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The latest data dump from a hacker who breached the Democratic National Committee’s servers shows party leaders have researched Hillary Clinton’s past, creating a dossier that includes her travel on luxurious private jets, the Clinton Foundation’s investments, and her lucrative speech contracts.
A hacker named “Guccifer 2.0” on Tuesday began distributing more than 250 files – thousands of pages – that were likely prepared by DNC research staff.
Democrats said the hack was the work of the Russian government, which may be seeking to cause mischief in the 2016 presidential race among other motives.
Along with Clinton’s personal financial disclosures and U.S. Senate travel records, the DNC dossier included copies of contracts related to the presidential candidate’s paid speeches.
In addition to a “standard” $225,000 fee, Clinton required a “chartered roundtrip private jet” that needed to be a Gulfstream 450 or a larger aircraft, according to a report on the hack by TheSmokingGun.com or TSG.
Depending on its outfitting, the Gulfstream jet, which costs upwards of $40 million, can seat 19 passengers and “sleeps up to six.” Clinton’s contract also stipulated that those hosting her speeches had to pay for separate first class or business airfare for three of her aides.
And what type of lodging did Hillary require from her hosts?
Why, one fit for a president of course. The documents state that she demanded “a presidential suite” and up to “three (3) adjoining or contiguous rooms for her travel aides” and up to two extra rooms for advance staff. The host was also responsible for the Clinton travel party’s ground transportation, meals, and “phone charges/cell phones.”
But that’s not all.
The host also had to pay “a flat fee of $1,000” for a stenographer to create “an immediate transcript of Secretary Clinton’s remarks.”
Yet, the contract adds, “We will be unable to share a copy of the transcript following the event.”
In e-mails to TSG, the hacker claimed to be from Romania (like “Guccifer”) and portrayed himself as a “hacktivist” with “a lot of fans” and an “unknown hacker with a laptop.” He also chafed at TSG’s prior description of him as a felon. “Ok, but stop calling me the vandal. I’m not a criminal I’m a freedom fighter,” he wrote.
As for the DNC’s claim that the breach was the work of Russian intelligence agents, “Guccifer 2.0” dismissed the assertion as a “Total fail!!!”
The vast majority of the records released Tuesday focus on Clinton’s position on scores of domestic and international issues and criticisms leveled against her by Republicans and various other opponents. The documents include Clinton’s rehearsed talking points and strategies “determining the best pushback” to her critics’ arguments.
Other documents in the dump indicate the Democratic Party leaders never believed Clinton would face any significant challenge on her way to the Democratic presidential nomination.
Two months before Clinton announced she was running, a DNC researcher was already examining “Clinton foundation investments” and “Clinton foundation transparency and timelines,” according to TSG’s report on the hacker’s dump.
Along with failing to anticipate the strength of Bernie Sanders’ candidacy, the DNC records show that early research focused on Jeb Bush and how the Republican candidate’s ideas overlapped with those of “Bush 41 and 43 non-Iraq foreign policy legacies.”