How to Spot a Liar // Hacks by Donna Brazille

When you have two explanations, my gut always senses that one of them is a lie.

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Excellent instinct Donna!Ironically, The Terror Comes Home chapter is dedicated to convincing readers of more than just two explanations, and my gut tells me at least one of them is a lie. If you’re not familiar with Donna Brazille she was the interim chair at the DNC who shared the debate questions with Hillary. Quickly apologizes, then she couldn’t find the emails, then she couldn’t remember doing it, then finally she blamed the Russians. Clever.

Luckily for us, she’s not clever enough to trick the tools of modern technology. You can validate that the emails were authentic by verifying the DKIM. Or read the posts by Solsticlipse and Errata Security who have done exactly that.

After Wikileaks released the Podesta emails, proving collusion between CNN and the DNC and that both had rigged the election against Bernie, Brazille was fired from CNN and forced to apologize. It’s obvious from reading the book that the apology was more forced than any mobster image I had of Hillary standing over Brazille, wrench in hand, asking her to leak the debate questions.

Word for word, this is the email that Brazille sent to Betsaida Alcantara, VP of Communications at the infamous left-wing Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and Director of Media Planning for Hillary during the campaign.

Re: From time to time I get the questions in advance

On Mar 12, 2016, at 4:39 PM, Donna Brazile<> wrote:

Here’s one that worries me about HRC.


19 states and the District of Columbia have banned the death penalty. 31 states, including Ohio, still have the death penalty. According to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, since 1973, 156 people have been on death row and later set free. Since 1976, 1,414 people have been executed in the U.S. That’s 11% of Americans who were sentenced to die, but later exonerated and freed. Should Ohio and the 30 other states join the current list and abolish the death penalty?

Sent from Donna’s I Pad. Follow me on twitter @donnabrazile

As read life on CNN the next day:

Since 1976 [we’ve] executed 1,414 people in this country. Since 1973, 156 who were convicted have been exonerated from death row. This gentleman here is one of them. This is Ricky Jackson wrongly convicted of murder in 1975. He spent 39 years in prison. He is undecided. Ricky, what’s your question?

Question emailed to John Podesta:

Re: From time to time I get the questions in advance


Secretary Clinton, yesterday in St. Louis, you spoke at carpenters and others “who built this nation.” Both you and Senator Sanders depend on big union support. President Obama pushed for a massive infrastructure bill that would mean millions of jobs for in this area. Yet many of these trade unions have locked out Blacks and other minorities for years. Will you call a meeting with them before November, and if you win, when you are president, to demand that the trade unions stop freezing Blacks and others from these good-paying jobs?

As read live on CNN:

Secretary Clinton, yesterday you were in St. Luis. And you talked about carpenters and the rebuilding of the country. The folks who built this nation. And both you and Sanders have significant union support. Yet many of the trade unions that we talk about who build the country, they locked out black folks and minorities for decades. Would you even right now, and even as president call a meeting with the trade union and say its time for you to open up those doors and bring in more African Americans more Hispanics and others? Because those are high paying jobs. And we keep saying we build America infrastructure and billions of dollars. They’re the ones that are going to do it, and black folks and others are going to be left on the outside looking in.

Liars repeat the question

I was in daily contact with all the campaigns, the party, and the candidates to develop ideas for topics to include in the debate. But sharing debate questions?

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Liars hedge their statements

I couldn’t remember sharing any questions with any of them.

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Liars will not use contractions in their denials

“What? That was impossible. CNN never gave us the questions in advance. Plus that subject line—bragging like that—did not sound like me.”

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Liars tell stories in strict chronology

Still, I couldn’t be sure that my home computer held the answer. In June 2016, the IT team at the DNC technicians wiped all emails connected with any device they did not consider to be secure. Did the emails from that time survive on my home computer? I didn’t know.

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Lies are often surrounded by people who undermine their lies

Rebecca, my producer and my boss at CNN, didn’t seem too concerned. This was merely housekeeping, she told me. She assured me it would all blow over soon.

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No one in the party said I should resign as interim chair, but no one from the campaign came to my defense, either. Perhaps they understood that this was a hit job. Most of the messages I got were private, from colleagues saying they were praying for me, that I should ignore this and go forward.

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I’ve learned the ways of lie spotting well from Pamela Meyer.

Who is Seth Rich?

One of the most troubling aspects of this book is not that she’s lying, it’s trying to understand why she’s lying. Wikileaks exposing her emails, the timing of the publication of her book, her calling Hillary a cancer on the DNC all conveniently boosts support for Trump.

And just like Hillary, when she’s caught she goes for the least damaging lie.

The book is dedicated to Seth Rich, the man who was said to have leaked the Hillary emails to Wikileaks. He was murdered in a robbery, where the robbers took nothing.

Now, why would Donna Brazile fear for her life if Seth Rich’s death was due to a robbery?


Since the hacking, Brazile has spent a significant amount of time with security and tech people. A senior volunteer at the DNC hacker house was a previous employee at Coinbase. He and the hacker house got her on Soylent and taught her about reading log files. She’s active on Twitter, she has to know about the allegations against Hillary involving the murder of Seth Rich. But shes careful to never correlate the two.

The closest she comes is the eeriest mention of Seth Rich in the book on her last phone call with Hillary.

And don’t forget the murder of Seth Rich, I told her. Did she want to contribute to Seth’s reward fund? We still hadn’t found the person responsible for the tragic murder of this bright young DNC staffer.

You’re right, she said. We’re going to get to that. But she really had to go. She had made the call and checked it off her list, and I accepted after we said our good-byes that I might never hear from her again.

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It could be a stunt to market the book to the Trump people. Or it could be that writing this book is her protection against ending up mugged like him.

I’m sorry I bought the book.
I wouldn’t give this woman a single satoshi.
Email me, and you can have my copy.
Use it as fodder in the meme wars.