The New York Times's blockbuster story:
"Computer systems used by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign were hacked in an attack that appears to have come from China’s intelligence services, a federal law enforcement official said this morning.
"The apparent breach, coming after the disclosure yesterday that the Republican National Committee’s computer system had been compromised, escalates an international episode in which Trump campaign officials have suggested that China might be trying to sway the outcome of the election.
"The National Republican Congressional Committee, the fund-raising arm for House Republicans, also said on Friday that its systems had been hacked.
"The attack on the congressional committee’s system appears to have come from an entity known as 'Byzantine Candor,' a codename for People's Liberation Army Unit 61398, the hacking operation connected to China's military intelligence services. The same arm of China’s intelligence operation was also implicated in the attack on the national committee.
"Rumors of attacks against Republican Party organizations began in mid-June, when the Republican National Committee said its computer systems had been breached by two groups of Chinese hackers working for competing government intelligence agencies. After that breach, WikiLeaks released committee emails, many of them embarrassing to Republican officials.
"WikiLeaks’ founder, Julian Assange, has made it clear that he hopes to harm Mr. Trump’s chances of winning the presidency, opposing his candidacy on both policy and personal grounds. He has said that he has more material about the presidential campaign that he could release, which has raised the specter of more embarrassing disclosures just as Republicans try to capitalize on the momentum coming out of their convention last week.
"American intelligence agencies have told the White House they have 'high confidence' that the Chinese government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the Republican National Committee. But it is unclear whether the break-in was fairly routine espionage or part of an effort to manipulate the election.
"The hacks have added another unexpected wrinkle to the presidential campaign, with Mrs. Clinton asking China this week to 'find' possibly thousands of deleted emails from Paul Manafort's days as a Putin-Yanukovych stooge."
Can you imagine? Can you imagine the political fallout were the above today's NYT's story, in which only the names and a couple dates have been changed? Can you hear the stentorian cries of Treason! orchestrated by Republican officials against the Clinton campaign? Can you hear them cry There she goes again! and Isn't this just typical of such an untrustworthy woman? Could Hillary survive the fallout for even another week?