WASHINGTON, DC- Have you ever wondered why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to have a personal agenda against President Trump, more so than a political one? Now, information has come out through RealClearInvestigations (RCI) that ties Pelosi and her husband Paul into a cybersecurity firm called CrowdStrike.
If that sounds familiar, it should. The company was the organization that accused the Russians of hacking the Democratic National Committee and stealing data. Hillary Clinton then took that information to accuse the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia in the 2016 election.
After CrowdStrike made the allegation, the intelligence assets of the United States then embarked on an investigation of so-called Russian collusion which tied up the federal government and the narrative for over three years, consuming the Trump administration in what amounted to a hit job.
Now, it has been revealed that Pelosi and her husband have invested over $1 million in CrowdStrike holdings, according to recent financial disclosures. On Sept. 3, the Pelosi’s purchased the stock at a price of $129.25, with the stock having risen recently to over $140.
According to Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill, he said:
“Speaker Pelosi is not involved in her husband’s investments and was not aware of the investment until the required filing was made. Mr. Pelosi is a private investor and has investments in a number of publicly traded companies. The Speaker fully complies with House Rules and the relevant statutory requirements.”
The investment made by the Pelosi’s in the range of between $500,000 and $1 million should raise eyebrows due to the company’s involvement in the Russia collusion fraud.
CrowdStrike was instrumental in the FBI’s investigation into the alleged hacking of the DNC in 2016. RCI noted that the company’s executives had shared intelligence with the FBI on a continuing basis, making contacts in the early months of the investigation.
Esquire Magazine reported that in October 2016, when U.S. intelligence officials had first accused Russia of cyber meddling, a senior U.S. government official actually contacted CrowdStrike co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch and thanked him for “pushing the government along.” The company was also mentioned in both the final report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Senate Intelligence Committee, both of whom cited the company’s forensics.
The company drew the attention of President Trump, who during the July 2019 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, asked him to look into CrowdStrike’s role in the breach of the DNC serve, and suggested that the company may have actually been involved with hiding the identity of the real perpetrators.
CrowdStrike has significant ties to the Democratic Party and intelligence officials who drove the Russia hoax, so the investments made in the company by Pelosi and her husband asks more questions than it answers.
The law firm retained by the DNC, Perkins Coie hired CrowdStrike to investigate the data breach in April 2016. In fact, at the outset of the incident, Atty. Michael Sussmann of Perkins Coie personally reached out to CrowdStrike officials and informed them that Russia was likely behind the server breach.
When CrowdStrike went public with the Russian hacking allegation in June, Perkins Coie had already hired Fusion GPS, which is the opposition research firm which produced the bogus Steele dossier that alleged a conspiracy between Russia and President Trump.
The entanglements between CrowdStrike and the federal government are even more pronounced. The president of CrowdStrike, Shawn Henry, who led the team that remediated the alleged breach to the DNC server and blamed the hack on Russia, was formerly the assistant director at the FBI under none other than Robert Mueller.
Henry also is a former analyst at Trump-hating MSNBC, which led the charge in promoting the Trump-Russia hoax along with CNN.
Co-founder Alperovitch is a former nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, which is a Washington organization that actively lobbies for an aggressive posture toward Russia.
CrowdStrike is clearly up the Democrats behind, having donated $100,000 to the Democratic Governors Association in 2016 and 2017, RCI reported.
Clearly, CrowdStrike had numerous conflicts of interest in the Russia investigation which happened to coincide with what RCI called a “series of embarrassing disclosures that call into question its technical reliability.”
For example, early in 2017 CrowdStrike was forced to take back an allegation that Russia had hacked Ukrainian military equipment with the same malware which was claimed to have been discovered inside the DNC server.
Likewise, during the FBI’s investigation into the DNC server breach, the company never provided direct access to the FBI for the alleged hacked servers, turning back requests from the agency which reached all the way to the top of the agency, former director James Comey.
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The FBI actually had to rely on CrowdStrike’s images of the servers, along with reports that Justice Department officials later said were given to the agency in incomplete, redacted form.
In fact, the assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division, James Trainor, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the “DNC’s cooperation with the FBI’s 2016 hack investigation was ‘slow and laborious in many respects,’ and that CrowdStrike’s information was ‘scrubbed’ before it was turned over.
According to Alperovich, the company allegedly installed its Falcon software to protect the DNC’s server on May 5, 2016; however the emails were stolen from the server three weeks later, during a time period form May 25 to June 1.
Worse yet for the company, recently unsealed testimony from the House Intelligence Committee showed that Henry admitted under oath behind closed doors in December 2017 that there was no “concrete evidence” that Russian hackers had in fact stolen any emails or other data from the DNC servers.
“There’s circumstantial evidence, but no evidence that they were actually exfiltrated,” Henry said. “There are times when we can see data exfiltrated, and we can say conclusively. But in this case it appears it was set up to be exfiltrated, but we just don’t have the evidence that says it actually left.”
The information from Henry, along with a large number of transcripts were released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff only after pressure from then-acting Director of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell.
RCI reported last month that Henry’s testimony in front of the House committee conflicted with testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee just two months prior, in October 2017. According to his testimony to the Senate, Henry said that CrowdStrike was “able to see some exfiltration and the types of files that had been touched,” but not the files content.
During the same House testimony, Henry changed his testimony at the prodding of his attorneys to correct an initial answer, where he had falsely said he knew when Russian hackers had exfiltrated the stolen information.
Henry then, in trying to cover his tracks tried to make the ridiculous argument that Russian hackers “could have taken individual screenshots of each of the 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments” that ended up being distributed by WikiLeaks.
RCI reported that as CrowdStrike’s incompetence was being secreted from the public, Wall Street was being kind to the company. In 2017, just one year after alleging Russian interference, the company was valued at $1 billion. Just three years later, after going public in 2018, the company’s valuation was $6.7 billion, then raised shortly afterward to $11.4 billion.
Just over a year later, its market cap was $31.37 billion; CrowdStrike doubled its revenue on average every year, rising from $52.75 million in 2017 to 481.41 million this year.
Other companies also benefited from the Trump-Russia collusion hoax, RCI reports.
New Knowledge, which is staffed in part by several former Democratic Party operatives and intelligence officials wrote a report for the Senate Intelligence Committee that had accused a Russian troll farm of interfering in social media which allegedly duped millions of Americans; the report was later disputed.
New Knowledge itself was involved in a social media disinformation campaign for the benefit of Alabama Senator Doug Jones (D).
At the same time the Democrat party’s impeachment scam was underway in Congress, yet another cybersecurity firm with ties to the Democratic Party, Area One, was accusing the Russian spy agency GRU of hacking into Burisma, the Ukrainian energy firm where Hunter Biden was on the board of directors, for the purposes of allegedly gaining dirt on Joe Biden.
Likewise, a firm with extensive ties to the Atlantic Council and the Pentagon, Graphika, put out reports that accused Russia of impersonating both left-wing and right-wing websites in order to try to fool Americans.
With a number of firms benefiting from accusations of Russian interference in the American electoral process, CrowdStrike is front and center. Now Nancy Pelosi, who even to this day accuses President Trump of being a Russian asset, is herself benefiting financially from the success CrowdStrike has garnered perpetrating a hoax.
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