Alexandra Chalupa warns the DNC that her personal email appears to be under attack and says they need to speak offline. The warning comes after a DNC colleague sends her an email with a link to a PolitiFact story about Paul Manafort’s history.
This email appears in the July WikiLeaks drop but does not include the image Chalupa attaches. According to Chalupa, she received a series of messages from her private Yahoo email account that “state-sponsored actors” were trying to hack into her emails. The messages began on April 20th.
In 2014, Alexandra Chalupa was researching the Ukrainian crisis for a client when she first heard about Paul Manafort and his involvement in the events in Ukraine, including ties to the Russian oligarch’s that funded his boss’s political takeover.
In 2015, she began to notice similarities to her research within the Trump campaign. In her free time, she started researching Trump’s ties to Russia. While she wasn’t sharing her research or her contacts with the DNC, she occasionally mentioned things that felt concerning.
Two months before Paul Manafort joined the Trump campaign, she told the DNC that his involvement in the campaign would prove her suspicions of Russian involvement.
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