28 July 2016

Hacked DNC Emails Are Just The Beginning

Jeff Weaver
If the hacked internal Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails published by WikiLeaks last 23 July is any indication, then the public should expect more damaging leakages in the coming days that could potentially doom the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

The email leaks showed that some DNC staffers at the party hoped to undermine the presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the bitterly contested Democratic primary. The scandal that followed led to the resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., last 24 July, the eve of the party’s nominating convention. Now Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, says he believes the initial leaks haven’t exposed everything the DNC did to sabotage Sanders’ effort to win.

WikiLeaks has said there is "more coming." When asked about it, Weaver said he believed more messages showing inappropriate behavior by the DNC, which was supposed to remain unbiased in the primary, might yet be released. Weaver pointed to the fact that the emails released so far only include the time between January 2015 and May of this year.

"The emails only cover a certain time period, so there are other time periods and, if they have the emails, I'm sure there are emails in there," Weaver said.

The DNC brought in security experts to investigate a potential breach in April, and the suspected hackers were locked out of their system by June. So far, the leaked emails show DNC staffers talking about pressing Sanders on his Judaism or alleged atheism in hopes of damaging him during key state primaries. Sanders has maintained he is not an atheist. The messages also show DNC staff talking about spreading a "narrative" that Sanders' campaign was "a mess." That idea was nixed. The messages also show complaints among DNC staff that Sanders, who has been an independent for the majority of his political career, is not really a Democrat.

These messages were written amid tensions between Sanders' team and the DNC. At multiple points during the primary, the Sanders campaign and particularly Weaver alleged that the DNC was biased in favor of Hillary Clinton, who ultimately became the party's presumptive nominee. In some of the messages released by WikiLeaks, Wasserman Schultz called Weaver an "a**hole" and a "liar" for complaints he aired publicly.

In May, Sanders endorsed Tim Canova, Wasserman Schultz's rival in her upcoming Florida primary.