Hackers from the Russian military have reportedly hacked Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company that Hunter Biden, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, worked at and which sparked controversy for Joe Biden.
“The hacking attempts against Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company on whose board Hunter Biden served, began in early November, as talk of the Bidens, Ukraine and impeachment was dominating the news in the United States,” The New York Times reported. “It is not yet clear what the hackers found, or precisely what they were searching for. But the experts say the timing and scale of the attacks suggest that the Russians could be searching for potentially embarrassing material on the Bidens.”
“The Russian attacks on Burisma appear to be running parallel to an effort by Russian spies in Ukraine to dig up information in the analog world that could embarrass the Bidens,” The New York Times added. “The spies, the official said, are trying to penetrate Burisma and working sources in the Ukrainian government in search of emails, financial records and legal documents.”
The controversy surrounding Hunter Biden’s work at Burisma comes from Hunter Biden being hired by Burisma, with no experience in the field at all, during the time that Joe Biden was in charge of U.S. interests in Ukraine.
“Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine appears to have been well compensated. Burisma paid $3.4 million to a company called Rosemont Seneca Bohai LLC from mid-April 2014, when Hunter Biden and Mr. Archer joined the board, to late 2015, according to the financial data provided by the Ukrainian deputy prosecutor. The payments continued after that, according to people familiar with the arrangement.” The New York Times reported last May.
According to investigative journalist John Solomon, in early 2016 the Latvian government flagged a series of “suspicious” payments from Burisma to Hunter Biden, and asked Ukraine to help investigate. Solomon writes, “The Feb. 18, 2016 alert to Ukraine came from the Latvian prosecutorial agency responsible for investigating money laundering, and it specifically questioned whether Vice President Joe Biden’s younger son and three other officials at Burisma Holdings were the potential beneficiaries of suspect funds.”
He continues, stating that this information “adds to a growing body of evidence that questions and investigations of Burisma were swirling in early 2016 just before Joe Biden used his authority as vice president to force the firing of Ukraine Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin in March 2016 by threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid.”
In 2018, Biden boasted about using his power as Vice President in March 2016 to force the firing of Ukraine Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was investigating his son.
“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden bragged. “Well, son of a b*tch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”