Summary of “The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians”

A few weeks later, right around the time the DNC emails were dumped by Wikileaks-and curiously, around the same time Trump called for the Russians to get Hillary Clinton’s missing emails-I was contacted out the blue by a man named Peter Smith, who had seen my work going through these emails.
Smith had not contacted me about the DNC hack, but rather about his conviction that Clinton’s private email server had been hacked-in his view almost certainly both by the Russian government and likely by multiple other hackers too-and his desire to ensure that the fruits of those hacks were exposed prior to the election.
Following the DNC hack and watching the Russian influence campaign surrounding it unfold in near real-time, Smith’s comment about having been contacted by someone from the “Dark Web” claiming to have Clinton’s personal emails struck me as critically important.
Smith routinely talked about the goings on at the top of the Trump team, offering deep insights into the bizarre world at the top of the Trump campaign.
Smith told of Flynn’s moves to position himself to become CIA Director under Trump, but also that Flynn had been persuaded that the Senate confirmation process would be prohibitively difficult.
Over the course of a few phone calls, initially with Smith and later with Smith and one of his associates-a man named John Szobocsan-I was asked about my observations on technical details buried in the State Department’s release of Secretary Clinton’s emails.
A few weeks into my interactions with Smith, he sent me a document, ostensibly a cover page for a dossier of opposition research to be compiled by Smith’s group, and which purported to clear up who was involved.
We couldn’t show that Smith had been in contact with actual Russians.

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