According to numerous reports, including this NYT article from October 2007, the McCain presidential campaign paid the social media company, 3EDC, more than a million dollars, which was about 1/10 of their entire campaign budget at the time when Rick Davis took over John McCain campaign in 2007. 3EDC was founded by a former partner of Rick Davis, Paul Manafort. As you can see in the New York Times article below, there were other concerning relationships with 3EDC, most of which flew in the face of McCain’s own politics. The new connection I have just made verifiably adds Chinese Intelligence/Influence to this mystery.
I would also add when you read further down below that you notice how crappy a website 3EDC was. For a company paid nearly $3 million for web services by McCain’s campaign and the RNC, 3EDC sure sucked at making their own website. I guess it’s just a case of, “the plumbers leaky pipes?”
NYT October 2007 – “All told, 3eDC billed the campaign more than $1 million for Web services during the first half of the year. (The amount still owed the company accounts for about a third of the campaign’s debt.) News reports also noted that Davis Manafort, the business development and consulting practice from which Mr. Davis is on leave, had been giving campaign advice to the Ukrainian prime minister, Viktor F. Yanukovich, a favorite of the Kremlin, whose power Mr. McCain often warns against.”
The NYT article goes on to report the campaign was seemingly pulled from political ashes by a viral social media posting showing John McCain service videos. It was published by a group called Foxhole Productions.
NYT October 2007 – “And when high-priced media consultants left the financially struggling campaign, a group of loyalists working for little or no money made a searing television commercial showing footage of Mr. McCain as a prisoner of war. The group that made the advertisement called itself Foxhole Productions.”
I cannot prove it, but having spent years pioneering social media psychological warfare for the Department of Defense, and Foxhole Productions sounds an awful lot like what in military psychological warfare nomenclature is know as IIA, or Interactive Internet Activities.
I developed IIA for a company called Dynology from October 2007- April 2010. Dynology was owned by a lifelong friend of John McCain; Gen. James Jones. Dynology was a very small, family owned business in which nearly 1/3 of the 15 employees when I started were immediate members of Gen. Jones’s family.
One of the products I helped pioneer for Dynology was known as the ShadowNet and its relational database, iPsy. In simplest terms, the ShadowNet and iPsy were marketed by Dynology commercially, and had the ability to alter the outcome of any size election. It was built to provide the exact same covert, social media psychological warfare capabilities we indicted the 13 Russians for last summer. Only difference is the ShadowNet was built and owned by the former NATO Supreme Allied Commander. Wow, that’s kinda awkward…
Here is a copy of the original Dynology “ShadowNet” commercial marketing slick.
Prior to 3EDC taking over McCain’s IT services, Dynology was providing the McCain campaign IT security services. As you can see in the screenshot below of 3EDC’s website captured in 2007, Dynology was 3EDC’s #1 strategic partner. Click for link to Google’s WayBack capture of the screenshot below.
Now take a look at this Google WayBack Machine capture of 3EDC’s website on March 4th, 2007 below. It is from their “about” page and describes their tools, “…to affect results in the political, social, and commercial worlds.” I’m pretty sure anyone working with me developing IIA in Iraq at the same time 3EDC is selling these micro-targeted social media capabilities to John McCain’s presidential campaign would be EXTREMELY worried.
This is when I found something extremely disturbing, and I am calling on the FBI to investigate this further. Notice the public website Paul Manafort’s company 3EDC is using is at www.3edc.NET (I capitalized NET to highlight its significance.) Notice the email address is not @3edc.net, it is @3edc.com
Ok, so let’s take a look at who owned 3EDC.com on November 20th 2007 that is listed on 3EDC’s website contact information… Bohan IT – a state owned Chinese IT company.
This is an english translation of 3EDC.com’s website several months after the info@3EDC.com email address was listed on the Manafort/Davis corporate site. I would like for ANYONE in U.S. Intelligence to tell me hosting or purchasing anything from that company used in a presidential campaign isn’t an IMMEDIATE red-flag!
From translation – As a Chinese joint venture company of Sakura Internet Co., Ltd. (TSE Mothers listing list 3778, Japan’s top backbone capacity No. 1), since May 2006, we have been conducting Internet hosting business by self-contract data center in Shanghai.
(C) Copyright 2007 BohanIT Shanghai Henan Intelligence Technology Co., Ltd. Copyright ownership
Why is a person like me with over a decade with the Department of Defense information security concerned when I see a presidential candidate with potential ties to Chinese influence and intelligence? Because this presidential candidate also had a nickname of “Songbird” McCain, and it has been long suspected that Chinese Intelligence had tapes of Songbird McCain singing like a bird to North Vietnamese Intelligence Officers, that’s why…
I am asking our law enforcement to look into this. I can think of a 1000 ways this relationship looks treasonous, and only about 1 way it could be coincidental. I’m hoping someone else might pick this up and peer-review it for accuracy. Please, tell me I made an obvious mistake here, but I just can’t see how.
Lastly, if you are a Republican, I’m saying with 99% certainty that technology from the ShadowNet and iPsy, which was owned by Gen. James Jones, a 40-year personal friend of John McCain, was used by Jones, Manafort and Davis to alter the outcome of the 2008 Republican Primary. Are you ok with not having this investigated? I would also add that I have connected the ShadowNet to several more of Mueller’s indictments.
POST PUBLICATION UPDATE:
I noticed that in 2013 it was reported that the Chinese had hacked both the Obama and McCain campaign servers. As previously mentioned, Dynology provided McCain’s IT security and I remember being told back in 2008 that the intrusion happened after 3EDC had replaced Dynology just after winning the primary. Jim Jones, the president of Dynology told me that with kind of a snicker, which is why I remember it.
Based on what I can see and know, it seems to me like Paul Manafort’s company, 3EDC, may have been the source of the data spillage/breach, but it seems more like there was a relationship between the Chinese Intelligence agency and 3EDC, and not a criminal/victim one you would expect to see.
That said, this new information forces me to change my odds on this being coincidental or not known to Manafort went from 1000 ways it looks treasonous, to two ways it could just be a coincidence. If 3EDC was a Chinese hosted and apparently owned domain, that could easily, and in fact be highly likely, a false-flag. Just thought I would add that little nugget in as well 🙂