The various overwhelming and smoking headlines about some email scandals appearing recently have lost steam and apparently have gone bust.
Hunter Biden emails.
‘Hunter Biden emails were said to be shopped around in Ukraine for $5 million, while Giuliani met with officials and businessmen there last year’:
Emails said to belong to Joe Biden’s son Hunter were shopped around in Ukraine last year, while Rudy Giuliani met with officials and businessmen there, sources told Time magazine in a Wednesday report.
Two people told Time they were approached with emails, though they declined to say who made the offers in May and September of last year. They also said they did not know whether the emails were real or whether they were the same material that was published last week by the New York Post.
Comment: In our opinion, there was not much to this story from the beginning. This BI post now sends the story to its grave.
‘US intelligence officials say Iran and Russia obtained voter registration information to interfere in election’:
Iran is behind intimidating emails sent to some Democratic voters officials say.
Iran is behind the spoof emails to some voters and is spreading disinformation online about sending fraudulent ballots from overseas, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Wednesday. Russia has also gotten access to voter registration data, just as it did in 2016, he said.
Both Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray said no votes have been compromised. “Today, that [election] infrastructure remains resilient,” Wray said Wednesday. “You should be confident that your vote counts.”
National security officials didn’t really offer many other details in their abrupt announcement. The spoof emails appear to be those sent to some voters in Alaska and Florida, which claimed to be sent from the Proud Boys, a far-right organization. The emails reportedly targeted Democratic voters, claiming they had access to voting infrastructure and threatening them if they did not vote for Trump.
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Officials did not elaborate on how they concluded Iran was behind the spoof emails and other disinformation, nor did they give many details about Russia’s potential activities. Ratcliffe said the disinformation promoted by Iran was intended to “incite social unrest” and damage President Donald Trump, though, again he did not offer more details about that conclusion. Neither Ratcliffe nor Wray took questions.
Comment: Vox writes:
And as many have pointed out, voter registration rolls are publicly available, and so it’s not clear what exactly it means when officials say foreign actors obtained voter registration data. In 2016, Russia did target voting systems in all 50 states, though no voter information or votes were changed.
That does it for us-no big deal.
The End. We now can watch the NBC Second Presidential Debate without worry that Hunter Biden probably will be arrested before the Election, or that our vote will not count on election day.