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Sunday, August 14, 2016
Massive hack of Soros files released
The files of George Soros's Open Society Institute have been hacked over a period of years, with 2,576 just published on the mysterious DCLeaks site. Soros, the master manipulator of governments who pulls the strings at the State Department, will face unprecedented scrutiny. Alex Pfeiffer of the Daily Caller summarized the range of material.
The documents are from multiple departments of Soros' organizations. Soros' the Open Society Foundations seems to be the group with the most documents in the leak. Files come from sections representing almost all geographical regions in the world, "the President's Office", and something named SOUK.
There are documents dating from at least 2008 to 2016. In June, the Open Society Foundations also had several documents leaked by DCLeaks. Bloomberg reportedthat the foundation notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the hacking.
As Zero Hedge reported 3 days ago, this is not the first we have known of the hack of Soros files. And the conventional wisdom that the DCLeaks site is a Russian operation may be harder to believe now:
...it appears that the "Trump as a Kremlin pawn" news cycle is over, and is being replaced with one that prepares the world for a George Soros email dump; needless to say that particular news cycle will be far more complex to frame as benefiting Putin. (snip)
To be sure, that Soros had been hacked is nothing new to our readers. We first reported about it last June, in an article which revealed Soros as the mastermind behind the 2014 Ukraine presidential coup, titled "Hacked Emails Expose George Soros As Ukraine Puppet-Master." However that particular hack got no coverage in the broader press. The fact that it is finally coming to light suggests that something far bigger is expected to be disclosed by the hacker group.
What is perhaps more notable is that the Soros hack was actually conducted over a year ago, by a group calling itself cyber-berkut as we showed last summer, something which will not make it to the official narrative because this particular group is a bunch of disgruntled hacktivists operating out of Ukraine, who have been for the past two years protesting the CIA-produced 2014 coup in their country. Which is how they stumbled upon Soros.
Considering that the original Soros hackers were Ukrainians, something which wouldn't play too well in this scripted attempt to start another scandal with Russia, it is very likely that DCLeaks is simply a mere aggregator of previously leaked information, in an attempt to become a smaller version of Wikileaks. That possibility, however, will also hardly be touched. After all, the experts have already made up their mind.
Identity of the hackers notwithstanding, the real question then becomes what will be the fallout from the Soros hack:
In the case of Soros's Open Society, hackers stole a trove of documents after accessing the foundation's internal intranet, a system called Karl, according to a person familiar with its internal investigation. On August 3, the DCLeaks.com Twitter account tweeted "Check George Soros's OSF plans to counter Russian policy and traditional values," attaching a screenshot of a $500,000 budget request for an Open Society program designed to counter Russian influence among European democracies.
The hackers may have had access the foundations' network for nearly a year, according to another person familiar with the investigation. Although Open Society has about 800 full-time staff, as many as 7,000 people have access to Karl, which is used to circulate draft program proposals, budgets and other internal documents.
Of course a far simpler explanation than accusing Putin, is that actual "leaker" or "hacker" is a disgruntled current or former Soros employee, among these 7,000 people with full access. Alas, the wheels of the narrative are already in motion, and with Russia accused of hacking not only the DNC, but a NATO general and now, Soros too, it is only a matter of time before the diplomatic fallout escalates to a new and dangerous level, an escalation which takes place just as Turkey is pivoting fully toward Russia, and is prepared to enter into both monetary and defensive ties with the Kremlin, in what would be the biggest humiliation for NATO in its history.
Whoever is doing the leaking, I look forward to analysis of the Soros machine.