An important report from The Nation magazine further undermines the Russiagate story.
“A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack”, reported Patrick Lawrence on August 9, 2017. A “great edifice” known as Russiagate had been erected ever since “events in the spring and early summer of 2016 were identified as remote hacks and, in short order, attributed to Russians acting in behalf of Donald Trump.” However a group of forensic investigators, intelligence analysts, system designers, program architects, and computer scientists “of long experience and strongly credentialed are now producing evidence disproving the official version of key events last year.” 
The independent group, which calls itself VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity), analyzed data transfer speeds and concluded remote hacks could not have accomplished the leak of Democratic National Committee (DNC) files. Instead, the evidence points to an onsite transfer of files to a storage device such as a thumb drive. 
The report in The Nation magazine offers the following timeline (except for the last item added by me):
- June 12, 2016: Julian Assange announced that WikiLeaks had and would publish documents pertinent to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
- June 14, 2016: CrowdStrike, a cyber-security firm hired by the DNC, announced, without providing evidence, that it had found malware on DNC servers and had evidence that Russians were responsible for planting it.
- June 15, 2016: Guccifer 2.0 first appeared, took responsibility for the “hack” reported on June 14 and claimed to be a WikiLeaks source. It then posted adulterated documents.
- July 5, 2016: Guccifer again claimed he had remotely hacked DNC servers, and the operation was instantly described as another intrusion attributable to Russia.
- July 10, 2016: Seth Conrad Rich, an employee for the DNC, was fatally shot in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Officially they have been blaming the murder of Seth Rich on a “botched robbery.” But what if it was really a botched assassination? A professional assassin would have shot Mr. Rich in the head. But suppose Seth Rich detected the attempt-in-progress and tried to evade the “hit”? That would explain why Seth Rich was shot in the back.
On August 9, 2016, WikiLeaks announced a $20,000 reward for information about Rich’s murder leading to a conviction.  This is unusual for Wikileaks to have offered a reward, indicating the Seth Rich case is somehow especially important to them.
In May 2017 a Special Inquisitor, Robert Mueller, was appointed to delve into the Russiagate allegations. But lately Inquisitor Mueller has branched out from Russiagate, as if that avenue has been unfruitful. If there is no Russiagate, how does Mueller keep his job? And how, anyway, does one fire a Special Inquisitor?
——- Sources ——-
 “A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack”, by Patrick Lawrence. The Nation (online), August 9, 2017. https://www.thenation.com/article/a-new-report-raises-big-questions-about-last-years-dnc-hack/
 “Murder of Seth Rich”, Wikipedia, August 15, 2017.