Released Friday, the emails cover a period of time from January 2015 to May 2016, and from the accounts of seven major figures in the DNC, including: Senior Adviser Andrew Wright, National Finance Director Jordan Kaplan, Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer, Communications Director Luis Miranda, Northern California Finance Director Robert Stowe, Finance Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish and Finance Director Allen Zachary.
While it is unclear as to how Wikileaks obtained the records, the information certainly has the leverage to cloud the upcoming Democratic party convention, which kicks off next week in Philadelphia.
The release comes just weeks after a hacker, or group of hackers, under the name Guccifer 2.0, initiated a release of records from the DNC’s computer systems.
The hacker(s) claim to be Romanian, but many believe the records may have been taken by team of Russian hackers who are trying to keep investigators off their tail. Of the documents are internal planning memos and databases of Democratic donors.
Wikileaks, operated by Julian Assange, calls the release “part one” of a new series of “Hillary Leaks.”
The leaks reveal discussion between DNC staff regarding how to deal with Bernie Sanders’ popularity, calling it a challenge to Clinton’s candidacy, and, rather than treating him as a viable candidate for the Democratic ticket, they chose to work against him and his campaign to ensure the nomination was set in stone for Clinton.
One email from DNC Deputy Communications Director Eric Walker to several DNC staffers points out two news articles showcasing Sanders leading in Rhode Island and the limited number of polling locations in the state. The email states: “If she outperforms this polling, the Bernie camp will go nuts and allege misconduct. They’ll probably complain regardless, actually.”
The leaks prove an unfair advantage toward Clinton, with the DNC breaking its own charter violations by favoring her long before any votes were cast.
“Wondering if there’s a good Bernie narrative for a story, which is that Bernie never ever had his act together, that his campaign was a mess,” DNC Deputy Communications Director Mark Paustenbach wrote to DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda.
One email indicates the DNC’s close relationship with news websites. A Real Clear Politics article proclaimed Bernie Sanders supporters were causing a lack of unity at the Nevada Democratic Convention.
“This headline needs to be changed,” urged Debbie Wasserman Schultz, top official of the DNC.
“We need to push back… Patrice, what happened, DNC had nothing to do with this, right?” Luis Miranda said, referencing DNC Director of Party Affairs Patrice Taylor.
Taylor acknowledged that the article needed to be changed to reflect the event was run by the state party and the disorder “sounds like internal issues amount Sanders supporters.”
“Walter, please connect with Stewart and get him to push back,” Miranda emailed. The last email in the thread reads: “Done. Article has been updated.”
Other emails reveal DNC staff was laundering money to the Clinton campaign instead of fundraising for down-ticket Democrats. And while both major campaigns chose not to use the joint fundraising committee super-PAC with the DNC, the DNC should have stopped itself from only participating with the Clinton campaign.
The party’s super delegates disproportionately endorsed Clinton before the primaries began, proving DNC officials chose to aid Clinton in building and maintaining a lead over Sanders. And while more votes were cast for Clinton, it’s now very clear that Sanders essentially had to run against the entire Democratic Establishment, not just Clinton.
These leaks provide voters a deeper look at what little value their voices hold in regards to the leadership of the U.S.
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