It's time for Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia. https://t.co/D8oSmyVAR4 pic.twitter.com/07dRyEmPjX— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 31, 2016
Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg: Clinton Plugs Another Weak Story About Trump’s Ties to Putin
With the polls tightening, and the unexpected announcement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still looking into her e-mails, it was perhaps inevitable that Hillary Clinton would strike out at Donald Trump by raising his alleged connection with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. But her latest attack has little basis in fact.
On Oct. 31, Slate published a story by Franklin Foer, suggesting that the Trump Organization maintained a server whose purpose was to communicate with two servers at Alfa Bank, a financial institution in Moscow. The story described Alfa as a possible Kremlin front and cited a “Union of Concerned Nerds” -- anonymous techies who obtained the Trump-registered server’s logs -- along with one of the biggest names in tech, Paul Vixie, a founder of the internet, who looked at the logs and concluded something “secretive” was going on. It made much of the Trump Organization allegedly renaming the server after a New York Times reporter started asking questions (like Foer, he had been tipped off by the Concerned Nerds’ Reddit posts) and said Alfa was the first to communicate with it after the renaming.
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WNU Editor: As I had mentioned yesterday .... Is There A Donald Trump - Kremlin Connection? The FBI Says No (October 31, 2016), this Russian - Trump connection is bogus, but Leonid Bershidsky in the above post does a better explanation on why.
Update: Her allies in the media are also pushing this story .... but quoting an unnamed western intelligence officer who is not retired as your source is a guarantee that this story is going to go nowhere .... A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump (David Corn, Mother Jones).