Following "excerpt" is lifted from a 6-30-17 blog post by Matt Tait -- A British CyberSecurity Consultant --- https://www.lawfareblog.com -- (Matt Tait - CEO + founder of Capital Alpha Security, UK based security consultancy which focuses on research into software vulnerabilities, exploit mitigations + applied cryptography.)
A while later, on 6-16-16 Washington Post reported a hack of the DNC ostensibly by Russia intelligence. Material from this hack began appearing online, courtesy of the “Guccifer 2” online persona.
A few weeks later, right around the time the DNC emails were dumped by Wikileaks—and curiously, around the same time Trump called for the Russians to get Hillary Clinton’s missing emails—I was contacted out the blue by a man named Peter Smith, who had seen my work going through these emails. Smith implied that he was a well-connected GOP political operative who knew Lt. General Michael Flynn, who would go on to become Trump's 1st Nat. Sec. Advisor + Flynn's son very well.
Although it wasn’t initially clear to me how independent Smith’s operation was from Flynn or the Trump campaign, it was immediately apparent that Smith was both well connected within the top echelons of the campaign and he seemed to know both Lt. Gen. Flynn and his son well. Smith routinely talked about the goings on at the top of the Trump team, offering deep insights into the bizarre world at the top of the Trump campaign. Smith told of Flynn’s deep dislike of DNI Clapper, whom Flynn blamed for his dismissal by President Obama. Smith told of Flynn’s moves to position himself to become CIA Director under Trump, but also that Flynn had been persuaded that Senate confirmation process would be prohibitively difficult. He would instead therefore become Nat. Sec. Advisor should Trump win the election, Smith said.
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