As we’ve seen today, Rudy Giuliani, like his boss, says a lot of dumb or unguarded things when he speaks off the cuff. Back on July 28th of 2016 had this to say on The Mike Gallagher Show.
Remarking that if the Russian government “could get into the DNC server and be in there for one year, which they were, the DNC server is a more modern server, much better protected than the old equipment that Hillary had hanging around in the garage at home.”
“If they could get into that DNC server, they owned her server in Poughkeepsie,” Giuliani said, although the Clinton server was located in Chappaqua, New York. “And not only did they own it, you know, but so did the Russians, possibly the Israelis, maybe a couple of our other allies. And we do the same thing, so don’t get all upset.”
The text is from an article from that day in Politico. (It was passed on to me by a reader/friend.) This was one day after Donald Trump asked Russia to hack more of Clinton’s emails (7.27.16) and six days before Donald Trump Jr sat down with an Israeli social media influence campaign entrepreneur and an emissary (8.3.16) from the princes of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates offering their support to help elect Donald Trump.
I’m not as convinced as my friend that these two things are connected. Th0se emissaries from Israel and the Gulf monarchies, brought to the meeting by Erik Prince, weren’t offering hacked emails. They were offering Cambridge Analytica/Internet Research Agency-style social media influence campaigns. But why exactly was Rudy talking about Israel and “maybe a couple of our other allies”?
Perhaps he simply meant these are the countries that have aggressive cyber capacities. Israel certainly counts in that group. I’m less sure of the Gulf states. But lots of other countries do too. China, Iran, North Korea as well as other garden variety allies have these capacities. That’s certainly plausible. But it hardly seems likely. So what was Rudy talking about?
I truly don’t know. But remember, Giuliani previewed something big coming just before the Comey Letter was released. Just after it was released Rudy said that there was an anti-Clinton “revolution going on inside the FBI” that had spurred Comey to send his letter to Capitol Hill and was driving a rethinking of the decision not to prosecute Clinton. There are lots of these unguarded statements from Rudy littered over the closing months of the 2016 campaign. I don’t think they’re random or simply unconnected to anything. They’re like little glimpses of a matrix of secrets that still waits to be fully uncovered and exposed.