Dexter Filkins is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who recently appeared on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” to explain his new report in the New Yorker on some mysterious web traffic between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank in Russia, making it some of the most curious information yet in the Trump/Russia scandal.
Filkins told Maddow that he “got to talk to the scientists who looked at the data, they wrote up a report, I have the report.”
“It took a long time, but I was able to kind of do a deep dive into this very vexing question,” he said.
“It wasn’t spam, it wasn’t malware, it wasn’t email. So what was it?” he asked. The scientists “thought for instance, maybe it was something called ‘foldering,’ when you type a draft and you don’t send it, and then somebody else can sign on, read the draft, write another draft, you can read that.”
“So the email never goes anywhere?”
“It never goes, exactly,” he replied. “There is a DNS lookup, and it’s logged, and that’s of course the records we had.”
“Not so many fingerprints, but they do leave DNS records,” he noted.
“So the content of the communications remains the Holy Grail here?” Maddow asked.
Filkins also noted that if Robert Mueller has gathered more data, he would be able to pinpoint the person who shut down Trump’s server after The New York Times asked Alfa Bank’s DC lobbyist for comment on the deal.