The FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating faked documents intended to discredit the Hillary Clinton campaign as part of a much broader investigation into what U.S. officials believe has been an effort by Russia to disturb the presidential election.
SEN TOM CARPER
Senator Tom Carper, a Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, has sent one of the documents to the FBI for study on the grounds that his name and stationery were forged to make the document seem authentic.
The document was forged to look as if Carper had written to Clinton. Carper stated the Department of Homeland Security had advised him of a risk that a “massive” cyber-attack “could change the election results in favor of a specific candidate.” The document dated October 3 was reviewed by Reuters. Read the document.
The document was faked to appear as if Carper was writing to Clinton, as a warning, quoting the Department of Homeland Security had warned him of a risk concerning a “massive” cyber-attack” that could change the election results in favor of another candidate.
IN THE END
It ends, “Any suspicious incident will be immediately reported to your assistants so that a recount of votes could be timely organized. You will not lose the election because of some compromised electronic voting systems.” This letter is only one of several documents presented to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice for review in recent weeks, the sources said.
Carper spokeswoman Meghan Pennington confirmed “Our office became aware of a fake letter on Senator Carper’s official letterhead and immediately referred it to federal law enforcement to investigate its genesis.”
As part of an investigation into suspected Russian hacking, FBI investigators have also asked Democratic Party officials to provide copies of other suspected faked documents that have been circulating along with emails and other legitimate documents taken in the hack, people involved in those conversations said.
U.S. intelligence officials have warned privately that a campaign they believe is backed by the Russian government to undermine the credibility of the U.S. presidential election could move beyond the hacking of Democratic Party email systems. That could include posting fictional evidence of voter fraud or other disinformation in the run-up to voting on Nov. 8, U.S. officials have said.
Russian officials deny any such effort.
In addition to the Carper letter, the FBI has also reviewed a seven-page electronic document that carries the logos of Democratic pollster Joel Benenson’s firm, the Benenson Strategy Group, and the Clinton Foundation, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
SEVERE STRATEGY CHANGES
The document, identified as a fake by the Clinton campaign, claims poll ratings had plunged for Clinton and called for “severe strategy changes for November” that could include “staged civil unrest” and “radiological attack” with dirty bombs to disrupt the vote.
Like the Carper letter, it was not immediately clear where the fraudulent document had originated or how it had begun to circulate.
On Oct. 20, Roger Stone, a former Trump aide and Republican operative, linked to a copy of the document on Twitter with the tag, “If this is real: OMG!!”
A spokesman for the Clinton campaign, Glen Caplin, said the document was a fake and part of a “desperate stunt” to take advantage of the leak of Democratic emails by Wikileaks.
UNUSUALLY PROMINENT ROLE
The developments highlight the unusually prominent role U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies have played in a contentious election and an ongoing debate about how public they can or should be about their inquiries.
It is time for the following question to be asked – is Russia trying to start another “Cold War” with the United State? It is also strange that Roger Stone is showing up all the time in situation such as this.