Reports circulating widely among media outlets claim Russia is preparing to release intercepted emails belonging to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The only problem: the claim is false.
According to an article published on Oilprice.com Monday, “reliable intelligence sources in the West” believe the Russian government is currently in debate over whether to expose emails collected from the former secretary of state’s private server.
“The release would, the messaging indicated, prove that Secretary Clinton had, in fact, laid open U.S. secrets to foreign interception by putting highly-classified Government reports onto a private server in violation of U.S. law, and that, as suspected, the server had been targeted and hacked by foreign intelligence services,” the report states.
The article, attributed to Defense and Foreign Affairs – “a geopolitical news publication offered by the International Strategic Studies Association” – goes on to claim that the “decision as to whether to reveal the intercepts would be made by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.”
“The Russian possession of the intercepts, however, was designed also to show that, apart from violating U.S. law in the fundamental handling of classified documents… the traffic included highly-classified materials which had their classification headers stripped,” the report continues. “Russian (and other) sources had indicated frustration with the pace of the Justice Dept. probe, and its avoidance of the national security aspects of intelligence handling.”
The claim appears to be based off nearly identical reports released last month, most notably by frontpagemag.com, that cited a website known for fake content as proof of the Russians’ intentions.
“A report attributed to Russia’s Security Council indicates that an internal battle has broken out over whether to publicly release the e-mails between the Director of the FSB, Alexander Bortnikov, and Chairwoman of the Council of Federation, Valentina Matviyenko,” FPM wrote.
Citation for the report links to a May 6th article on The European Union Times – a website which has also published such articles as “Snowden Reveals UFO Documents,”WikiLeaks Set To Reveal US-UFO War In Southern Ocean, “Millions Of Chinese Stunned After Government Makes Obama UFO Statement” and “US Orders Blackout Over North Korean Torpedoing Of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Rig.”
The claim in question, as well as several of the aforementioned articles, can be contributed to “Sorcha Faal” – owner of the What Does It Mean blog.
“Though this Security Council report doesn’t conclusively show which side will win in this tug-of-war about releasing Secretary Clinton’s top secret and classified emails, it does bear our wondering about the affect they could have (if released) not only on the American presidential race, but US-Russian relations too,” Faal wrote in the May 6 article that has now been cited across the mainstream press.
A quick glance at Faal’s blog reveals a heavy focus on clearly fake reports centering around the Russian government and President Obama.
In an article published early this month, Forbes contributor Paul Roderick Gregory made similar conclusions regarding the illegitimacy of claims surrounding the Russians and Hillary.
“Contrary to the Russian media silence, the U.S. media began buzzing with the May 6 publication on an obscure conspiracy-oriented website (whatdoesitmean.com) entitled ‘Kremlin War Erupts over Release of Top Secret Hillary Clinton Emails,'” Greogory writes. “The article, written under the exotic pseudonym of Sorcha Faal, claims that a faction within the Kremlin wants Hillary’s email cache released.”
Gregory also notes that the claim became most widespread after Fox News contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano mentioned the report during a segment on Fox Business and in a piece for the Washington Times.
“While all of this has been going on, intelligence community sources have reported about a below-the-radar, yet largely known debate in the Kremlin between the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Intelligence Services,” Napolitano wrote. “They are trying to come to a meeting of the minds to determine whether the Russian government should release some 20,000 of Mrs. Clinton’s emails that it obtained either by hacking her directly or by hacking into the email of her confidante, Sid Blumenthal.”
No evidence at any time has shown that Russia has prepared or is preparing to release intercepted emails from Hillary Clinton.
Although Wikileak’s Julian Assange recently vowed to publish a new batch of emails belonging to Clinton, the announcement is totally unrelated to fabricated claims involving the Russian government.