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Cybersecurity expert: Macron party hacker left ‘digtal fingerprints’ pointing back to Russian involvement

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A specialist in cybersecurity told the Wall Street Journal that digital fingerprints left behind by a hacker on emails and documents belonging to new French President Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche party show ties to the Kremlin.

According to Selahaddin Karatas, CEO of the San Francisco-based cybersecurity company SAASPASS, a deep look into caches of hacked records shows evidence that an employee who once worked with Russian internet firm Evrika was involved.

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Karatas noted that the man, who he did not identify, appeared nine times as the last person to have modified some of the files — although there is a question whether the man still works with the firm.

The security experts said it was unusual for someone with that level of skill to digital fingerprints behind.

“This is a schoolboy error and looks very strange to see it coming from someone who works at a government contractor. Attribution and provenance are hard to pinpoint, and it’s very easy to create fake trails to throw people of from those who may really be working with the data,” Karatas explained.

Karatas went on to note that Evrika does not appear, nor is it mentioned, in the metadata he has seen.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Evrika has offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kursk, and the company has previously provided services for  Russia’s Defense Ministry and the Federal Security Service, or FSB — Russia’s intelligence service.

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On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied Putin’s government had anything to do with the  hacking of En Marche, saying accusations “mean nothing in and of themselves and are pure slander.”

The hacking of the French party mirrors Russian involvement in accessing computer servers at the Democratic National Committee  prior to the 2016 election, with US intelligence officials believing the Russians attempted to influence the election in favor of now-President Donald Trump.

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One of the 2 articles of impeachment against Trump points the way to disqualify him from running for president again

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If President Donald Trump were to be acquitted on articles on impeachment in a U.S. Senate trial and win reelection in 2020, he would be the first president in United States history to be impeached in the House yet win a second term. That’s one possible scenario, depending on what happens in a likely Senate trial and the 2020 presidential election. But journalist Lauren Frias, in an article for Business Insider, describes another scenario: Trump is removed from office by the Senate yet runs for president again anyway.

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Trump pretends he was in the military during White House reception

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President Donald Trump held a White House Hanukkah party a few weeks before the Jewish holiday and during the event, he seemed to be claiming he served in the military when he didn't.

"Like we used to say in the military, make a path,” Trump said.

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Trump not only never served in the military he actively dodged the draft, getting a pass due to alleged bone spurs in his feet. It's unknown if Trump actually has bone spurs, but such a condition doesn't disappear.

Bob Kerrey, a former Nebraska Senator and SEAL officer in the U.S. Navy went after the president in March demanding to see proof of the bone spurs.

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America shocked Louie Gohmert outed suspected whistleblower during hearing

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) named the latest person that right-wing media believes is the White House whistleblower during Wednesday's impeachment proceedings in the House Judiciary Committee.

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People were shocked by Gohmert's speech. People suggested the Texas Republican should be referred to the House Ethics Committee for investigation and/or be censured and/or expelled from the House of Representatives.

Here's some of what people were saying:

Cut his mic, escort him the hearing, strip him of all committees....then make him sit a Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan's lunch table!

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