Business Insider reports, citing The New York Times:
US intelligence analysts suspected at least as far back as last month that a mixture of hacked and forged emails from the Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings might be leaked online as an “October surprise” in the 2020 US election…
You only had to follow certain Russian-language Telegram channels to figure out that the Russians had been cooking up some nasty anti-Biden stuff and arranging for their Ukrainian puppets (there still are too many of those) to pass it on to Trump’s team. As far back as September or even in August, if I remember correctly.
News that Burisma had been hacked first surfaced in January. The Times reported then that the GRU, Russia’s main military-intelligence agency, was responsible for the breach…
The paper said the analysts were concerned “Burisma material would be leaked alongside forged materials in an attempt to hurt”… Joe Biden.
I’m pretty sure that’s what happened. At any rate, the so-called leak’s provenance screams “Russian plant!” The dumpster the files came from is a Russo-Ukrainian fake factory.
Four years ago, I would have dismissed this origin as implausible but these days, it’s simply the only sensible explanation. Stories generated by America’s adversaries deserve to be suppressed. Not by the government, of course, but by responsible media and social network operators.