their government at that time - and my eyes were opened a lot. They are among the most POLITE people I have ever met (besides Asian people).
      I also learned how extremely skilled and smart they are. I ran into computer viruses that were impossible for any American security software at that time to detect or clean. I had one of our engineers bring me a copy of a Russian product in order to detect and clean. They would not leave big muddy foot prints if they got into anything. No, they wipe their feet and leave things clean, with no trace.
      Besides, being a network security admin myself - I have for months said this stuff wasn't so much a "hack" as it was stupid staff and stupid IT people doing stupid things - like falling for social engineering, spear phishing! The oldest trick in the book and more than once more than one of them fell for it. Even Clinton's staff IT person didn't do the right thing to protect them.
      So I say this could have been done by TEENAGERS, no hack was required, the methods were simple, the people in her staff willing to fall for anything, and leave Russia alone.
      I'd dearly love to meet Russia's President Putin and I mean that. I've love to be able to sit and talk with him. I have so many questions.
      So if anyone there knows their president, I would welcome a chance to meet the Honorable President Vladimir Putin (although a translator would be necessary, I never did learn much of the Russian language while at Compressor Controls Corp.
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      Jizz Maupin
      "Podesta and Democratic National Committee emails were
      not leaked by Russian hackers, but by a Washington insider."
      Has this Craig Murray guy been "interviewed" yet, to find out who it was?
      Who is this Washington Insider leaking all of these emails to Wikileaks?
      A tiny little house in North Dakota has 20 floors of living space under it.
    • choticastile
      What a refreshing, honest and forthright factual appraisal of the facts on the ground! US bungle asses lost both their pants and face to Russia-- so the whole Russia blame game is to move attention to Russia as the Baddie of an US election that's such a circus, Russia wouldn't ever be part of it -- not for all the tea in China! Russian's I don't think are that great on tea anyway .... Wish I could shake the hand of this Murray fellow-- A man after my own my heart-- says it straight: US "feeds into a foreign policy that is completely mad."

      Thank you sir!
    • choticastilein reply tocopius(Show commentHide comment)
      copius, What you actually mean, is they're all double-crossing each other-- and to such an extent that they're all squint! No wonder they have such a screwed up view of the real world!
    • choticastilein reply toBillD3(Show commentHide comment)
      BillD3, What a star comment! Thank God that there are more and more Americans like you!! -- sick to the soul of this pathetic ongoing WH charade, which truly is more suited to a Mickey Mouse comic strip than a US election! -- Making the USA, a country whose people the world has always looked up to-- currently to be like a ship without a rudder. Apart from all the many enterprising reasons the world appreciated the US -- in this instance-- the liking most of us have for the States is very much due to the average American's quality of character -- helpful, honest generous and kind-- those are the real buddies, along with thousands of others, I have the good fortune to know. People so loyal to their country, that when I first drew their attention to the fact that something was rotten in their upper echelons, I almost ruined my friendship with them all-- but for their loyalty to me as a trusted friend, coupled with their open minded sense of fairness-- understanding prevailed and set them investigating for themselves.

      What is happening to you guys is harder than most can imagine, but as for the rest of us, we've been exposed to the US jackboot to a lessor or greater degree all of our lives-- well aware that few countries in the world are truly sovereign states-- none of us free of the US Zionist ideology's influence, to put it mildly. Reading your comment was just amazing to me. Thank you.
    • avatar
      Blame the red Indians, we came into this country to rape and pillage their lands.
      Now they are fighting back.
      Therefore we must attack all of them as they are the bad guys.
      Then we cordon them into a little piece of land called a reservation.
      Then we run an oil pipeline thru it and kill more of them if they resist.
      The great American dream.
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      copiusin reply toJizz Maupin(Show commentHide comment)
      Jizz Maupin, NSA
    • avatar
      Clinton forgot to put blame on the Chinese for hacking.
      Sacarsm intended.
    • avatar
      Obamacare is a scam and you know it.
    • avatar
      A pissed off Sanders supporter
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