Emails Related to Durham Probe Lead Defense Agency to Deny Role In Blaming Russia for 2016 DNC Hack

( The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has denied any role in attributing the so-called “hack” of the DNC’s emails in 2016 to Russia.

Special Counsel John Durham’s team had asked a computer expert who had researched the Russian collusion claims about the work he had done with DARPA investigating the hacker Guccifer 2.0 who allegedly hacked the DNC.

Dr. Manos Antonakakis from Georgia Tech, the researcher cited in Durham’s filing as “Research-1,” had in an email to colleagues last July implied that he investigated the DNC “hack” as part of his work with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. Antonakakis, who is not under investigation by Durham, had told the Special Counsel’s office to speak with DARPA’s director about his work looking into Guccifer 2.0 and the so-called “hack.”

When these details came to light, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s chief of communications, Jared Adams, told the Washington Examiner that DARPA was not involved in the efforts to attribute the hack to Guccifer 2.0, nor was it involved in determining the origin of the emails leaked to WikiLeaks.

Adams said during DARPA’s meeting with Durham, they didn’t discuss anything about the DNC hack, Guccifer 2.0, or the DNC emails leaked to WikiLeaks. What’s more, Adams said, no DARPA-funded researchers were involved in investigating the DNC hack, nor did the agency assist the Mueller investigation or the FBI on the matter.

It was the Democrat-connected cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike that allegedly examined the DNC’s systems in 2016 and concluded the Russians were responsible for the emails being leaked. However, the DNC refused to grant the FBI access to its servers. CrowdStrike only provided the bureau with forensic copies.

Michael Sussmann, the Clinton campaign lawyer indicted by Durham, testified in 2017 that he was the one who recommended the DNC retain CrowdStrike and that he was the one who dealt with the FBI on the DNC’s behalf.

The Mueller investigation concluded that Russia’s intelligence directorate the GRU was behind the phishing of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s email account and the so-called “hacking” of the DNC. WikiLeaks has denied that they received the emails from Russia.