The anonymous hacker who uses the online handle Guccifer 2.0 released documents that purportedly show corrupt practices tying government bailout funds to Democratic Party campaign donations.
These files were allegedly appropriated from Clinton Foundation servers and include a folder audaciously entitled “Pay to Play.” Guccifer 2.0 detractors are doubtful that a competent Clinton staffer, or anyone, would use such a reckless and incriminating title to name a folder.
The most explosively incriminating document, if it were proven to be true, is a spreadsheet that appears to indicate that banks receiving bailouts from the Troubled Asset Relief Program were somehow expected or required to kick back a portion of their relief funds to finance Democratic elections.
Guccifer 2.0 reports, “It looks like big banks and corporations agreed to donate to the Democrats a certain percentage of the allocated TARP funds.”
This spreadsheet very clearly lists the Democratic candidate, the bank or corporation, the TARP money received and the amount donated by the banks to the candidate.
The enigmatic hacker(s) has tied government bailout funds to political donations in the past. In a leak sent directly to The Hill, Guccifer 2.0 released a series of files that made a “correlation” between bailout funds and political donors
Clinton Foundation officials have denied the server hack altogether, and in a prepared statement to Fortune stated that, “…we still have no evidence Clinton Foundation systems were breached and have not been notified by law enforcement of an issue.”
Democrats, DNC representatives, and cyber security experts have suspected that Guccifer 2.0 is working on behalf of the Russian government in an attempt to influence the coming election, an accusation that the Russians deny.
Some are challenging the origin of the latest Guccifer 2.0 leak. While the hacker, or organization, was successful in infiltrating the DNC server, as well as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), certain clues suggest that this latest reveal was recycled from the older DCCC and DNC hack, rather than from the Clinton Foundation.
Regardless of the source, any concrete evidence that could associate TARP bailouts with political donations is justification for a full Congressional investigation and criminal prosecution.
Guccifer 2.0 dismissed widespread accusations that the folders and files were faked as a publicity stunt to damage the Clinton campaign. “Keep following me,” he said.
As of November and since the alleged hack of Clinton’s servers, the Guccifer 2.0 blog includes a single October 18 post that shows how the DNC scrutinized Trump’s tax returns and financial records.
Wikileaks continues to release information demonstrating unethical behavior from Clinton staffers. Clinton backers and flagship liberal websites are referencing the Guccifer 2.0 hack as justification for casting doubt on Wikileaks claims. However, there have been no significant denials of the allegations presented in the Wikileaks files by Clinton or democratic associates named in the leaks. Instead, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine have chosen to focus on the alleged source of the leaks, believed by some to be the Russian government.
UPDATE: The metadata to from the files released by Guccifer 2.0 detailed in this article indicate that the files came from the DCCC. There is consensus from cyber security experts that the documents did not originate from the Clinton Foundation and were recycled from an earlier hack.