Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a state awards ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Russian scientists, music, theatre and cinema figures were presented with a state awards by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday. (Maxim Shipenkov, Pool Photo via AP)

Donald Trump Probably Has His Opposition Research File Now

The ties between Moscow and Donald Trump seemingly run deep. To this day, Trump refuses to criticize Vladimir Putin. He brought in one of Moscow’s favorite American political consultant, Paul Manafort, to run his campaign. Many of his most ardent and rabid twitter fans are actually Russian trolls masquerading as American voters. Now, Russian hackers have managed to get Donald Trump’s opposition research file from the DNC in a computer hack.

Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach.

The intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system that they also were able to read all email and chat traffic, said DNC officials and the security experts.

The intrusion into the DNC was one of several targeting American political organizations. The networks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted by Russian spies, as were the computers of some GOP political action committees, U.S. officials said. But details on those cases were not available.

I no longer think these are all coincidences. The web of connections between the Trump campaign and Moscow continues to grow. At some point coincidences and happenstance collide. The Russians have taken Trump’s oppo file while Russian hackers harass anyone critical of Trump who himself will not criticize Putin.

Vladimir Putin is intent to have his man in the White House and Republicans are helping him.

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