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Wikileaks Operative Tells Radically Different Story of How It Got DNC Emails: "Inside Leaks, Not Hacks" Former British ambassador Craig Murray has come forward in the foreign press to assert the DNC emails released by Wikileaks were not obtained by hacks, but rather came via leaks within the Democratic National Committee. Murray has a checkered past, according to his detractors, as a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan who came under fire for alleged unethical practices. After an investigation, Murray was cleared of charges of misconduct; but he left the service in 2004 and later joined forces with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The Wikleaks operative told his version of the story how DNC and Clinton Foundation emails were obtained by Wikileaks to The Daily Mail. “Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians,” Murray said in an interview. “The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.”

The Daily Mail explains the motivation of a purported source within the Democratic Party for turning over emails:

A Wikileaks envoy today claims he personally received Clinton campaign emails in Washington D.C. after they were leaked by 'disgusted' whisteblowers - and not hacked by Russia. [...]

He said the leakers were motivated by 'disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders.'

U.S. intelligence agencies and private firm Crowdstrike, contracted by the DNC itself to investigate, have a high degree of certainty that the DNC was hacked from the outside. A partial list of the evidence leading investigators to believe the emails were obtained by hackers, via The Intercept:

Phishing: Domain similar to the target's domain used in order to obtain transmissions from DNC employees associated with IP of Russian-affiliated hacking network Apt 28/Fancy Bear

Malware: The same IP is believed to have placed malware on the DNC's computers to communicate with Apt 28/Fancy Bear

DCLeaks.com was registered by person using same email service as hackers involved in phishing expedition

Such evidence conflicts greatly with Murray's account of how Wikileaks obtained the DNC emails. Nonetheless, he alleges that he met a contact near American University, which is located near Washington D.C.