In a statement today, FBI Director James Comey claimed that Lehel admitted to the FBI that he was lying about having accessed the clintonemail.com server.
Whether Lehel ever made such an admission or not is irrelevant to this post. (I have no way of knowing whether Lehel lied to the FBI or whether the FBI is lying about what he said.)
The point of this post is to report on the state of the #Guccifer2 hashtag on Twitter following Comey's revelation.
Social media users overwhelmingly fail to appreciate that even if Guccifer did admit that he lied about accessing clintonemail.com, that has nothing whatsoever to do with the authenticity of the DNC documents leaked by Guccifer 2.0.
The fact that the distinction between Guccifer and Guccifer 2.0 is lost on much of the public suggests something about how little attention people are paying to the DNC hack--but it suggests far more about how little coverage the Guccifer 2.0 revelations have received from corporate media.All of you #Guccifer2 @BernieSanders people that shared docs, they all were fake. #DrinkingTheKoolAid #fact https://t.co/6hqyb4724m— Michael A. Brown (@920MichaelBrown) July 7, 2016
Earlier this week, Twitter was abuzz with rumors that Guccifer 2.0 had been found dead in his jail cell (which is impossible, since he remains at large--unlike Lehel, whose death was the subject of a debunked story).
Today, Twitter is abuzz again with assertions that the DNC hack must not be authentic because Marcel Lehel lied about accessing clintonemail.com. Even people who understand that the Guccifers are different hackers still blur the two hacks based on Comey's statement:Not a good night. The #AltonSterling video and reports that #Guccifer2 might be dead. No, not a good night at all.— Dres1011 (@Dres1011) July 6, 2016
How strange that people who have no trouble understanding the difference between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush somehow fail to grasp the difference between Marcel Lazar Lehel (Guccifer) and the unidentified hacker whose handle (Guccifer 2.0) is an homage to Lehel.Hey all you #Guccifer & #Guccifer2 conspiracy theorists. Sucks 2BU. Dir. Comey just confirmed they lied about hacking Sct Clinton. Lol!— Schmeldo (@58isthenew40) July 7, 2016
Might that be because the Guccifer 2.0 story has been almost entirely ignored by televised corporate news?
I think it might.