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DNC Refutes Years-Old Donna Brazile Claim About Email Hack Timeline

The Democratic National Committee last month denied a claim made by its former chairwoman, Donna Brazile, about the timeline of the hacking of the committees systems, the latest of many contradictions related to the crucial days when thousands of emails were allegedly stolen from the partys mail server.

In her 2018 book, Brazile wrote that after learning that alleged Russian hackers were inside its systems, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) asked Crowdstrike, the cybersecurity firm it hired to defend against the hack, to wait one month before kicking out the intruders.

Midway through the month-long wait, the hackers are said to have stolen the 40,000 emails that would eventually be published by Wikileaks.

Braziles claim gained renewed significance last month with the release of the final Russia report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). The report (pdf) stated that the DNC was aware that the hackers had already stolen files from its systems before the postponement request described by Brazile.

“No one asked anyone to wait,” a senior DNC official told The Epoch Times. “There was a period of time between when we discovered the breach and fully remediated, but that is incredibly fast and everyone was working around the clock to get ready to totally flip our system as fast as possible.”

Crowdstrike Senior Director of Public Relations Illina Cashiola told The Epoch Times that the company “wouldnt comment on a clients remediation strategy.”

Brazile did not respond to a request for comment. The former DNC chairwoman wrote in her book that the committee requested the one-month delay in May 2016 because staff needed their computers during the state primaries.

“In May, when CrowdStrike recommended that we take down our system and rebuild it, the DNC told them to wait a month, because the state primaries for the presidential election were still underway, and the party and the staff needed to be at their computers to manage these efforts. For a whole month, CrowdStrike watched Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear operating,” Brazile wrote, referring to the codenames Crowdstrike assigned to the two intruders discovered on the DNC network.

Brazile became the interim chair of the DNC on July 24, 2016, less than two days after Wikileaks published 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments as part of the first installment of material taken from the committee. After taking over, Brazile was deeply involved in the committees cybersecurity efforts and worked directly with Crowdstrike, the FBI, and a group of more than two dozen Silicon Valley cybersecurity experts who volunteered to protect the DNCs network, according to her book.

Despite her direct involvement in the aftermath of the hack, Brazile was not the head of the DNC during the six-week period in May and June of 2016 when Crowdstrike was first engaged and the emails were taken. She did not specify from whom she learned about the request to delay the remediation. The three most detailed timelines of the hack and the remediation—by Crowdstrike, the SSCI, and the FBIs Deputy Director Andrew McCabe—make no mention of Braziles claim.

Crowdstrike carried out the remediation of the DNC systems over the weekend on June 10-13, 2016. If Braziles claim is true, the DNC made the request for a one-month delay on or around May 10. The date is significant because DNC CEO Amy Dacey learned days earlier that the alleged Russian hackers had already stolen “a few filesRead More From Source

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